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Vertigo: A Trio of Contemporary Styles

The Czech National Ballet’s latest premiere features pieces from three contemporary choreographers from throughout the continent. Rain, Vertigo, and Cacti dance across a range of themes, emotions, and movement styles that are as diverse as their names imply. . . . Rain: A Theatrical Journey The lights rose in Prague’s New Stage (Nová Scéna) to reveal dancers decked out in dresses, hairstyles, hats, and suspenders reminiscent of the early 20th…

Opus Osm Minutka: Oliver Twist

This classic English tale is probably best known for the famous line, “Please sir, I want some more,” but this orphan story is told entirely through the language of dance. Opus Osm Minutka (Little Minute): Five Fast Facts About Bohemia Ballet’s Oliver Twist 1 This is the first Prague presentation of the story as a ballet. French choreographer Bérangère Andréo adapted the story for dance, set to music by Rachel…

Opus Osm Minutka:Portrait & Paradiso

Opus Osm Minutka (“Little Minute”): Five Fast Facts about 420People’s Portrait Parlé and Paradiso The acrobatic artists of contemporary dance company 420People premiered their latest works at Jatka 78 on Apr 14. The artsy crowds were as colorful as the backdrops in this former-slaughterhouse-turned-artists’ space in Prague’s Holešovice neighborhood. 1 Nataša Novotná’s choreography explores the way we interact in a modern world: Portrait Parlé begins in the lobby while audience…

OpusOsm Minutka: FOK’s ‘Ring’ Classics

Some music tells a story with notes alone. Other music remains connected to onscreen images burned into our memories. The Prague Symphony Orchestra’s Lord of the Rings performance allowed fans to appreciate both versions of famous ‘Ring’ music. OpusOsm Minutka (Little Minute): Five Fast Facts about FOK’s “Pán Prstenů (Lord of the Rings)” 1. The Prague Symphony Orchestra’s abbreviation “FOK” stands for “Film-Opera-Koncert” — FOK got its start in 1934…

DKP, A Path to Professionalism

Pavel Šmok. Jiři Kylian. Nikola Márová. Many of the Czech dance names that we know and love have one thing in common: they are proud alumni of the DKP – Dance Conservatory of Prague (Taneční Konzervatoř Hlavního Města Prahy). The Dance Conservatory of Prague was founded shortly after the end of WWII, on October 11, 1945. Students study the normal academic curriculum while dipping their toes into these dance classrooms…

Magazine: DKP, A Path to Professionalism

Pavel Šmok. Jiři Kylian. Nikola Márová. Many of the Czech dance names that we know and love have one thing in common: they are proud alumni of the DKP – Dance Conservatory of Prague (Taneční Konzervatoř Klavního Města Prahy). The Dance Conservatory of Prague was founded shortly after the end of WWII, on October 11, 1945. Students study the normal academic curriculum while dipping their toes into these dance classrooms…

Winter’s Last Stand: An Enduring Snow Queen

The Czech National Ballet bids a final farewell to winter with a glittery, fantasy-filled production of The Snow Queen. Guest choreographer Michael Corder of the English National Ballet explains the background for this Czech production, which premiered Mar 3-4 at the State Opera: “I only choreograph, really, because I love the music,” he began, when asked about his motivation. “The entire inspiration for the ballet was Prokofiev’s music.” Corder was…

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…

Holiday Greetings from Opus Osm!

Can you imagine a world without war? Or even a day without stress? You can enter this kind of space through the beauty of classical music and dance. Your ticket to the entrance awaits you in this slideshow. A ‘Day of Remembrance’ to mark the fall of the Berlin Wall was designated on November 9. On that day the Prague Philharmonic – PKF held a Concert of Czech-German Friendship. The…

A Whole New Nutcracker

The Nutcracker and the Cuddly Mouse flips this traditional ballet (and the Christmas tree) on its head. Choreographer/artistic director Petr Zuska promised a new take on The Nutcracker and that’s exactly what he delivers. Tchaikovsky’s soundtrack remains the same, but The Nutcracker and the Cuddly Mouse (Louskáček a Mýšak Plýšak) premiered Dec 3 tells an original story filled with essential elements of the Czech holiday season. The first characters we…

The Breakfast Club in Ballet

The Prague Chamber Ballet gave their Metaphors of Dance October premiere as an 88th-birthday gift to company co-founder Pavel Šmok. This performance showed that the Chamber Ballet is aging just as gracefully as its founder. Metaphors’ three-piece ballet opens with Come See Comme Ça, an onstage dinner party choreographed by Aleksandra Dziurosz, founder of the Warsaw Dance Theatre. The dancers portray characters reminiscent of the classic 1980s film The Breakfast…

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:Folk Music+Ballet? = Ej, Lásko!

The Czech National Ballet joined renowned Moravian folk music group Hradišt’an for a performance of Ej, Lásko (“About Love”). Five Fast Facts About Ej, Lásko, performed May 24 at The National Theatre: 1 This performance was divided into three parts: Člověk a Země (Man and Earth), solely music, performed live by Hradišt’an; Tři Duety, three excerpts from CNB’s repertoire – Romeo and Juliet, Raymonda, and Déjà Vu, to recorded music;…

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…

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…