Tag: National Theatre Ballet

The Story of Krabat, the Sorcerer’s Apprentice

This Spooky Ballet’s for Everyone — Especially Teenagers The story of Krabat is the story of a boy and girl who succeed in taking responsibility for their own lives. It is the story of thousands of teenagers, from the Rio de Janeiro favelas, from Srebrenica and, perhaps, the Czech Republic’s Ústí nad Labem or some quarters of Prague; of teenagers who have lost their families or have been given over…

Americana III / Amerikana III

Americana III Autentickou českou verzi najdete dole. You have a great opportunity to discover awesome ballet and contemporary dance when the Czech National Ballet’s Americana III opens this week on the State Opera stage. The work showcases dance choreographed by three American icons of dance, George Balanchine (1904-1983), Jerome Robbins (1918-1998), and William Forsythe (1949 -). The historic influence of these choreographers is organic and obvious – to dancers. But…

The National Ballet: What’s Up, What’s On

The National Ballet: What’s Up, What’s On News from the Ballet with a New Name You probably know that, after decades of performances and long, separate traditions, the ballet companies of The National Theatre and The State Opera Prague have begun a transitional period. The two are merging into one stronger, healthier company. The blended family now boasts the resources of a company with more than 80 dancers, five stages,…

Thursday, May 17, 2012: Gala X

Gala X: Junior Dancers Meet Professionals in Zuska’s Retrospective The “Gala with Youth” dance performance May 10 and 12 at The Theatre of the Estates brought together today’s experienced National Theatre dancers with tomorrow’s potential stars, all performing a handful of pieces by masterful choreographer Petr Zuska. It was part of Mr Zuska’s retrospective Petr Zuska Gala X marking his tenth anniversary as artistic director and choreographer for the National…

Thursday, May 10, 2012:Dance in their Dreams?

Do ballet dancers dance in their dreams? No, says Petr Zuska. A Thursday afternoon chat about dance, over a glass of white wine on the New Stage, reunited two friends: Marek Eben, the master conductor of interviews, and the man who rules the moves at the National Theatre Ballet, artistic director Petr Zuska. The public conversation May 3 marked Mr. Zuska’s 10th year in the director’s position. The milestone will…

Tuesday, April 24, 2012: Oliver Says ‘Yes’

Oliver Says ‘Yes’ to the Goldilocks Ballet This is a follow-up story reporting on the reception a five-year-old boy gave to The National Theatre Ballet’s recent performance of Goldilocks. The first story, explaining how his mom prepared the young boy for the event, appeared on Opus Osm on Wed, Apr 18. As we entered the Theatre of the Estates for the Saturday Goldilocks ballet matinee, I was relieved to see…

Wednesday, April 4, 2012: 40 Pages of Fun

Forty Little Pages of Fun It’s cute, clever, well-designed, packed with information, and it fits into your palm. It’s a notebook but, no, it’s not the latest techno-gadget. It’s a little 12cm square (4-3/4”) black-and-white paper booklet that doesn’t require batteries, a sim card, or a chip. It’s the smartest, cleverest device we’ve seen for explaining the ballet and the Sleeping Beauty storyline to children. Not to mention their parents….

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….

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…

Tuesday, January 31, 2012: On Again, Off Again

On Again, Off Again, Onegin This Saturday (Feb 4) you have the chance to see a classic tale of on-again, off-again teenage infatuation and romance. The story of an innocent flirtation and the irony of love will be told by The National Theatre Ballet in their production of John Cranko’s Onegin (Oněgin). Take a look at the story based on Alexander Pushkin’s poetic novel published in 1837, and see if…

Friday, January 20,2011: Culture Cross-training

Culture Cross-Training One Classic Story, Two Classy Versions You have an interesting opportunity for some culture cross-training this weekend. The Birmingham Royal Ballet will present Cinderella in selected movie theatres in several cities in the Czech Republic. The HD (high definition) showing will air in Prague at the Radotín theatre on Jan 22, and the Atlas on Jan 23. And you can play “spot the differences” with the National Theatre…

Monday, January 16, 2012: The Who, What, When

Balletmania: The Who, What, Where, When, Why of Ballet The death of the swan is one of the most dramatic and classic moments in the traditional ballet repertoire. The story of the “black swan” and the “white swan” was even made into a popular movie recently. But do you know why this is a Top 10 Moment in ballet? Don’t be embarrassed if you don’t; ballet history is not usually…

Monday, November 28, 2011: Words on Dance

A Few Words on Dance, from an Expert If you’re curious or confused about contemporary dance — or even if you’re a bit afraid of it — you can easily learn more about it from a master. The three Christopher Bruce dance pieces currently being presented under the title Moonshine await you at the New Stage of the National Theatre, Dec 1, 6, and 7. Mr Bruce is one of…

Tuesday, August 30, 2011:Oh, Mr Berger!

Oh, Mr Berger! If you like to keep track of milestone birth and death years, you’ll be glad to know that this year (August 11) is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Augustin Berger. Even if you’re not impressed by numbers, Mr Berger is someone to pay attention to. He’s regarded as one of the founding fathers of Czech ballet, the first prominent dancer, choreographer, and ballet master. Like…

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…

Thursday, June 16, 2011: Dance Steps

Dance Steps: One Dancer’s Path to the National Theatre Ballet “When I was 4 I saw some ballet on tv, and I said, ‘I want to do that.’ Nicole Delacretaz is chatting with Opus Osm, explaining how she started a career which has led her from her native Melbourne, Australia to The National Theatre Ballet, Prague. She continues, “But my mom said, ‘Mmmm, you’d better try gymnastics first and see…