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Opus Osm Minutka: Oliver Twist

This classic English tale is probably best known for the famous line, “Please sir, I want some more,” but this orphan story is told entirely through the language of dance. Opus Osm Minutka (Little Minute): Five Fast Facts About Bohemia Ballet’s Oliver Twist 1 This is the first Prague presentation of the story as a ballet. French choreographer Bérangère Andréo adapted the story for dance, set to music by Rachel…

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Czech Natl Ballet’s ‘Vertigo’

The Czech National Ballet is preparing a new production, this time borne in the spirit of contemporary dance. . . . . . . . . . This is an excerpt of the full article, which you can find by clicking here. Or click on the black “Re:Source” tab at the top of the page. A mixed bill will present the essence of works by three distinguished and singular contemporary…

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Re:Source – Vertigo

This article is presented as a service to Opus Osm readers by The Czech National Ballet. Česká verze je dole. Vertigo The Czech National Ballet is preparing a new production, this time borne in the spirit of contemporary dance. A mixed bill will present the essence of works by three distinguished and singular contemporary European dance-theatre creators: Moldova’s Radu Poklitaru, Italy’s Mauro Bigonzetti, and Sweden’s Alexander Ekman. The three sharply…

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Opus Osm Minutka:Portrait & Paradiso

Opus Osm Minutka (“Little Minute”): Five Fast Facts about 420People’s Portrait Parlé and Paradiso The acrobatic artists of contemporary dance company 420People premiered their latest works at Jatka 78 on Apr 14. The artsy crowds were as colorful as the backdrops in this former-slaughterhouse-turned-artists’ space in Prague’s Holešovice neighborhood. 1 Nataša Novotná’s choreography explores the way we interact in a modern world: Portrait Parlé begins in the lobby while audience…

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The Prague Spring Festival’s Big Numbers

Prague Spring’s official 70th birthday celebrates big numbers: the 700th birthday of Charles IV (1355-1378) – the 11th Czech king, and Holy Roman emperor. The Prague Spring International Music Festival May 12-June 4 offers you music in a huge number of genres. You’ll hear motets, Marian song forms, Chinese music drama, 17th and 18th century Spanish musical gems — to sonatas, symphonies, operas — even flamenco, rock, jazz, and shakuhachi!…

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OpusOsm Minutka: FOK’s ‘Ring’ Classics

Some music tells a story with notes alone. Other music remains connected to onscreen images burned into our memories. The Prague Symphony Orchestra’s Lord of the Rings performance allowed fans to appreciate both versions of famous ‘Ring’ music. OpusOsm Minutka (Little Minute): Five Fast Facts about FOK’s “Pán Prstenů (Lord of the Rings)” 1. The Prague Symphony Orchestra’s abbreviation “FOK” stands for “Film-Opera-Koncert” — FOK got its start in 1934…

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Hába: Familiar Name/Forgotten Music?

If you’ve taken music classes, you may know the name Alois Hába (1893-1973). Yet his music is rarely performed. That’s why the high attendance at a recent concert surprised everyone. Hana Dohnálková, dramaturgist of the PKF’s series, “Krása Dneška” (The Beauty of Today), was really surprised by the number of the people who came to the March concert at Roxy’s NoD Theatre. “There are so many of you today. Maybe…

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DKP, A Path to Professionalism

Pavel Šmok. Jiři Kylian. Nikola Márová. Many of the Czech dance names that we know and love have one thing in common: they are proud alumni of the DKP – Dance Conservatory of Prague (Taneční Konzervatoř Hlavního Města Prahy). The Dance Conservatory of Prague was founded shortly after the end of WWII, on October 11, 1945. Students study the normal academic curriculum while dipping their toes into these dance classrooms…

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Magazine: DKP, A Path to Professionalism

Pavel Šmok. Jiři Kylian. Nikola Márová. Many of the Czech dance names that we know and love have one thing in common: they are proud alumni of the DKP – Dance Conservatory of Prague (Taneční Konzervatoř Klavního Města Prahy). The Dance Conservatory of Prague was founded shortly after the end of WWII, on October 11, 1945. Students study the normal academic curriculum while dipping their toes into these dance classrooms…

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Jac & Jan & FOK

Conductor Jac van Steen returns to lead the Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK) in concert with the award-winning young violinist Jan Mráček, Apr 13-14. This is the beginning of the full Re:Source article which you can read by clicking on the Re:Source tab at the top of this page. The principal guest conductor of the 81st season of the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Jac van Steen, likes monumental pieces. One of them…

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Re:Source – Jac & Jan & FOK

This Re:Source article is provided as a service to Opus Osm readers by The Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK) Conductor Jac van Steen returns to lead the Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK) in concert with the award-winning young violinist Jan Mráček, Apr 13-14.   The principal guest conductor of the 81st season of the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Jac van Steen, likes monumental pieces. One of them is Strauss’ tone poem Also Sprach…

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Your Opus Osm April 2016 Calendar

Sure, recordings are a great invention. Still, nothing beats a live performance. We were reminded of this by seeing the plump feather comforters and puffy big Czech feather pillows airing on balconies and windowsills Easter weekend. Yes, you can still see this in little Czech villages (and some apartment towers in the cities), even in this polyester age. Preserving historic culture – and its effect on contemporary world arts –…

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Secret Life of the Czech Philharmonic

The Czech Philharmonic strips down to jeans and trainers, to reveal top (musical!) secrets to a curious audience. Renowned conductor Jiří Bělohlávek, popular presenter Marek Eben, and leading scriptwriter/filmmaker Alice Nellis – together with the Czech Philharmonic – took the stage in February. But not for a normal concert. They were there to disclose the behind-the-scenes work of Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier and Janáček’s Příhody lišky Bystroušky (The Cunning Little Vixen),…

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Juliette, Martinů’s World without Memory

Martinů’s surrealist opera Juliette – The Key To Dreams (Snář) premieres Mar 24-25 on The National Theatre stage, playing there for only the fourth time since its original Prague premiere in 1938. Bohuslav Martinů’s rush of inspiration derived from Georges Neveux’s original play which premiered in Paris in 1930. Out of the blue in 1936, Neveux receives a letter from Martinů: “…I have just finished reading your Julietta – I…

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The FOK & Dvořák’s Stabat Mater

Many believe that Dvořák’s immortal Stabat Mater oratorio was written in memory of his young children. But the Czech composer was a religious man in any case. Learn the story of this work, an Easter tradition for The Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK). The Story Behind The Prague Symphony Orchestra’s Easter Concert Tradition This is the beginning of a longer, “Re:Source” article by The Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK). Click here to…

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Re:Source- Dvořák’s Stabat Mater

Many believe that Dvořák’s immortal Stabat Mater oratorio was written in memory of his young children. But the Czech composer was a religious man in any case. Learn the story of this work, an Easter tradition for The Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK). The Story Behind The Prague Symphony Orchestra’s Easter Concert Tradition This “Re:Source” article is sponsored as a service to our readers by The Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK) Antonín…

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