Tag: 420People

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…

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…