Tag: Jan Kodet

A Village Only of Girls

An eerie, 400 year old legend premieres as a ballet Thursday and Friday at The National Theatre. “The legend describes a village with almost only young girls, and no other people,” says Lukáš Trpišovský. “On the other hand,” he continues, “there are boys – enchanted boys – hidden in the woods.” Mr Trpišovský is the co-director of the new ballet The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Krabat, or Čarodějův Učeň). It’s based on…

And! 5-6-7-8!

And! 5-6-7-8! While you may have been splashing in the surf or hiking in the mountain air, 130 eager students were sweating it out at the dance studio in Prague’s July heat. For six days in July, students from across the Czech Republic, Germany, and Scandinavia met at the National Theatre Ballet studios at the International Contemporary Dance Workshop. This is the fourth year that choreographer Jan Kodet and former…

Step-by-Step: The Jump

Step-by-Step: What to Look For in Basic Ballet or Contemporary Dance National Theatre Ballet Choreographer / Teacher Jan Kodet Explains the Jump Ballet is famous for the breath-taking grand allegro jumps that make the audience gasp: How can he jump so high? How can she look so graceful as she flies through the air? And perhaps most important: Is he going to catch her? In this video interview with Opus…

Wednesday, February 15, 2012: Ballet Mania

The Beauty of Ballet Mania “The Ballet Mania performance will guide you through the history of ballet,” the program promises. That may sound rather daunting. It’s not. The annual Ballet Mania (Baletomanie) was presented in late January, but fortunately will be repeated Feb 22. Incredibly, its prologue depicts every era, every style, every type of costume, and glimpses of ballet’s “top hits,” all in literally one moment. It is glorious,…

Thursday, October 13, 2011:Quiet Revolution

Shh! The Quiet Revolution Right now in the United States and elsewhere, thousands of people are peacefully protesting in the streets in the “Take Over Wall Street” movement. They’re revolting against everything from environmental damage to outlandish profits taken in by banks and oil companies. You can join a slightly different, peaceful revolution. You don’t have to go to Wall Street to do it. And you don’t have to worry…

Thursday, August 11, 2011:History Lessons

History Lessons — for a Dancer “In my family, history is important. History is in my blood; my mom taught history. I appreciate the knowledge from history – you can learn a lot from it.” It’s a good thing that the National Theatre’s Jan Kodet likes history so much. It’s his job to create the choreography for Gloriana, an opera about Queen Elizabeth I. As you may remember from your…