Florea Thatrum - the unique transportable baroque theatre
By the year 2014 the civic association Musica Florea decided to create a worldwide unique project of transportable Baroque theatre Florea Theatrum. The fundamental concept of the Florea Theatrum project is a transportable wooden stage based on the unique construction technologies of the high Baroque. Visually it is based on the aesthetically-powerful effect of deep perspective, achieved by an ingenious combination of backdrops, wings, and soffits. The wealth of varied decorations, historical painting techniques, original lighting methods using a combination of candlelight and mirror systems – all of these authentically evoke the poetics of stage architecture in historical theatres. The models for this project were stage constructions and machineries preserved through several centuries, some of them renovated in accordance with historical parameters, in Český Krumlov, Litomyšl, and the Swedish royal palace at Drottningholm.
The stage can be adapted for existing theatres, relatively large halls, and also, with simple roofing, for outdoor venues. Thus even in non-historical surroundings it allows fully-authentic productions of Baroque and Classical operas, melodramas, ballets, school plays, and spoken plays along the lines of commedia dellarte. It is also open to new alternative stage projects. In July 2014 the Florea Theatrum was introduced by contemporary premiere of Scarlatti’s opera Seria. In 2015 another contemporary premiere will be introduced, and that is Johann Josef Fux’s Costanza e Fortezza.
The study and performance of music-theatre-dance and art synthesis in Baroque operas accompanies Musica Florea from the beginnings. Lets remind the significant projects as Sub Olea pacis et palma virtutis – Melodrama de Sancto Venceslao (J. D. Zelenka), operas Castor a Polux (J. Ph. Rameau), La Danza (Ch. W. Gluck), Terpsicore(G. F. Händel), Dioclesian (H. Purcell) or Armida (G.Scarlatti). In 2015 Musica Florea prepares renewed premiere of Baroque opera Costanza e Fortezza by Czech composer J.J. Fux. The performance will be one of the most important moments in the “Baroque beauty of west Bohemia” project, which is a part of Pilsen – the European Capital of Culture in 2015 - programme.