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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 musicserver.cz) - 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
24.10.2017 Reviews: Timeless: Dance load for performers and spectators

In English, “timeless” means never changing in time, and so the title of the new premiere of the National Theatre ballet company, under the direction of Filip Barankiewicz, brings a lot of admiration for the choreographic jewels of the past that will surely outlive us all. The bill consists of three pieces – the first one is George Balanchine’s legendary Serenade with the music score by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Serenade for Strings in C), presented for the first time in Prague; the second...

By:Marcela Benoniová Whole article
15.10.2017 Reviews: Nothing Sad – On Ephemerality in Ephemeral Way

In the synopsis to the new production, the creative team refers to Johannes Kepler’s essay On Six-Cornered Snowflake which the astronomer wrote as a New Year’s gift to his benefactor and subtitled it “a catchy reading about nothing”. Like a snowflake, dance is ephemeral. In a second it appears and vanishes. The artists seem to be battling this fact and the conventional expectations. The piece is thus full of interesting paradoxes. The evanescent traces of dancers’ moves are uncompromisingly...

By:Daniela Machová Whole article
04.10.2017 Interviews: Eva Blažíčková: “You just need to go for it and struggle for truth.”

We interviewed Eva Blažíčková on the occasion of Duncan Centre Conservatory’s anniversary, as this year it opens its doors for the 25th time. Blažíčková’s life achievement was a result of a long-time effort which took a concrete form soon after the Velvet Revolution, in 1992. For me, personally (and I believe that I am not the only one) this conservatory is a place of great importance because it was right there Mrs Blažíčková managed to persuade me that dance had a solid position in today’s...

By:Josef Bartoš Whole article
14.09.2017 Reports: Meeting with Filip Barankiewicz: "All my life I have done what I love.“

A small press conference took place on Tuesday September 12th 2017 in Café Nona of the Nova Scena Narodniho Divadla v Praze, featuring new artistic director of National Theatre ballet company, Fillip Barankiewicz and few journalists. The pleasant former soloist of Stuttgart ballet took the time off his full agenda, came rushing in from the staging meeting regarding “Marna opatrnost”, a production to be put on in April 2018, and after answering a couple of questions, took off for the theatre...

By:Monika Čižmáriková Whole article
24.06.2017 Interviews: Three questions for... Rachid Ouramdane

On Sunday, June 25th, the Tanec Praha Festival in Ponec Theater will feature another outstanding French personality of contemporary dance, Rachid Ouramdan. His work, Tordre, fits back into this year's "Anti-Prejudice" festival. In a short interview for Taneční aktuality, the choreographer reveals the character of the work, the process of its creation and, above all, talks about the performers that are its centerpiece. „Diptyque de soli“ Tordre seems to be very private and...

By:Petra Dotlačilová Whole article
19.05.2017 Articles, Reviews: Chipping: Visual artist´s review

Investigating what it is to be confused and consumed by a dense urban landscape, this 2014 work by Munich based choreographer Anna Konjetzky made its Czech debut in Studio ALTA this evening. Chipping employs a dynamic stage set, physically, dramatically, emotionally... in which our soloist runs the gamut of emotions from curious to confused, at ease to driven, and finally subverted to the greater forces or their world, our world. Through a series of motor drives, pulleys and cables that...

By:Ian Biscoe Whole article
27.04.2017 Articles: Prominent dance scholar Roderyk Lange died aged 87

Professor Roderyk Lange was the most prominent Polish choreologist and one of the leading representatives of this scholarly domain in the world. He devoted his whole life to dance and choreology, and his deepest intention always was to establish and develop dance research in Poland. Lange was born in Bygdoszcz (Poland) on 5 October 1930. As a six-year-old boy he was fascinated by dance, which he enthusiastically began to learn. In 1948 he commenced his professional work as a dance teacher,...

By:Petra Dotlačilová Whole article
14.04.2017 Interviews: Renan Martins de Oliveira about his new premiere REPLAY

Brasilian choreographer Renan Martins de Oliveira is about to move to the Czech Republic and the mid-April premiere of his new piece entitled REPLAY is already his second cooperation with the Czech collective ME-SA. Their first work Let Me Die In My Footsteps joined Aerowaves network as one of the top 20 works in 2016.  It has been two years since you created Let Me Die in My Footsteps, your first choreography presented in the Czech Republic (true?) and the first cooperation...

By:Daniela Machová Whole article
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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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23.08.2017 News: 4 + 4 Days in Motion 2017

On the one hand, the international festival of contemporary art 4 + 4 Days in Motion annually brings to Prague the hottest theatre and dance projects, often merging diverse genres and multimedia. On the other hand, it always chooses as its centre...

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18.07.2017 Abroad: Ohad Naharin to step down as artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company

Over the weekend, internationally renowned choreographer Ohad Naharin informed the public that he will be stepping down from his longtime post as artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company. Naharin took up the reins of Batsheva 27 years ago, during...

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15.07.2017 News: Spitfire Company celebrates 10th Anniversary with Adaptation of Svetlana Alexievich’s Book

Spitfire Company, which in the recent years has created projects such as One Step Before the Fall, Antiwords or Animal Exitus, celebrates 10 years of its existence with a brand-new project. The world premiere of the adaptation of the book Doba...

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09.06.2017 News: 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...

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22.05.2017 News: Solo for the Two of Us by Petr Zuska

The National Theatre Ballet Company closes this season with a new premiere - Solo for the Two of Us - choreographed by Petr Zuska. As the title implies, the author refers to his previous ballet Brel – Vysockij – Kryl/Solo for Three, which is...

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20.04.2017 News: Laterna Magika’s Wonderful Circus celebrates 40 years from premiere

On 15 April 2017, Kouzelný cirkus (The Wonderful Circus) celebrated 40 years from its premiere in 1977. The anniversary will be commemorated by a gala performance on 21 April, attended by many dancers and contemporaries. The story about a journey...

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29.03.2017 News: Letní Letná 2017 revealed its programme

The 14th edition of the Letní Letná festival will take place from 17 August to 3 September at Letenské sady, Prague. The festival will host an array of international companies, from Europe and overseas, but also the best of the Czech scene. More...

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22.02.2017 News: National Theatre Ballet in Season 2017/2018

The National Theatre Ballet, under the leadership of the new Artistic Director Filip Barankiewicz, prepares for the 2017/2018 season three new titles and a revived premiere of Youri Vàmos‘s much-loved choreography Louskáček – Vánoční příběh (The...

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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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