Czech National Ballet ‘Symphony II’ to Premiere
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2014 is the Year of Czech Music, to which we aim to respond with this production. It bears the title Czech Ballet Symphony II and links up to the 2007 production, in which music by distinguished Czech composers wedded with works created by Czech choreographers of different generations.
And the same will apply to the new triptych.
The mixed bill will open with Jiří Kylián’s legendary choreography to Bohuslav Martinů’s Field Mass. As a matter of fact, it is actually a remake, since the title was in the National Theatre repertoire previously, from 1992 to 1996.
The engrossing dynamic choreography is a powerful statement of twelve men/soldiers, bearing within a vociferous protest against war and also depicting silent, intimate fear, despair and hope. Neither the work itself nor its message has lost any authenticity after all the years. …
Photo Credits: Pavel Hejny