30. dubna  2012 v 11:46  rubrika: English

About DRDS

DRDS - Radost - Foto: Václav Flegl

DRDS - RadostFoto: Václav Flegl

Many generations and hundreds of people have had their lives enriched by the cultural experience of having been part of the Disman Ensemble (DRDS). Every year, almost a hundred children were prepared for roles in radio dramas.

DRDS has been named after its founder, Miloslav Disman, an outstanding educator and radio worker. It has been operating within the Czech (formerly Czechoslovakian) Radio ever since 1935. As in the past, even today, most ‘Dismaners’ are introduced to the making of radio programmes and, in addition, the Ensemble continues in its traditional general cultural education. A significant aspect of Ensemble’s activities has been the production of theatre shows, as well as children’s direction towards musical and artistic education. 

In the course of one season, DRDS usually produces three or four new shows and makes tens of performances in Prague as well as on tours throughout the Czech Republic and abroad. The Ensemble permanently cooperates with various agencies, dubbing and TV studios.  

Zdena Fleglová - Foto: Václav Flegl

Zdena FleglováFoto: Václav Flegl

Václav Flegl - Foto: Khalil Baalbaki

Václav FleglFoto: Khalil Baalbaki

Václav Flegl and Zdena Fleglová became the artistic directors of DRDS in 1990. They were inspired by the personality of Mr. Disman and by his dream of an extensive cultural center, and they revived his theatrical, musical and other artistic traditions as well as the tradition of DRDS presentations.  

Radio DISS is for most ‘Dismaners’ a distinctive form of relatively independent radio production. Originally, the project took place in a rather experimental way during the Ensemble’s summer camps. Recently, however, it has served as the basis for production of DRDS’s own radio programmes many of which have later been broadcasted on the Czech Radio. 

Lingvisticke pohadky

Lingvisticke pohadky

Radio DISS was founded in 1994 by Nikola Hořejš, Václav Flegl jn. and Libor Bouček and since then it has produced hundreds of radio reports, interviews, hours of live broadcast and a number of radio shows. It has quite naturally served as a springboard for quite a few reporters of the Czech Radio.  

Repertoire / What’s on 

Vánoční mše - J. J. Ryba - Foto: Khalil Baalbaki

Vánoční mše - J. J. RybaFoto: Khalil Baalbaki

J. J. Ryba: The Czech Christmas Mass (Česká mše vánoční)
Accompanied by shepherds and others, come along to Bethlehem and celebrate the birth of Jesus!
presented by DRDS
music played by Archioni Plus Orchestra
musical staging by Kateřina Macourková and Michal Macourek
scene by Barbora Veselá
conducted by Michal Macourek
directed by Zdena Fleglová 

Spor u Jesliček, sv. Mikuláš - Foto: Václav Flegl

Spor u Jesliček, sv. MikulášFoto: Václav Flegl

The Dispute in Bethelehem (Spor u Jesliček)
Rakovník Christmas play from the end of 17th century, preserved in a manuscript
Members of DRDS in the roles of angels, shepherds, sheep and dogs, kings and the Holy Family, accompanied by Archioni Plus Orchestra conducted by Michal Macourek.
Directed by Zdena Fleglová.
A well known, somewhat apocryphal literary artwork served very well as a structure to be embellished by the most beautiful Bohemian and Moravian Christmas carols as well as hymns in Latin. Being part of the choir of angels or the Holy Family is an hounor for every ‘Dismaner’ and when we didn’t find enough time for the show a year ago, the Jesus, the Three Kings and even the public sighed sadly. 

Vrať nám, ptáku, Hastrmana - Foto: Václav Flegl

Vrať nám, ptáku, HastrmanaFoto: Václav Flegl

Schifauer, Binar: Bird, give Hastrman back to us! (Vrať nám, ptáku, hastrmana)
libretto by Ivan Binar
music by Edvard Schiffauer
directed by Zdena Fleglová
costumes by Barbora Veselá
singing and playing: members of DRDS
orchestra conducted by Michal Macourek
Children’s opera by Edvard Schiffauer to a libretto by Ivan Binar follows the Ensemble’s tradition of performing children’s opera Brundibár by Hans Krása. While Krása’s opera originated in troubled times of World War II, “Hastrman” was written by the writer and composer together, being political prisoners during the period of normalisation. The tale tells a story of children saving their friend Hastrman who had been kindnapped by an evil bird Zoban, and how the kidnapper catches up with the children in the end. On one hand, it is full of children’s plays and games, on the other, it is also full of pure determination to confront the evil. And this will ultimately prevail.
The first performance of this show took place on 17 December 2008 in Minor Theatre in Prague. 

Brundibár - Foto: Václav Flegl

BrundibárFoto: Václav Flegl

Hans Krása: Brundibár
a children’s opera in two acts to a libretto by Adolf Hoffmeister
piano accompaniment by Michal Macourek
directed by Zdena Fleglová
musical collaboration by Eva Svobodová, Petr Mandel
motion collaboration by Ivana Helebrantová
“I didn’t even know that on 26 September 1943 a group of Jewish children played the children’s opera Brundibár, composed by my friend Hans Krása. Most of those who attended the performance on stage and in auditorium, were killed.”
Adolf Hoffmeister
We won a victory,
over the tyrant mean.
Sound trumpets, beat your drums,
and show us your esteem!
We won a victory,
since we were not fearful,
since we were not tearful.
Because we marched along,
singing our happy song,
bright, joyful and cheerful!
He, who loves his Dad,
mother and native land,
who wishes tyran’s end,
join us hand in hand,
and be our welcome friend!
The first performance of the show Brundibár took place on 18 October 1991 in Terezín.
Brundibár has been on DRDS’s repertoire ever since 1991. We have performed it many times all around the Czech Republic and also at Du Marais festival in Paris (22 – 27 June 1993), at the Kristallnacht remembrance ceremony in Berlin (6 – 8 November 1993), in the European city of Culture 1995 – Antverppen (7 – 15 May 1995), at Prague Spring festival in 1998 and in 1999 we performed its English version in the USA. For the last time, we performed Brundibár in Sweden, in September 2010. This number of perfomances is of course impossible to perform in a single cast. Those who played in the first performance are grown ups nowadays, and when we performed in Terezín for the first time, today’s cast had not even been born. 

Zahrada - Foto: Martin Kutil

ZahradaFoto: Martin Kutil

The Garden (Zahrada)
„Once upon a time, five boys were on their way to school. So, they were walking and in a tall wall made of stones, they suddenly noticed an old iron gate, all rusty. And so the five boys stopped and said they would have a look what’s behind the gate.“ And what was there? Let’s have a look with them...
Based on Jiří Trnka’s book “The Garden” (Zahrada), the Disman Ensemble has produced a show of the same name. For a couple of months, Tereza Gsöllhoferová and Matěj Vejdělek dived into the world of children’s plays, adventures of all kinds and strange creatures.
Performed by members of DRDS.
Costumes by Barbora Veselá
Artistic supervision by Zdena Fleglová
Directed by Matěj Vejdělek and Tereza Gsöllhoferová 

Peaceničky - Foto: Václav Flegl

PeaceničkyFoto: Václav Flegl

Pronounced “Písničky” (meaning Songs).
“The basic concepts of social thinking in the Slavic ethnic groups were included in the term "MIR" which meant a structured world, secured by rituals, support for the gods and traditions, including members of the tribe, in contrast to the surrounding world, hostile, disorganized and evil.“ Vratislav Vaníček: Dějiny zemí Koruny české
Sung, performed, danced and played by members of DRDS.
scene by Barbora Veselá
directed by Zdena Fleglová 

Autor:  Jiří Švorc

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