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Re:Source – Choreographer Javier Torres’ Letter to His Audience

This backgrounder article is provided as a service to Opus Osm readers by The Czech National Ballet. České verze je dole. Dear Audience, It is my pleasure to share with you my latest production: a new version of La Bayadére, specially commissioned for the Czech National Ballet. Originally created by Marius Petipa in St Petersburg in 1877, the ballet is set in India and tells the dramatic story of a…

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Re:Source – Valmont

Valmont The game of seduction has a single rule: You must never fall in love This backgrounder article is provided as a service to Opus Osm readers by The Czech National Ballet. Česká verze je dole. Scenario: Zdeněk Prokeš, Libor Vaculík Choreography and stage direction: Libor Vaculík Music: Franz Schubert, Pēteris Vasks Music direction: Petr Malásek Set design: Martin Černý Costume design: Roman Šolc World premiere: 26 June 2014 at…

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Re:Source: The Czech Ballet Symphony II

This backgrounder article is sponsored by The Czech National Ballet as a service for Opus Osm readers. Autentickou českou verzi článku najdete níže The Czech National Ballet presents Ballet Symphony II Czech Ballet Symphony II, linking up to the 2007 mixed bill, will be premiered within the “Year of Czech Music.” The performance is made up of works by Czech choreographers created to Czech music – Field Mass by Jiří Kylián, Stabat…

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Re:Source – ‘Mozart in Prague’

Book: Mozart in Prague By Daniel E. Freeman 2013, Bearclaw Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota USA In English, 334 pages American musicologist Dr Daniel E Freeman has repeated the service begun with his earlier book Josef Mysliveček, ‘Il Boemo’ by releasing another very helpful and authoritative volume in English, this time about Mozart’s musical, social, and financial connections to Prague. The author says in his introduction that one of his goals was…

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Re:Source – Juliet’s Sorrow, Romeo’s Grief, in Ballet

. This backgrounder article is sponsored by The Czech National Ballet as a service for Opus Osm readers. Autentickou českou verzi článku najdete níže. Premieres of Romeo and Juliet are set for Nov 14 and 15 at The State Opera, with further performances Nov 17 and 20. Further performances are scheduled in December 2013; and in January, February, and May 2014. . The Czech National Ballet presents Romeo and Juliet Music: Sergey Prokofiev Choreography…

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Re:Source: Mysliveček, Rediscovered

Book: Josef Mysliveček, ‘Il Boemo’ The Man and His Music By Daniel E. Freeman 2009, Harmonie Park Press, Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA In English; a Czech translation is currently in production. You may have noticed works by Josef Mysliveček (1737-1781) gradually appearing in more repertoires both here in the Czech Republic and abroad. The importance of this old Czech composer’s modern “discovery” is clearly explained in this carefully researched and…

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Re:Source– Ballet Premiere: Krabat (Čarodějův Učeň)

This backgrounder article is sponsored by The National Theatre Ballet as a service for Opus Osm readers. Autentickou českou verzi článku najdete níže. . The Story Behind Krabat, or The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Čarodějův Učeň) Premieres are set for Feb 28 and Mar 1 at The National Theatre, with the nearest further performances at 2 and 7 pm on both Mar 3 and 17. Amidst a landscape of undulating hills, overgrown…

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The Czech National Ballet Presents Americana III

The Czech National Ballet presents Americana III Autentickou českou verzi naleznete dole. This backgrounder article is sponsored by The Czech National Theatre as a service for Opus Osm readers. For the third time in our history, we will be presenting a mixed bill made up of choreographies of American provenience. George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and William Forsythe are an especially homogenous trio of artists who invented a truly unforgettable ballet…

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Staging the Joy of Life

Sleeping Beauty:Staging the Joy of Life This backgrounder article is sponsored by The National Theatre Ballet as a service for Opus Osm readers. Sleeping Beauty is one of the most-often staged ballets (besides Swan Lake and The Nutcracker), appearing frequently in the repertoire of (not only) major ballet companies worldwide. Moreover, Sleeping Beauty has a unique position in the work of the legendary ballet-creator team Tchaikovsky-Petipa. Yuri Slonimsky, a well-known…

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Christopher Bruce and Moonshine Come to Prague

This backgrounder article is sponsored by The National Theatre Ballet as a service for Opus Osm readers. Introductory word by Christopher Bruce The music for all three ballets that make up this programme was recorded in the latter part of the twentieth century. However, a basis of folk music going back centuries is present in many of the tracks and represents a theme which links all three works. In The…

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Pocket Smetana

The Pocket Smetana Bedřich Smetana, Na Cestě z Litomyšle/On the Way from Litomyšl Olga Mojžíšová, Radmila Habánová, Hana Klimešová, Jan Pikna 2009, Smetanova Litomyšl, publisher 94 pgs, paperback, 50 kč In Czech and excellent English This is a handy little book to add to your library, whether or not your collection contains information on classical music and composers. After all, these days if you want to know about a composer,…

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