June 25, 2012
The Jiří Myron Theatre at 19:30
František Chaloupka Eva and Lilith (commissioned by Ostrava Center for New Music)
Jiří Nekvasil, David Bazika, Stage directors
Lucie Vítková, Lucie Páchová, Voice
Dunami Ensemble (Brno)
František Chaloupka (1981, Frýdek-Místek) initially studied singing and composition at the Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava (2000-04). He then continued his composition studies at the Janáček Academy of Music (JAMU) in Brno under Martin Smolka. Subsequently, he attended the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague in 2006, studying under Louis Andriessen, Martijn Padding, Richard Ayres, Clarence Barlow, Diderik Wagenaar, and Gilius van Bergeijk. Ostrava Days Festival 2007 hosted a performance of his orchestral work An Ancient Calligraphy. Chaloupka graduated from JAMU in 2009, after completing his piece Naklonit si Nebesa (Smooth the Heaven) for symphony orchestra. His compositionwas performed by Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava at Ostrava Days 2009. In 2011 he founded Dunami Ensemble, where he is Artistic Director. Eva and Lilith is his new opera, commissioned by NODO festival.
Eva and Lilith
Adam and Eva. Adam and Lilith. Eva and Lilith.
According to ancient Mesopotamian myths, Jewish Gnostics and Cabalists believe the first wife of Adam wasn’t Eva but Lilith. Lilith was created to be equal to Adam, but she was too wild and independent. After she resisted God, she was expelled to the Red Sea, where she became the bride and mistress of demons. Adam had prayed to God to find her, so God sent three angels to bring her back, but she decided to stay.She became an evil demon. This story was discarded from Bible. According to legend, Lilith was also a snake who gave Eva an apple in revenge.
The opera Eva and Lilith draws on the theme of these contrasting archetypes: the meek and faithful Eva, and the demonic and sensuous Lilith. These two archetypes are struggling, both against each other as well as against the male world.
This mythological story about these two great characters is interwoven with scenes from history where two women fight against each other – mostly the two women of a famous man. Scenes recall the fate of famous actresses, or Jim Morrison’s mistresses, Nazi boss’ wives, ancient heroines, holy women, cursed women and witches. It is a reflection about woman’s position in society and how women deal with a world ruled by powerful men.
Eva and Lilith is a féerie sparkling with erotic charge, a multifarious collage, a curio cabinet display. It is an exhibition of feminine beauty and sublimity as well as of their reverse face: that of darkness and feminine demons.