Tag: 420People

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…

Friday, December 16, 2011: 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 training here, and the possible chance to meet an international icon of ballet, Czech choreographer Jiří Kylián. This is the start of an article in our…

Thursday, Nov 24, 2011: Red Dress Evening

A Red-Dress Evening Put on your red dress (or red bow tie, as appropriate) because next Wednesday (Nov 30) is a red-letter day in Prague dance. It’s the high point of two weekends of dance workshops, the date for a gala dance performance, a night to celebrate an anniversary, a time to launch a new book, and a night for a whole constellation of leading dancers in Europe to perform…

Tuesday, September 20, 2011: The Hip Bone Connects to the …

Connecting the Hip Bone to the Knee Bone: Adults Learn Dance If you’re an adult who wants to dance, where can you go for lessons? Sure, it’s pretty easy to find salsa or belly-dancing lessons in Prague. Or ballroom dancing. But what about contemporary or classical ballet training? If you haven’t been dancing since childhood at ballet school, isn’t it too late to start as an adult? Nope. Not according…

Tuesday, Sept 6, 2011:Audience Spotlight

Spotlight on the Audience There are the people who know what’s going to happen. And then there are people who are shocked and amazed when they see what’s happening. Scott, from Texas, is one of the shocked and amazed. “I was shopping [he got new shoes] and started wandering back to my hostel, and there it was,” he says. “It’s fascinating.” What’s fascinating is the rehearsal he’s watching of Package,…

Wed., August 24, 2011: Meet 420People

Meet 420People No, that’s not an order. No, we’re not having a party. And no, 420People is not a new competitor for Facebook. It’s a contemporary dance company founded in 2007 by two top Czech dancers, Václav Kuneš and Nataša Novotná. Its lively, highly creative productions offer audiences all the fun of a party and all the young energy of Facebook. Of course our first question for Mrs Novotná was…