Tag: Czech National Ballet

OpusOsm Minutka: The Little Mermaid (Malá mořská víla)

Five Fast Facts About the Czech National Ballet’s Classic Fairy Tale . . . . . Foto Pavel Hejný . 1 The Czech National Ballet (CNB)’s take on The Little Mermaid is far closer to the Hans Christian Andersen book than the Disney film. Parents may even want to prepare little ones who come in expecting a happy ever after between Ariel and Prince Eric for a slightly different story….

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…

Czech Natl Ballet’s ‘Vertigo’

The Czech National Ballet is preparing a new production, this time borne in the spirit of contemporary dance. . . . . . . . . . This is an excerpt of the full article, which you can find by clicking here. Or click on the black “Re:Source” tab at the top of the page. A mixed bill will present the essence of works by three distinguished and singular contemporary…

Re:Source – Vertigo

This article is presented as a service to Opus Osm readers by The Czech National Ballet. Česká verze je dole. Vertigo The Czech National Ballet is preparing a new production, this time borne in the spirit of contemporary dance. A mixed bill will present the essence of works by three distinguished and singular contemporary European dance-theatre creators: Moldova’s Radu Poklitaru, Italy’s Mauro Bigonzetti, and Sweden’s Alexander Ekman. The three sharply…

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 Re:Source –The Nutcracker

This background article is presented as a service to our readers by The Czech National Ballet. Česká verze je dole. A Czech version is below. The Nutcracker and the Cuddly Mouse (Louskáček a Myšák Plyšak) Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Scenario: Petr Zuska, based on E. T. A. Hoffmann’s tale Choreography and stage direction: Petr Zuska Sets: Pavel Svoboda Costumes: Alexandra Grusková Lighting design: Daniel Tesař Animation: Šimon Koudela and Karel…

Next Chance to See: decadance

The Czech National Ballet gets our creative juices flowing for the fall season with its upcoming performances of decadance. But tickets are selling out fast. decadance is an unforgettable montage of several dance pieces created by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin. He left his Batsheva Dance Company last spring just long enough to share his choreography and famous ″gaga″ method with the Prague dancers. As current Czech National Ballet Artistic Director…

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: Preview decadance

Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin brings his ‘gaga’ dance style to The Czech National Ballet’s performance of his decadance. Here’s a quick look at ‘gaga.’ Opus Osm’s Minutka (Little Minute) Five Fast Facts about decadance premiering June 4, 5 at The New Stage 1 Ohad Naharin actually didn’t start dancing until he was 22; but then he went straight to the top – studying at Juilliard and the School of the…

Ohad Naharin’s decadance

This backgrounder article is presented as a service to our readers by The Czech National Ballet. Ohad Naharin: decadance For the first time ever, the Czech National Ballet’s repertoire will include works of the legendary Israeli creator Ohad Naharin, who for several decades has been among the crème de la crème of the world’s modern dance theatre. Choreography: Ohad Naharin Lighting and set design: Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi) Costumes: Rakefet…

Re:Source-Ohad Naharin:decadance

For the first time, Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin brings his work to The National Theatre in ‘decadance.’ This background article by The Czech National Ballet is provided as a service to our readers. Ohad Naharin: decadance For the first time ever, the Czech National Ballet’s repertoire will include works of the legendary Israeli creator Ohad Naharin, who for several decades has been among the crème de la crème of the…

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…

Re:Source-Ballettissimo

Česká verze je dole. This backgrounder article is presented as a service to our readers by The Czech National Ballet. The National Theatre Ballet will present its second premiere of the season, namely, the composed evening of dancing opuses of significant European choreographers, to replace in dramaturgy of Americana III. Ballettissimo – it is the name itself, evoking something like a plethora of ballet. It shall be designed by three…

Ballettissimo — Taste It!

The National Theatre Ballet presents Ballettissimo, its second premiere of the season, Mar 5 and 6. Ballettissimo is designed to replace Americana III, three pieces by American choreographers which enjoyed a successful run. This new production looks at how to apply conventional ballet techniques of today, in both traditional and very non-conforming, ultramodern senses of the word, according to the dance company. The performance begins with Symphony No. 1 in…

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…

‘La Bayadere’ Brings Indian Influence to Prague’s National Theater

Choreographer Javier Torres returns to the Czech National Ballet to present La Bayadére (The Temple Dancer), an old, old love story set in exotic India. La Bayadére’s original Petipa choreography, set to a Minkus score, premiered in St Petersburg in 1877, but “The traditional story is a little bit more superficial than what I’m doing,” Javier Torres began, clearly tired but still energized and friendly after an evening rehearsal. He…