The performance Dark Love Sonnets views the changes in the world and its ways during one life time through the prism of poetic vision and the philosophical background of duende.


The images from the intimate world of the poet F.G. Lorca take place in his memories and presentiments - from his earliest memories of plowing a field to his premonitions of his own murder during the civil war. The world surrounding García Lorca changes in parallel with a growing desire to love, a desire that brings for the suffocating and forbidden sexuality, pain, frustration, rebellion and understanding. Specifically for this staging the collection Sonnets of Dark Love, by F. G. Lorca, was first translated into Czech (by Marek Říha and Alexandra Berendová).

It hit me in the way that only theater can, and even then only very rarely: the work was invisible, and I felt myself close to a reality which had up till now been beyond the horizon. It gripped me, something I do not admit, something that I did not even know I didn’t know – about a man and his suffering. And it concerned me – for love is after all not merely a private feeling, but a basic life force and a compositional principle of the world. I empathized, and was anxious about how vulnerable we are to it, inside and out… Love bears us up and cruelly threatens us at the same time… Defenseless, yes, but not pitiful, we don’t have to be. That’s how I imagine catharsis.“ Jana Pilátová, Dance zone


Performed by: Matej Matejka, Emil Píš, Gabriela Pyšná, Hana Varadzinová, Róbert Nižník, Maja Jawor, Eliška Vavříková, Miriam Bayle, Viliam Dočolomanský

 Duration: 55 min



Premiere 12th of May 2002, Palác Akropolis, Prague

Creative Team

created by Viliam Dočolomanský, Matej Matejka, Emil Píš, Gabriela Pyšná, Zuzana Rusznáková, Hana Varadzinová, Róbert Nižník, Vendula Prager

Concept, script Viliam Dočolomanský

Directed by Viliam Dočolomanský

musical dramaturgy, arrangement, vocal arrangement Miriam Bayle

Dramaturgical assistance Alexandra Berková, Jitka Martinková

factography and research consultant Ian Gibson, Daniel Gája

Scenography and costume design Jana Preková, Martina Lukešová

Production Farma v jeskyni

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For Promoters

Farm in the Cave’s standard space requirements for performances are as follows: a space with good acoustics which can also be completely silent during performances; typically we use a black box or site-specific space with minimal dimensions of 10 x 10 meters, with a height of 6 meters; at least 6 months before the performance our technical team of 2-4 persons must make a preparatory visit.

The maximum number of audience members at individual performances varies, but is usually no more than 450. 
The number of performers per performance varies between 5 and 13, and the technical – production staff is between 4 and 6 people.
The minimum number of performances presented in one place is 2. The company can play 2 performances per day are available on request – the latest start time is 21:00 local time.
The length of preparation and adaptation depends on the specific performance and local conditions, with a minimum of 1-2 days necessary prior to the day of the first production.
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The organizers pay for: fees; costs of shipping scenography; personnel transport; local transportation to the performance location; housing; per-diems; costs connected with preparatory technical visit. The organizer agrees to pay for costs of equipment rental if the space to be used does not have the equipment necessary.