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Opus Osm Minutka: Preview decadance

Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin brings his ‘gaga’ dance style to The Czech National Ballet’s performance of his decadance. Here’s a quick look at ‘gaga.’ Opus Osm’s Minutka (Little Minute) Five Fast Facts about decadance premiering June 4, 5 at The New Stage 1 Ohad Naharin actually didn’t start dancing until he was 22; but then he went straight to the top – studying at Juilliard and the School of the…

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Opus Osm’s June 2015 Prague Events Calendar

Traditionally, June heralds the opening of summer vacation for classical music, opera, and ballet. But there’s still so much to do and see this month! Most of the ″stone theatres″ and orchestras are finishing their regular season this month. So now is a good time to grab the tickets and go to a performance – a great way to kick off your own summer holiday! But the June calendar, like…

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Ohad Naharin’s decadance

This backgrounder article is presented as a service to our readers by The Czech National Ballet. Ohad Naharin: decadance For the first time ever, the Czech National Ballet’s repertoire will include works of the legendary Israeli creator Ohad Naharin, who for several decades has been among the crème de la crème of the world’s modern dance theatre. Choreography: Ohad Naharin Lighting and set design: Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi) Costumes: Rakefet…

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Opus Osm Minutka:Tribute to Ping Pong

The Norwegian choreographer Jo Strømgren and contemporary dance group 420People present the Czech interpretation of A Tribute to Ping Pong at the TanecValmez festival, Valašské Meziříčí, June 5-7. Opus Osm ‘Minutka’ (‘Little Minute’): Five Quick Questions for Choreographer Jo Strømgren on 420People’s Playful Production 1 Where did this idea come from? In 1997, Jo Strømgren and four friends created a quirky happening, A Dance Tribute to Football, he tells Opus…

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Hansel & Gretel’s Miraculous Road Show

Matěj Forman imaginatively links art with a circus feeling to keep audiences spellbound in The State Opera’s Hansel and Gretel (Jeniček a Mařenka). The performance differs from what we know and expect from the fairy tale or the original opera by Engelbert Humperdinck and his sister librettist Adelheid Wette. But this is an unconventional approach by stage director, co-author of the libretto adaptation, and experienced co-author of the set design,…

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Opus Osm Minutka: Czech Philharmonic Tells All

For three nights the Czech Philharmonic promises to ‘reveal all’ as it invites you ‘backstage’ to watch an informal onstage rehearsal. Opus Osm ‘Minutka’ (‘Little Minute’): What Happens in an Orchestra Rehearsal? Five Fast Facts about the Czech Philharmonic’s Zkouška Orchestru (Orchestra Rehearsal) — open to the public — May 5, 6, and 7, 7:30 pm, at The Rudolfinum 1 The informal presentation, led by Marek Eben interviewing Conductor Jiří…

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Morn til Night: Your May Calendar

The merry month of May comes alive with great performances – classical music, opera, ballet – literally from morning til night. Read on for some specific suggestions. The Prague Spring International Music Festival runs from May 12 through June 3. One of the many highlights: The Chamber Music Weekend May 22-25, with top performances at various locations, as early as 11 am, running through the early afternoon and evening, and…

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70th Prague Spring & World War II

The 70th edition of the world-famous Prague Spring International Music Festival May 12-June 3 brings a delicate, healing musical touch to the theme of World War II. Roman Bělor, the Festival director, explains that orchestras from some cities that suffered devastation during the war – Hamburg, Saint Petersburg (Leningrad), and Liverpool – will give guest performances. And, “We will be commemorating Dmitri Shostakovich as figure who exemplifies the struggle of…

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Key Words: Shift, Fidget, and Wiggle

Try this: Put your keyboard over your left hip. Now look at your screen over your right shoulder. Hold this pose for at least 45 minutes. That’s what a typical violinist does – for several hours every day. And that doesn’t include twisting your left hand, while holding a bow in the fingers of your right. So it’s no surprise that a typical musician can develop just as many career-related…

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Opus Osm Minutka: Berg’s Nuberg Sampler

The Berg Orchestra observes its 20th anniversary this year, and also continues with its Nuberg Awards supporting young composers of contemporary music. Watch a sampling of it here. . . . . . . Opus Osm’s ‘Little Minute’ (Minutka) Series: The Berg Orchestra’s Nuberg Winners 5 Fast Facts about The Berg Orchestra’s Nuberg Winners 2014 1 Watch this slideshow (below) featuring music clips and photos from the Nuberg Awards concert…

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The Ondřej Havelka-Gluck-Greek Orpheus

This is the story behind the story behind the story: Czech jazz/swing musician/director Havelka directs Gluck’s Baroque version of a classic Greek myth … on film. –Got that? Ondřej Havelka, in addition to his music, also directs films. He had the opportunity to produce and film Gluck’s Baroque opera Orpheo ed Eurydice (1762) in the classicly preserved Baroque theatre in Český Krumlov. During last month’s Opera Festival 2015, the film…

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What to See, Hear, Watch: Your April Calendar

Dozens of spectacular performances await you in concert halls and on ballet stages throughout the month of April. You can find out what, when, and where they are by checking our Events Calendar at the top right of every Opus Osm page. Here are just a few highlights: Of course, it wouldn’t be spring without the glorious music of Easter, whether in church services or concerts. A true Czech and…

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Collegium 1704′s ‘Great’ Performance

Baroque orchestra Collegium 1704’s last concert sold out every seat. The timing couldn’t have been better. The Feb 24 concert marked the beginning of Lent. Their featured opus, Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor, is labeled “Great” mainly due to the impressive scope of Mozart’s composition. Yet it is a piece very much conducive to a period of self-reflection and restraint. Composing works as profound and moving as the words…

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Ballettissimo, Contrasts in Choreography

The Czech National Ballet’s newest work offers starkly contrasting choreography and Czech, Italian, and German influences. The Czech National Ballet’s Artistic Director Petr Zuska opened the Mar 6 premiere on a classical note. He presented selected movements from his Symphony No. 1 in D Major by Gustav Mahler. The dancers flowed from the wings in a constant stream of pairs and groups. The ladies curved in soft C-shapes to the…

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Italian Cultural Institute Shares Its Treasures in Prague

When you think of impressive concert halls in Prague, don’t overlook the Baroque Chapel tucked away on Šporkova street in Malá Strana. The Baroque Chapel of the Italian Cultural Institute in Prague is a treasure trove of artistic beauty, offering music, art exhibitions, and more. The Italian Cultural Institute has a long history of hosting classical music concerts, usually featuring an Italian guest, often performing with Czech accompanists. For example,…

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The Soldier & the Dancer Tickles Audiences

Martinů’s production of the 1927 opera The Soldier and the Dancer (Voják a Tanečnice) uses visual gags, high-energy dance numbers, and plenty of adolescent humor. Opera is usually associated with sophistication – booming Italian baritones playing out soap opera drama on a stage for educated audiences. But Martinů’s The Soldier and the Dancer is an opera for a wider and sillier audience, which seems fitting as a part of Prague’s…

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