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28.12.2016 Interviews: Interview with Giovanni Rotolo: „I’m really deep inside the ballet world.“

At the beginning of the season the charismatic dancer Giovanni Rotolo has been appointed principal dancer of the National Theater ballet company. The audience can see him in almost all performances of the ballet repertoire. This unusually humble, tough and hard working dancer has been proving his great talent already for the 6th season in Prague. He dances principal roles in many productions in the repertoire and is one of the most outstanding faces of the male ballet company Ballet Hommes...

By:Barbora Truksová Whole article
01.12.2016 Reviews: You Are Not The One Who Shall Live Long – Nothing New under The Sun

Autumn is always a busy period for contemporary dance companies, actually, this very season proves it again; in October alone four of our leading companies premiered their new productions, three of them within nine days. This rich dance harvest provides an opportunity to observe, relate and eventually compare; audiences can thus watch certain leitmotifs of the Czech scene. VerTeDance company presented themselves in a rather lyrical mode, their new production Flow excites us with its peculiar,...

By:Josef Bartoš Whole article
24.11.2016 Reviews: Flow – An Illusion of Flowing Time

Look out of the window. Watch the falling leaves, thick fog, pedestrians wrapped up in scarves and jackets, tapping drizzle, occasionally interrupted by a gust of wind. And then blur this imaginary picture, embedded in your memory, with your finger so that all the colors merge. Close your eyes and imagine music suited to this scene. A simple melody on a natural basis. It keeps on spreading into one layer after another in an intangible, floating, melancholy way as soothing as a hot tea. When...

By:Lucie Hayashi Whole article
14.11.2016 Reviews: Little Mermaid – Dance Under the Sea

Following The Snow Queen, who has danced in Prague‘s National Theatre since March 2016, the NT ballet company has brought on stage another heroine of the Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen – The Little Mermaid. Ice is melting and both child and adult spectators are moving from the winter kingdom to the world under the sea. The well-established team prepared an original ballet score with the music libretto by Zbyněk Matějů, choreography by Jan Kodet and direction by the acclaimed duo SKUTR...

By:Kristina Soukupová Whole article
15.09.2016 Reviews: Orpheus – experiment, elements, love and farewell

The famous ballet twins, brothers Jiří and Otto Bubeníček, decided to end their professional dance career this year with a brand-new piece, specially created for this occasion. Their Orpheus, variation on an Ancient myth, touches almost all senses and constantly stimulates the viewer’s imagination. The project is to be presented in several Czech and Slovak towns. The tour started on 8 September 2016 at Flora Olomouc Exhibition Grounds and also in Ostrava’s Gong it aroused many expectations...

By:Tereza Cigánková Whole article
17.06.2016 Reviews, Tanec Praha 2016: The Black Piece or Lost in the Dark

Even though the motto of the Dance Prague festival warns us that there is no guarantee that our expectations will be fulfilled, it is still possible you will be surprised, to say the least. It is possible if you go to the Dutch performance called The Black Piece by Ann Van den Broek. At the beginning the author herself steps on a big switch. You are surrounded by darkness; the only lights are small light spots along the edge of the open space in Ponec theatre, shining...

By:Lucie Dercsényiová Whole article
12.06.2016 Reviews: Vertigo as a high-energy farewell to the season

A triple bill is a traditional format on the repertoire of the National Theatre ballet company. The new triptych Vertigo brings lyricism, cold aesthetics and crazy hyperbole in three contrasting pieces of very distinct authors – Radu Poklitaru, Mauro Bigonzetti and Alexander Ekman. It premiered on 9 and 10 June 2016 at the New Stage. Maybe it’s the holidays and restful days coming, maybe it’s the sunny weather that makes the young dancers’ blood boil, but so much energy and joy of dance and...

By:Lucie Kocourková Whole article
04.06.2016 Tanec Praha 2016, Reviews: HERO%, Cartes Blanches – Flying to the Stars and Even Higher

Karine Ponties, French choreographer living in Belgium, is well-known to the Czech audience. This graduate of Maurice Béjart’s famous Mudra dance school in Brussels and founder of the Dam de Pic ensemble has been taking part in the Dance Prague festival since 1990s. In 2001 she was present at the birth of Ponec theatre in which she later cast her choreographies. Jaro Viňarský, choreographer and dancer, or Pierre Nadaud, head of the Department of Physical Theatre and Multimedia at JAMU in...

By:Josef Bartoš Whole article
17.05.2016 Reviews: Day and Night with NANOHACH

The last premiere of the group NANOHACH took part on the 9th May 2016 at the Ponec theatre. Before the performance started, Honza Malík announced the end of the group. The premiere was conceived as a small farewell for spectators as well as the theatre Ponec, which hosted the ensemble throughout its existence of almost twelve years. Fortunately, there were not many sad faces during the evening, because this “last” performance turned out very well. It also seems that even though NANOHACH has...

By:Lucie Břinková Whole article
25.04.2016 Reviews: Three reviews from Spring Forward – Striptease, AL13FB<3 and Douglas

Festival Spring Forward organized by the Aerowaves network and held over the weekend in Pilsen, ended on Sunday 24th April 2016. The showcase also included a critical workshop Springback Academy, whose participants published their reviews of the shows. These short evaluations of individual works can be read on the Spring Forward website (here) as well as on Taneční aktuality.cz. Enjoy!   Striptease performed by Pere Faur “Anticipation of an idea“, “an attribute to...

By:Josef Bartoš Whole article
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28.01.2017 Abroad: Be part of Springback Academy on Spring Forward 2017

The first pilot version of the Springback Academy took place during the Spring Forward festival in Umeå in 2014; a second, extended version was held during Spring Forward in Barcelona in 2015, and a third, in Pilsen in 2016. Once again, in 2017,...

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14.01.2017 News: Theatre J. K. Tyl in Pilsen: Audition for new members of the ballet company

Theatre J. K. Tyl in Pilsen announces audition for new members of the ballet company. The audition will take place on 5 March 2017 at 10:00 AM (registration of applicants from 8:00 AM) at Nové divadlo, Palackého náměstí 30, Pilsen. Send your CV...

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11.01.2017 News: International conference Phasma Dionysiacum Pragense 1617 - 2017

The interdisciplinary academic conference on the 400th anniversary of Phasma Dionysiacum Pragense (held on 5 February, 1617, at the Prague Castle) will take place from 4 to 5 February 2017 in Prague. “The significance of this performance and its...

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07.12.2016 News: Min Tanaka and Rin Ishihara to perform in Archa

After a longer pause, the Archa theatre will host again the Japanese dancer Min Tanaka, who will be joined by Rin Ishihara. Their duet Destination of the Stone will be shown in Archa on 18 and 19 December 2016. “Representing the world’s dance...

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02.11.2016 News: Akcent Festival presents Ultima Vez‘s In Spite of Wishing and Wanting

The international festival of documentary theatre Akcent will culminate with a revived version of the choreography In Spite of Wishing and Wanting for eleven male dancers of the Flemish company Ultima Vez. “In 1999, In Spite of Wishing and Wanting...

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12.10.2016 News: The National Theater Ballet is Staging Andersen's Little Mermaid

The story written by Hans Christian Andersen has inspired choreographer Jan Kodet and duo of stage directors SKUTR - Martin Kukučka and Lukáš Trpišovský to write the libretto for a new ballet. The Little Mermaid's opening night is on November...

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27.09.2016 News: Ninth Yearbook of Taneční Aktuality just published

Taneční aktuality, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, has recently published its ninth Ročenka (Year Book). Its cover features the new circus artist Eliška Brtnická in her new solo project Enola. Like every year, this year’s...

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09.09.2016 News: Choreographer Akram Khan creates a brand new version of Giselle for English National Ballet

One of the greatest romantic ballets of all time, Giselle is the first full length ballet choreographed by Akram Khan and sees Academy-Award winning designer Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) create the set and costumes, while musician,...

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05.09.2016 News: Czech National Ballet started the new season and prepare three premieres

The National Theatre has officially launched its 134th season. During the opening ceremony on Monday 29 August 2016, Vlastimil Harapes, a soloist emeritus and former Artistic Director of the Czech National Ballet, and holder of the prestigious...

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22.08.2016 News: Fifth Mime Fest as Hommage to Boris Hybner

The fifth edition of the international festival Mime Fest will take place from 12 to 17 September in South Bohemian Polička town. International artists as well as Czech clowns, mimes or acrobats will perform and share their know-how at workshops...

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21.07.2016 News: Dance Prize 2016

L’Institut del Teatre de la Diputació de Barcelona announces  the call of one of the major dance awards of the European Union, an award to help emerging choreographers and young dancers. „Anyone interested in participating should...

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01.07.2016 News: Jiří Kylián received Silence Speaks Louder award from Daniel Herman

The historically first laureate of the lifetime contribution to non-verbal theatre awards is the internationally acclaimed choreographer Jiří Kylián. He received the award – its title is translated into Czech as Ticho mluví hlasitěji - from the...

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15.06.2016 News: Musica Florea and Hartig Ensemble re-staging Ludwig van Beethoven’s ballet

The only known ballet by Ludwig van Beethoven is to be re-staged after 215 years. Musica Florea and the Hartig Ensemble present the work Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus, Op. 43 as a ballet entitled Prométheovi lidé aneb Moc hudby a tance. The...

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08.06.2016 News: The 13th Annual Festival Letní Letná

Letní Letná festival takes place from 18th August to 4th September 2016 in Prague's Letná Park. Daniel Gulko, who has been a long-standing presence on both the Czech scene and the festival is among its most notable guests. On August 26th he is...

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23.05.2016 News: The 28th Tanec Praha Festival starts

Tanec Praha Festival again offers range of options from 23 May to 23 June 2016 in Prague and 16 other towns and cities in the Czech Republic. Israel Galván will come to the Czech Republic for the first time ever, and the program will also feature...

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