13.05.2018 Reviews: Miss America – Painful testimony of rapping Miřenka Čechová

Have you ever secretly hoped in living your own American dream? Miřenka Čechová’s new piece will bring you back to cruel reality. The performer who has managed to establish herself as an artist overseas, reveals the other side of the coin, through the character of Mckenzie Tomski. Her Miss America speaks about loneliness, separation from the family, inability to adapt in a new country where you are always a stranger and finding balance between your real self and the desired or expected self on...

By:Daniela Machová Whole article
20.04.2018 Reviews: Don Quixote – After some time, Ostrava ballet stages a classical title again

Minkus’s ballet Don Quixote has long been beating its path to Czech theatres. It was not until 1986 that it was staged at the National Theatre, one hundred and seventeen years after its Moscow premiere. Since then the title has enjoyed unceasing popularity. In Ostrava, it has already been staged three times. No surprise – Don Quixote offers light entertainment, simple but funny plot, catchy and danceable music, and impressive dancing, all that spiced by southern temperament and the well-known...

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03.03.2018 Interviews: Three questions for Stefan Żeromski and Louise Maria Arias, assistants on the new dance program 4 Elements in Brno

The ballet company of the National Theatre in Brno is preparing a premiere of a new dance program called 4 Elements, having as its main theme “women and men, order and spontaneity”. It will offer four works by three choreographers, whose activities are closely connected to the renowned Dutch company Netherlands Dans Theater. To the stage of Mahen’s theatre returns the work of Jiří Kylián, whose Petite Mort was successfully performed there few years ago. This time it will be choreographies...

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20.02.2018 Interviews: Interview with Anni Koskinen: “The ability of being with people, being connected, is very important for me.”

Anni Koskinen, a Finland based dancer, is currently member of the Kinetic Orchestra company and tours not only as a performer but also as a teacher, giving workshops together with choreographer Jarkko Mandelin. They focus on partnering techniques, floorwork technique, and Kinetic Orchestra repertory. At the beginning of February, they gave a set of workshops in Cooltour, Ostrava, having a mixed group of professional and amateur dancers in the studio, and the energy on both sides was immense....

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10.02.2018 Articles: Czech “dance incubator” needed for “undercooked” conservatory graduates?

The proportion of international dancers in Czech ballet companies is constantly growing. Over the past five years, the number of foreign dancers has doubled in all regions and newly more dancers are coming from Western Europe (Italy, France, Great Britain, Spain), Australia and the number of Asian aspirants has also grown significantly (with Japan topping the list). In some regions, it is rare to spot a Czech name in a theatre programme (České Budějovice, Ostrava…), and graduates of Czech state...

By:Lucie Hayashi Whole article
14.01.2018 Interviews: Ladislava Petišková: “Pantomime is about thinking and feeling.”

On the occasion of the life anniversary of Ladislava Petišková, who celebrated her 75th birthday on 3 January 2017, I met this leading theatre theorist and pedagogue to look back at the discipline which is her primary domain. Her long-time interest in pantomime has brought theatre theory reflection into the field, even in times when it did not enjoy the limelight – in the 1990’s and at the turn of the millennium. Now pantomime is gaining back its popularity, mainly thanks to Radim Vizváry’s...

By:Alexej Byček Whole article
17.12.2017 Reviews: Pojďme na tanec! (Let’s Dance!) – Entertaining manual of contemporary dance

Pojďme na tanec! (Let’s Dance!) is not just an invitation but also a title of a new production of the VerTeDance ensemble. In cooperation with the director Petra Tejnorová and dramaturg Marta Ljubková, the company created a piece based on an annotation Brief Manual for Anxious Audiences. With subtle irony, they describe contemporary dance as an “endangered species”. I don’t share their opinion, though. On the contrary, over the past decade the number of contemporary dance productions and...

By:Daniela Machová Whole article
07.12.2017 Interviews: Three questions for Ivan Dunovský, Intendant of the Prague Chamber Ballet - Phenomenon Šmok still without successor

On the occasion of the ninetieth anniversary of the late Pavel Šmok, there are many questions about the existence and future of the ensemble that changed the direction of the Czech dance of the last century. Intendant Ivan Dunovský is still looking for an artistic director and finance to keep the legacy of Pavel Šmok alive.   I think the general public is particularly interested in whether the autumn open competition for Šmok’s successor – the new artistic director of PCB – has been...

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06.11.2017 Reviews: Amazons – Women as merciless predators

La Fabrika theatre hosted a premiere of a new piece by Lenka Vagnerová, choreographerwho has been beaming talent since the very beginning of her career. Her company’s productions belong to the best of Czech alternative dance scene where Vágnerová is an unmistakeable personality, thanks to her characteristic choreographic style. If we should define Vágnerová’s genre inclinations, the newly premiered Amazons (in Greek mythology they are a mythic nation of women warriors) proves that Vágnerová...

By:Lucie Dercsenyiová Whole article
01.11.2017 Interviews: Interview with Patricia Vázquez Iruretagoyena: The music inspires me...

The premiere of Rain Dogs, a piece by the Swedish choreographer Johan Inger, is coming soon to Ostrava’s National Moravian-Silesian Theatre, as part of the mixed-bill All That Jazz, Rock and Blues. Harmonised beautifully with Tom Wait’s music – a fusion of “blues, jazz, rock, chanson, urban folk and poetic lyrics” (Ondřej Hricka for - the choreography uses the daring language of contemporary dance, dance theatre, plus all the nuances of the author’s personal style.  The...

By:Tereza Cigánková Whole article
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15.07.2018 Abroad: Opera and state theatres closed down in Turkey on Presidential decree

Turkish media report that the country’s opera, state theatres, and ballets were shut down following a presidential decree. The decree mentioned they would be closed on Wednesday night until artists and entertainment groups were “harmonised” with...

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11.05.2018 News: Fifth MOVE Fest connects dance and technology

The festival of contemporary dance, new circus and physical theatre MOVE Fest returns for the fifth time to the Cultural Centre Cooltour in Ostrava. The five-day dance and movement performance marathon features shows from the Czech Republic and...

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29.04.2018 News: Taneční aktuality announces change of editor-in-chief

While completing the overall redesign of its website and preparing the first printed Speciál (Special Edition), Taneční aktuality shares another news – change of its editor-in-chief. Lucie Hayashi steps down after seven years and will be replaced by...

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18.04.2018 News: La Fille mal gardée, new Premiere of the National Theatre Ballet

For the very first time in its history, the Czech National Ballet will perform Sir Frederick Ashton’s choreography La Fille mal gardée. The masterpiece, whose productions have featured the world’s very finest dancers, has to date been staged by...

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12.03.2018 News: Anniversary 30th Tanec Praha opened by Jiří Kylián

International festival of contemporary dance and dance theatre will take place in Prague from 1 to 25 June 2018 and from late May, it will be hosted by other twenty Czech towns and villages. The festival will open with Jiří Kylián’s (CZ/NL)...

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05.02.2018 News: The Kylián Fund Prague and The Open Day of The Kylián Dance Archive

The Kylián Fund Prague invited professionals, friends and dance aficionados to the open day of  the Kylián Dance Archive. The meeting took place on Friday, January 12th, 2018, in the premises of the HAMU library at Malostranské náměstí, where...

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23.01.2018 Abroad: Course of the Vaganova Ballet Academy of Saint Petersburg

Official International Summer Course of the Vaganova Ballet Academy of Saint Petersburg in La Spezia (Italy), organized with La Maison de la Danse , under the Patronage of the Town of La Spezia, for ballet students and teachers,...

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18.12.2017 News: Czech Dance Database in English

The portal, which surveys the Czech professional and amateur dance and movement scene and provides basic information about the field, is now coming up with a novelty: it offers the full content of the Czech Dance Database in...

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08.12.2017 News: Věra Ondrašíková and Ikue Mori are scheduled to cooperate in the 8th instalment of Prague-New York Effects

Czech dancer and choreographer Věra Ondrašíková and American musician Ikue Mori performed together on December 1st, 2017 at the Bohemian National Hall in Manhattan. On December 11th, 2017 they are going to perform in front of Czech audiences at...

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09.11.2017 News: New Europe 2017 Festival and the Jarmila Jeřábková Award

The international contemporary dance festival with a choreography competition will take place during November 19 and 24, 2017. Aleš Březina will serve as the main composer for this 15th annual festival. “Celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of...

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24.10.2017 News: New jubilee yearbook „Ročenka“ is out in the stores

In specified shops, you can now find the fresh out Ročenka by Taneční aktuality for the years 2016 and 2017. Its cover is taken up by Radim Vizváry, an eminent performer in the field of Czech pantomime and bearer of Thalia Award 2016 for the...

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14.10.2017 News: The first new production the Czech National Ballet will present in the current season is the mixed bill Timeless

The first new production to be presented by the Czech National Ballet in the current season is the mixed bill Timeless, scheduled to receive its premiere on 20 October 2017. It is made up of three choreographies. The first of them, George...

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19.09.2017 News: Věra Ždichyncová passed away

The dancer and choreographer Věra Ždichyncová died on 18 September 2017 at the age of ninety. She began her professional dance career in 1939 in Ostrava. During the war she was a member of the Königsberg ballet. In 1945 she briefly worked with...

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18.09.2017 News: HAMU opens four-term course of Dance and Movement Education

Within the system of further teachers training in the lifelong learning programme, the Department of Dance organises a two-year course (4 terms) accredited by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (of 8 January 2015 on accreditation based on...

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13.09.2017 News: Prague Chamber Ballet’s New Season Plans

Prague Chamber Ballet is opening the new season. The company will present three new premieres shortly, it will tour Czech cities with its current productions and will also travel abroad, to Equador or South Korea. The premiere of the duet...

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