Tag: 420People

Opus Osm Minutka: 420…Fashion!

Partnering with local Czech designer Josefina Bakošová, the dance company 420People launches a collection of active wear, and not just for dancers. Opus Osm Minutka: 5 Fast Facts about Josefina Bakošová for 420People 420People branches out beyond the movement of their bodies into the materials that cover them. The Czech dancers and designer launch a collection of active wear designed for dancers, also available to their audiences. We viewed the…

When 420People ‘Plug and Play’

Contemporary dance group 420People fused with vibrant, savage band Please The Trees One for a one-night-only performance called Plug and Play. What was it like? The exciting, evening-long event celebrated 20 years of the unique international project ″4+4 Days in Motion.″ An impressive number of exceptional Czech and Slovak dance and theatre groups gathered on one stage at Divadlo Archa Oct 10 for this special occasion. Among others, VerteDance performed…

Opus Osm Minutka: 420People’s Nataša Novotná

Two dancers, Nataša Novotná and Václav Kuneš, founded the contemporary dance company 420People eight years ago. Today Nataša Novotná answers Opus Osm’s 5 Quick Questions about the innovative troupe. Opus Osm’s Minutka (″Little Minute″) 5 Quick Questions for Nataša Novotná 1 How would you describe the partnership between yourself and your co-founder, Václav Kuneš? I think I’m the pusher. I think that he’s gentler with people and I’m the harsher,…

OpusOsm Minutka: TanecValmez Dance!

The Czech dance community gathered in the Moravian town of Valašské Meziříčí in early June to celebrate the international language of dance. Take a peek. Opus Osm’s Minutka (″Little Minute″): 5 Fast Facts about the TanecValmez Contemporary Dance Festival June 5-7, 2015 1 Friday and Saturday night’s programs featured an opening act of amateur performances from local dance schools. Proud parents filtered into the outdoor theater to support the young men…

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…

Moving Cities Prague, Dance in the City Streets

The Prague metro, tram stops, and city streets provide a gritty stage for the latest addition to a package of dance films set in major world cities. You may recognize well-known performers from the Czech National Ballet, 420People, VerteDance and more in Moving Cities Prague. It’s the fifth in a series of short films that “capture international dancers in real settings.” Previous film locations include Paris, London, Brussels, and Yerevan…

420People’s Love & Loss: Phrasing the Pain

Belgian choreographer Anne Van den Broek creates Phrasing the Pain for the Czech dance company that was born at Nederlands Dans Theatre. The spotlights target the people in the audience and the performers are hidden on the stage behind this curtain of light. First come Nataša Novotná and Václav Kuneš. She painfully touches and hugs him, trying to bring life into the body of her partner. All her touches are…

Dancers Shine at Golden Prague Awards

For dance fans, five dance companies provided the real show at Czech Television’s ‘Golden Prague’ awards night. From classical to contemporary, solo performances to synchronized ballet, the live dance performances in between the awards and speeches showed the diversity of the Czech dance scene. In particular, a few promising young artists demonstrated that audiences will continue to be delighted for years to come. The annual Czech Television awards evening came…

Hell in Heels: 420People’s ‘Inferno’

‘Hell on wheels’ is the idiom describing someone who behaves in a difficult way – which certainly applies to the movement in 420People’s new production. 420People’s latest show, Inferno, Dante’s Variations (Peklo, Dantovské Variace) lives up to its billing as an experimental performance. Peklo was inspired by Dante’s Inferno and his observations of hell. And the company describes the piece as “A tragicomic parable on a human fight with sorrow,…

Standup Dancers

Contemporary dance group 420people premieres Mirage, a look at the similarity between standup comedians – and dancers – and people everywhere. At first glance you might think it a bit of a stretch to compare comedians and dancers. But 420people’s co-director / choreographer Václav Kuneš makes the similarities painfully clear. Most obviously, standup comedians often take frustrating, real-life situations and ‘stand them on their head’ [idiom, to use something in…

M is For … (and Win Free Tickets)

420People and The Berg prove that M is not only for music, but also for movement – a captivating mélange for viewers. The mid-December premiere of M is For … offered audiences a quirky but fascinating early Christmas gift when the Berg Orchestra teamed up with dance ensemble 420People. And now this team is wrapping up their package to be opened again on Feb 20, just after Valentine’s Day. The…

Wednesday, May 30, 2012: A Palette of Movement

420People Mix a Colorful Palette of Moves The dance company 420People premiered one of their newest works, Wind-Up, at the Archa Theatre May 13-14. Fortunately, they will reprise the show June 23-24 at the same venue, so in case you missed it in May, you can catch it in June. Or see it again for the second time. The choreography by co-founder and artistic director Václav Kuneš is a gorgeous…

Tuesday, May 8, 2012: Wind Up?

Wind-Up? Wind-Up! The words “wind up” bring up many possible meanings in English: “After traveling the entire world, how did you wind up in Prague?” Or, “We’re out of time so we have to wind up this interview.” Or, “Don’t give Pete too much sugar before bedtime – it winds him up.” Or even, “My older brother loves to tease my younger sister – he really knows how to wind…

Thursday, March 22, 2012: Reflections on Nature

Reflections on Nature, Inside & Out Indoors, outdoors; loudness, silence; chaos, control: Contemporary dance group 420People brought all of these opposites together seamlessly Monday night for the premiere of its newest production, Máj. As Opus Osm reported last Thursday, 420People’s Máj is based on the romantic, narrative poem by Czech poet Karel Hynek Mácha. Mácha had described the poem as a celebration of nature; fittingly, then, 420People brought nature into…

Thursday, March 15,2012: Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing A cloud of dirt flies up, caught in the light, as Václav Kuneš swings his foot into the air. He isn’t dancing outside, though: He’s on stage at The New Stage (Nová Scéna), performing on a bed of dirt as part of 420People’s new contemporary dance production, Máj (May). May is inspired by the romantic, narrative poem Máj, by the Czech poet Karel Hynek Mácha. The poem is…

Friday, December 16, 2011: You Take a Cloud

Other Side of the Curtain: What Really Goes On Before the Curtain Goes Up? Jiří Kylián and Making a Dance: It’s Like You Take a Cloud Nataša Novotná, executive director of the 420People dance group, perches on the edge of a sofa at The New Stage Café. She’s just come from a long Workshop session with 21 young student dancers. They’ve gathered from professional dance schools and conservatories for extra…