Tag: Javiér Torrés

‘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…

Choreographer Javier Torres’ Letter to His Audience

This is the beginning of a backgrounder article provided as a service to Opus Osm readers by The Czech National Ballet. You can read the entire ‘letter’ (in English and in Czech versions) by clicking the “Re:Source” tab at the top of any page. Chcete-li pokračovat ve čtení, klikněte na “Re:Source” záložku v horní části kterékoli stránky. . Dear Audience, It is my pleasure to share with you my latest…

Re:Source – Choreographer Javier Torres’ Letter to His Audience

This backgrounder article is provided as a service to Opus Osm readers by The Czech National Ballet. České verze je dole. Dear Audience, It is my pleasure to share with you my latest production: a new version of La Bayadére, specially commissioned for the Czech National Ballet. Originally created by Marius Petipa in St Petersburg in 1877, the ballet is set in India and tells the dramatic story of a…

Thursday, March 29, 2012: Fairy Tale Ballets

Two (or Three) Fairy Tale Ballets The other day we dropped in at the dress rehearsal of the new National Theatre Ballet’s production of Sleeping Beauty. My, my, my. It’s a true fairy tale brought to life. Think of the light, delicate fairy tale books you read as a child (or are reading to your children today), with all the gorgeous pastel illustrations of the princess, the prince, the fairies….

Monday, March 26, 2012: Love or Fear?

Choosing Love? or Fear? If you know the traditional Marius Petipa version of The Sleeping Beauty, you might be surprised at the new version premiering this weekend at The National Theatre: It’s shorter. Moreover, the story doesn’t present a struggle between the good and bad fairies, but between love and fear. And if you don’t know the traditional version of this ballet – or even if you don’t know anything…

Wednesday, March 21, 2012: Beauty in the Eye of …

Beauty In the Eye of the Photographer Note: This is an excerpt from a longer, magazine-format article about photographer Pavel Hejný and the creation of his poster for the upcoming production of The National Theatre Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty (Šípková Růženka). You can read the entire article by clicking on the black “Magazine” tab at the top of the page. You see his work all over Prague these days – on…

Beauty in the Eye of the Photographer

Beauty In the Eye of the Photographer You see his work all over Prague these days – on large posters in the metro, at tram stops, in front of the National Theatre, even supersized on the sides of trams. Yet you may not stop to think how these beautiful posters for Sleeping Beauty traveled from an original idea in a photographer’s mind all the way to their ultimate destination –…

Staging the Joy of Life

Sleeping Beauty:Staging the Joy of Life This backgrounder article is sponsored by The National Theatre Ballet as a service for Opus Osm readers. Sleeping Beauty is one of the most-often staged ballets (besides Swan Lake and The Nutcracker), appearing frequently in the repertoire of (not only) major ballet companies worldwide. Moreover, Sleeping Beauty has a unique position in the work of the legendary ballet-creator team Tchaikovsky-Petipa. Yuri Slonimsky, a well-known…

Wednesday, March 7, 2012: Staging the Joy of Life

Sleeping Beauty: Staging the Joy of Life This backgrounder article by Václav Janeček is sponsored by The National Theatre Ballet as a service for Opus Osm readers. You can read the entire article, which is continued in our Re:Source section, by clicking on the black “Re:Source” tab at the top of the page. Sleeping Beauty is one of the most-often staged ballets (besides Swan Lake and The Nutcracker), appearing frequently…