Tag: Šípková Růženka

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….

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…