The Zagreb audience will experience for the first time the star choreographer Jiří Bubeníček who found inspiration for this ballet in the sci-fi novel Metropolis by Thea von Harbou. Von Harbou also co-wrote the screenplay for the masterpiece film of the same title which was directed by her husband Fritz Lang.
The action of the ballet is set in the city of Metropolis and this futuristic urban dystopia follows Freder, the son of a rich local industrial magnate, and the poor worker Maria. Between them is a huge chasm that separates the classes of this dystopian place; this is a story about capitalist society, about rich and poor, about the working class toiling deep under the city so that the privileged rich class can live their life of luxury. The set and costume design were inspired by the art deco style. Clean lines and the futuristic design also match the period in which the novel was written, and the performance will be an exceptional artistic experience for the Zagreb audience as well as the first encounter with the choreographic style of Jiří Bubeníček.
Jiří Bubeníček is a Czech choreographer and dancer. He trained at the Prague Dance Conservatory and worked as a principal dancer with the Hamburg Ballet and Dresden Semperoper Ballet. He has won numerous dance awards. Having retired from dance, he has focused on his career as a choreographer. His works have been performed on the stages of New York City Ballet, Zurich Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, Dresden Semperoper Ballet, China National Ballet, among others.