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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
25.04.2016 Articles: Boris Hybner – we’re crying and laughing at once

The last farewell to Boris Hybner has been covered several times on our website. But eventually we decided to ask some of his collaborators and friends, who accompanied him during his professional and personal life, to write a short reminiscence. So….the last memories of Boris. We’ll all miss this clown wearing his heart and black humour on his sleeve. His work will be remembered once more on Monday, 25 April 2016 in Studio Alta, where the recordings of Boris Hybner’s theatre performances...

By:Kateřina Votočková Whole article
24.04.2016 Interviews: Aerowaves Spring Forward: 3 questions for Donald Hutera and Riikka Laakso

Aerowaves Springback Academy, workshop for aspiring dance critics, is annualy held within the the Aerowaves Spring Forward festival (22 to 24th April 2016 Pilsen). During the festival, talented writers are guided by professional critics, who provide them with their many years of knowledge and experience with critical writing. The desired output is also specific in its format – participants produce short texts that do not exceed the length of one paragraph. The organizers therefore focus more...

By:Josef Bartoš Whole article
18.04.2016 Interviews: Czech Dance Platform 2016: Three questions for Suzy Blok, member of festival jury

This upcoming Wednesday 20th April 2016 begins five-days marathon Czech Dance Platform 2016. Within festival, there are going to be presented chosen pieces from Czech choreographers, who have the chance to get one of prestigious awards. We interviewed shortly Suzy Blok, international member of jury and artistic director of famous Dansmakers Amsterdam in the Netherlands.   What comes to your mind when you hear „Czech dance“? As a nation, do we have any dance reputation? Czech dance has...

By:Josef Bartoš Whole article
08.04.2016 Articles: Master-choreographer Pavel Šmok

With deep grief and sorrow the Department of Dance and the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague has received the news that the much admired and honoured heart of our Master-choreographer, professor Pavel Šmok, ceased to beat forever. The incredible importance of Šmok’s choreographic and directorial work remains a precious artistic treasure. His work has been a source of admiration and inspiration for many years and further gathering and evaluation of Pavek...

By:Václav Janeček Whole article
30.03.2016 Interviews: Cécile Da Costa: „It is important for the spectator to be active and to find a space for its own story or imagination"

We caught performer and dancer Cécile Da Costa just before the premiere of her solo performances The Narrator, directed by Peter Boháč (Spitfire Company) and opening 29th and 30th March 2016 in Palác Akropolis. She shared with us some thoughts about her new project and her current state of mind. How much of your real self do you put into this performance? Is it difficult to reveal some personal things about you? Where is the boundary of what you share with the audience and what you...

By:Kristina Soukupová Whole article
21.03.2016 Interviews: Three questions for... Ole Kristian Tangen, guest choreographer in Jihoceske divadlo

This is your first work in the Czech Republic – how do you feel about it? Do you find anything special about dance in here compared to the Western Europe? I met Atilla two years ago and he asked me to come to the Czech Republic and I‘m just glad I did come – it all has been so nice until now! I think the company is fantastic and very open, I feel great potential in them.  I came in and started my work with improvisation, which seemed quite different from how they were used to work. I...

By:Lucie Hayashi Whole article
18.03.2016 Interviews: Three questions for Wojtek Ziemilski: „I find it fascinating how we are conditioned to be this or that, to function in a certain way.“

Festival of dance theatre BAZAAR 2016 is behind the door. This weekend the festival dramaturgy presents artists from central, southern and eastern Europe in three Prague venues. The programme includes also workshops, discussions and informal reunions with artists. Main topic is human identity as a personal space, which may be interfered from outside and therefore influenced. Polish-American author Wojtek Ziemilski will present his own piece Pygmalion – he says it is about communication, its...

By:Josef Bartoš Whole article
02.03.2016 Interviews: Andrea Opavská on Gossip, her Nomination for Thalia Award and Czech Dance Platform

Andrea Opavská is currently one of the most talked about names in the Czech dance milieu. For her solo piece La Loba she has been awarded the Dancer of the Year 2014 prize. And that is not all, this year she received a nomination for the Thalia Award 2015 for the staging of Gossip, which has been highly praised by audiences and critics alike. Paradoxically, Gossip has not been selected by the jury for Czech Dance Platform, the festival of contemporary Czech dance. We talked about this...

By:Daniela Machová Whole article
17.02.2016 Reviews: Speak low if you speak love… - When dancers’ bodies fly in the air and deny gravity

The latest work of the famous Flemish choreographer and director Wim Vandekeybus deals with love – unstable, greedy, vain and capricious - the state of our mind, craving emotions and basic, insatiable passions. Love conquers all! Crash-diving from the unmeasurable heights into deeps and often balancing on the edge of death and resurrecting again. If it turns against you, against your desire, you passionately endure the most cruel and excruciating pain. That is how the Flemish artist...

By:Marcela Benoniová Whole article
13.01.2016 Interviews: Alena Pešková: “We are not limited by lack of liberty but by lack of craft…”

On Sunday, 16 January 2016, the Pilsen ballet ensemble will premiere its new production, The Rite of Spring. The hard task of choreographing a ballet piece on Stravinsky’s opus was taken on by Alena Pešková, Director of the ballet company in Liberec, whom I interviewed about The Rite of Spring, Pilsen and Liberec, but also about her work philosophy. The premiere of your Rite of Spring – a touchstone for all choreographers - is coming soon. Do you have any favourite version of this piece?I...

By:Barbora Truksová Whole article
19.12.2015 Reviews: Roots – The Journey To the Roots

The Štúdio tanca dance theatre from Banska Bystrica, led by Zuzana Ďuricová-Hajková, has represented contemporary dance trends and the philosophy of the modern dance theatre in the Slovak Republic for seventeen years. It is a professional dance ensemble, which brings original authorial projects of Slovak and foreign artists. The ensemble was introduced to the audience before Christmas in Reduta, Brno with the production Roots by Jozef Vlk, the director and author of music, and the...

By:Ivana Kloubková Whole article
15.12.2015 Reviews: Neumeier’s Lady of the Camellias – When dance speaks…

There are not many artists able to create narrative ballets without making the spectator lost in the complexity of the storyline. One of the best choreographers-narrators, who will captivate you by his immense movement imagination and emotionality, is John Neumeier (1942). Since 1973, his name has been linked with the Hamburg Ballet, an ensemble which has become one of the most prestigious dance bodies under his direction. Neumeier’s choreographies also appear in the repertories of other...

By:Lucie Dercsenyiova Whole article
08.12.2015 Reviews: Chaplin in the Dream World of Mario Schroeder

Doubts. Questions. And curiosity. Such were my first reactions to the news that among the new productions of the ballet season in Ostrava there is a piece dedicated to one of the most famous figures in film history – Charlie Chaplin. The genius of the silent film era, inquisitive observer and connoisseur of human nature, creator of “the Tramp”, one of the most iconic movie characters of all time – and ballet? Is it possible to depict his complicated life full of dramatic twists, his...

By:Tomas Valnicek Whole article
06.11.2015 Reviews: Absent – Pressing bodies without deeper immersion

The Archa Theatre premiered the project initiated by Tereza Ondrová and Veronika Kotlíková, whose creative potential has been propelling the VerTeDance group since 2004. The ensemble has a number of awards to their credit, having collected the Female Dancer of the Year award, the Best Light Design award and the Theatre News Award and having produced three Dance Pieces of the Year (2005 –Tichomluva, 2012 – Kolik váží vaše touha?, 2014 – Korekce). It has also achieved...

By:Lucie Dercsényiová Whole article
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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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09.05.2016 News: Vertigo, new premiere of the Czech National Ballet

The Czech National Ballet is preparing a new production, this time borne in the spirit of contemporary dance. A mixed bill will present the essence of works by three distinguished and singular contemporary European dance-theatre creators:...

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26.04.2016 News: Dance Database has been launched

Dance Database, a new project of Taneční aktuality PSC, was officially presented at Meet the Artist on 21 April 2016, within the Czech Dance Platform. It is possible to register on the portal www.databazetance.cz, where the basic information on...

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25.04.2016 News: 22nd Czech Dance Platform names its winners

The Czech Dance Platform this year enjoyed the highest ever participation of foreign guests, who largely decided the winner of the Audience Award. The international jury then deliberated about the Dancer of the Year and Dance Production of the...

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12.04.2016 News: Choreographic Workshop 2015/2016: Ballet NTB in the Reduta Theatre

On 27th April 2016 Ballet company of the National Theatre in Brno will play Choreographic Workshop in the Reduta Theatre by dancers and choreographers from Brno - Barbora Bielková, Markéta Habalová, Carolina Isach, Nelka Lazović, Jan Fousek,...

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08.04.2016 News: Aerowaves Spring Forward in Pilsen

For the very first time in history the festival of young European dance Aerowaves Spring Forward will take place in the Czech Republic. During one single weekend, from 22 to 24 April 2016, six stages in Pilsen will host 22 productions by artists...

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01.04.2016 News: Junior Company of the Bavarian State Ballet at the Stare Opera

For the first time ever, the National Theatre in Prague will host 26 April 2016 at the Stare Opera the Junior Company of the Bavarian State Ballet, the Bayerisches Staatsballett München II. 16 young dancers dazzling in choreographies by George...

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30.03.2016 News: Last three performances of Game Over in the season 2015/16 in the Mahen Theatre

In April 2016 (5. 4., 6. 4. and 15. 4.) Ballet NdB will play three performances of Game Over in the Mahen Theatre. Author modern performance by dancers and choreographers from Brno, Martin and Marek Svobodník and Adam...

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09.03.2016 News, Abroad: FAiTH succeeds in Washington

Psychological thriller The Black Swan, American musical The Red Shoes and Czech choreographic piece FAiTH… The Washington Post has listed FAiTH, presented in the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, among the three most realistic...

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03.03.2016 News: Letní Letná festival presents international guest artists

The 13th edition of Letní Letná, the international festival of new circus and theatre, will take place from 18 August to 4 September at Prague’s Letenské sady and the international guests are already known. The first one is an Austrian-British...

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09.02.2016 News: Taneční aktuality Celebrating Its 10th Birthday: Many Innovations and Events to Come

The Internet server www.tanecniaktuality.cz is celebrating its 10th birthday and on this occasion the editorship is preparing a number of accompanying events. The main innovation will be the launching of a new on-line dance subjects database,...

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05.02.2016 News: Czech Dance Platform 2016: jury selected nine productions

The dramaturgical jury of the Czech Dance Platform 2016 have selected 9 productions representing the best of Czech contemporary dance and physical theatre of the past season. The jury members included Petra Hauerová, Martin Macháček, Pavel Štorek,...

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15.01.2016 News: Studio ALTA in 2016

Studio ALTA continues in the new year in organizing workshops Think Through Dance! and introduces two new dramaturgical lines - ALTA in Progress and RespondART. All three staged program cycles emphasize the process of creation and active sharing...

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04.01.2016 News: National Theatre Brno Premieres Petite Mort in January

Ballet company of the National Theatre in Brno will present the second premiere of the season 2015/2016 on 21st January 2016. The triple bill evening consists of choreography of three creators - Jiří Kylián, Mário Radačovský and Lukáš Timuľák....

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14.12.2015 News: Israel Galván to Be Star Guest Artist of Dance Prague Festival 2016

The Dance Prague festival, taking place from 23 May to 23 June 2016, presents the main star guest of its 28th edition. It will be Israel Galván, pioneer of the “flamenco contemporary” style, who will visit Prague for the very first time. The...

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12.11.2015 News: ME-SA Dance company’s third success in European Network Aerowaves

The ME-SA dance company, built around the central tandem of Martina Hajdyla Lacová and producer Karolína Hejnová, has made it again to the selection of the Aerowaves European Network.  As the first Czech company, ME-SA managed to achieve this...

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11.11.2015 News: Lukáš Slavický to Become Director of South Bohemian Ballet from Next Season

From the 2016/2017 season, the ballet company will have a new director Lukáš Slavický, currently the first soloist of the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich. He will take over the ensemble after the present director Attila Egerházi. „As was announced...

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27.10.2015 News: Czech Republic joins celebrations of International Flamenco Day for the first time

The International Flamenco Day is celebrated on 16 November and it is also the date when flamenco was added to the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. On the eve of this day, the Czech Republic will join the flamenco feast for the first...

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