Tag: Václav Kuneš

Standup Dancers

Contemporary dance group 420people premieres Mirage, a look at the similarity between standup comedians – and dancers – and people everywhere. At first glance you might think it a bit of a stretch to compare comedians and dancers. But 420people’s co-director / choreographer Václav Kuneš makes the similarities painfully clear. Most obviously, standup comedians often take frustrating, real-life situations and ‘stand them on their head’ [idiom, to use something in…

Monday, June 11, 2012: Win Free Tickets!

Win Free Tickets from Opus Osm! You could win two free tickets to the June 23 performance of Wind-Up by the 420People contemporary dance group. Just enter your name in the Opus Osm / Wind-Up drawing. That’s all you have to do! Send us an e-mail before the deadline, and we’ll draw out two names at random. Each will win two tickets to the performance. So four lucky people in…

Wednesday, May 30, 2012: A Palette of Movement

420People Mix a Colorful Palette of Moves The dance company 420People premiered one of their newest works, Wind-Up, at the Archa Theatre May 13-14. Fortunately, they will reprise the show June 23-24 at the same venue, so in case you missed it in May, you can catch it in June. Or see it again for the second time. The choreography by co-founder and artistic director Václav Kuneš is a gorgeous…

Tuesday, May 8, 2012: Wind Up?

Wind-Up? Wind-Up! The words “wind up” bring up many possible meanings in English: “After traveling the entire world, how did you wind up in Prague?” Or, “We’re out of time so we have to wind up this interview.” Or, “Don’t give Pete too much sugar before bedtime – it winds him up.” Or even, “My older brother loves to tease my younger sister – he really knows how to wind…

Thursday, March 22, 2012: Reflections on Nature

Reflections on Nature, Inside & Out Indoors, outdoors; loudness, silence; chaos, control: Contemporary dance group 420People brought all of these opposites together seamlessly Monday night for the premiere of its newest production, Máj. As Opus Osm reported last Thursday, 420People’s Máj is based on the romantic, narrative poem by Czech poet Karel Hynek Mácha. Mácha had described the poem as a celebration of nature; fittingly, then, 420People brought nature into…

Thursday, March 15,2012: Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing A cloud of dirt flies up, caught in the light, as Václav Kuneš swings his foot into the air. He isn’t dancing outside, though: He’s on stage at The New Stage (Nová Scéna), performing on a bed of dirt as part of 420People’s new contemporary dance production, Máj (May). May is inspired by the romantic, narrative poem Máj, by the Czech poet Karel Hynek Mácha. The poem is…

Friday, December 16, 2011: You Take a Cloud

Other Side of the Curtain: What Really Goes On Before the Curtain Goes Up? Jiří Kylián and Making a Dance: It’s Like You Take a Cloud Nataša Novotná, executive director of the 420People dance group, perches on the edge of a sofa at The New Stage Café. She’s just come from a long Workshop session with 21 young student dancers. They’ve gathered from professional dance schools and conservatories for extra…

Friday, December 16, 2011: You Take A Cloud

Nataša Novotná, executive director of the 420People dance group, perches on the edge of a sofa at The New Stage Café. She’s just come from a long Workshop session with 21 young student dancers. They’ve gathered from professional dance schools and conservatories for extra training here, and the possible chance to meet an international icon of ballet, Czech choreographer Jiří Kylián. This is the start of an article in our…

Wed., August 24, 2011: Meet 420People

Meet 420People No, that’s not an order. No, we’re not having a party. And no, 420People is not a new competitor for Facebook. It’s a contemporary dance company founded in 2007 by two top Czech dancers, Václav Kuneš and Nataša Novotná. Its lively, highly creative productions offer audiences all the fun of a party and all the young energy of Facebook. Of course our first question for Mrs Novotná was…