25th Anniversary of Duncan Centre Conservatory

Duncan Centre Conservatory is celebrating its 25th anniversary and also 140th birthday of the great American dance reformer Isadora Duncan. The program of the celebrations starting on 27 June 2017 provides Prague audiences with many performances and concerts, meetings and dance workshops at its residence at Braník (Branická 41, Prague 4) and also dance in the streets of Prague.

The main programme, running from 27 June at Braník, features choreographies made by the recent graduates (Petr Nedbal, Anna Benháková, Lenka K. Bartůňková, Petra Hauerová, Kristýna Šajtošová, Roman Zotov) and ambient music by Jaroslav Kořán and Pavel Macák. As for the work of one the graduates, Petra Hauerová, it is a revival of a twenty-year-old premiere Jak ke mně přichází (As He Comes to Me), with the music score by Petr Eben. On the contrary, the recent school-leaver Kristýna Šajtošová will present the premiere of a female trio Jako panny (Like Virgins). The dance version of Ze života hmyzu (Pictures from the Insects‘ Life) will be shown on 28 June, followed by DS3F – flamenco fusión concert. The 29 June evening will be devoted to improvisation that is – keeping Isadora Duncan’s heritage - particularly emphasised at the school. The main motif will be ritual summer dance purgation of the spirit and the body.
The accompanying programme included the opening of the collective exhibition Cesty tance (Ways of Dance) which took place on 7 June and featured Milli Janatková and Dagmar Chaloupková. The exhibition is to be seen until 31 August and consists of works such as dance photographs, theme student paintings and samples of authorial texts. On 9 June from 10 am to 2 pm, the students of Duncan Centre will go out to the streets of Prague with their own creations (at Anděl, Palacký Sq, Václav Havel Sq, Jungmann Sq, Sq of the Republic and Florenc).
The conservatory also advertises dance workshops on 27 and 29 June from 9 am to 12:15 pm, accompanied by live music and led by teachers such as Lenka K. Bartůňková, Bára Látalová, EKS comp. and Kristýna Šajtošová.

School’s Vision
The school should be an open platform for creation, meetings and discussions of students, alumni, artists from all fields, international students, creators and teachers. It should allow then, during the years of study, spontaneous fusion of student and professional life. Long-lasting collaboration, experience exchange and confrontation with other artistic institutions in the Czech Republic and abroad is considered a foundation of healthy and modern schooling. The students are encouraged to be open, ready to network and communicate with others. Only by confronting their knowledge with other views they can gain their proper objective and independent opinion.

Eva Blažíčková, continuator of Jarmila Jeřábková, founded Duncan Centre in 1992 and remained its head until 2009. The unique school of contemporary dance was admitted to the network of state schools of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic as a 6-year conservatory of contemporary dance. Since 2001, its education authority has been the Capital City of Prague. In 2009-2013, the head of the conservatory was one of its alumni, Michal Záhora. From 2013, the school was represented by Lenka Flory, from 2014 by Zuzana Sýkorová. On 1 August 2015, the direction of the institution was assumed by PhDr Romana Lisnerová.

Source: Duncan Centre Conservatory


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