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 Thalia Prize for lifelong mastery in ballet, was inducted into the National Theatre’s Hall of Fame. Another award, in the category of artists up to the age of 35, went to Ondřej Vinklát, a Czech National Ballet principal dancer, in recognition of both his talent and outstanding professional results.

In the 2016/2017 season, the Czech National Ballet will be premiering three new productions, and will also bid farewell to Petr Zuska, who after 15 years will leave the post of Artistic Director. The first premiere, on 10 November 2016, at the Estates Theatre, will be of The Little Mermaid, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s famed fairy tale. It will be adapted to a dance-theatre performance by the staging team who in 2013 created the production of Krabat / The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: the choreographer Jan Kodet, and the directors Martin Kukučka and Lukáš Trpišovský (SKUTR).
The next premiere, scheduled for 2 March 2016, in the National Theatre historical building, will present a work of Nacho Duato, one of the world’s most celebrated modern dance-theatre creators. It´s somewhat unwieldytitle, Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness, encapsulates Nacho’s tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach.
The final premiere of the season, which will take place on 15 July 2017 at the New Stage, will be the show Solo for the Two of Us – a solo for Petr Zuska, the outgoing, and Filip Barankiewicz, the incoming, Artistic Director of the Czech National Ballet. And a solo for Jaromír Nohavica and Beata Bocek,
two contemporary musicians and singer-songwriters, whose individual creations have naturally positioned them on the borderline between the Polish and Czech identity and psyche,” say representatives of the Czech National Ballet.

Source: National Theatre


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