It took a long time before we agreed on a date and time for our online meeting. We were both nervous about missing the meeting when we connected, as London, where Daria Klimentová was connecting from, was an hour less than the Czech Republic.
Mgr. Lucie Dercsényiová, Ph.D. is a choreologist, dance reviewer and dance therapist.
Following studies at the Dance Conservatory of Prague she completed master and doctoral studies at the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (AMU). She danced in the Czechoslovak Song and Dance Ensemble, headed the dance department at an elementary school of arts (ZUŠ), lectured the history of dance and arts at the Dance Conservatory of Prague and the I. V. Psoty Dance Conservatory. She was a director of the Dance Association at the Dance Conservatory of Prague (1998) and an editor and later editor-in-chief of the dance magazine Taneční listy. Since 2008 a part-time pedagogue at the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts.
She took a training in Dance and Movement Therapy led by ADTA and TANTER (2005 – 2007), led self-development Dance and Movement Therapy seminars at the I. V. Psoty Dance Conservatory, and workshops at an international conference of expressive therapies Space for Art Therapies II and worked with groups of seniors in the civic association Život 90 (Life 90), groups of parents and children. Currently she also leads movement courses of pre-school children. She regularly publishes reviews and interviews in daily as well as specialist press (Lidové noviny, Taneční aktuality, Artzona) and has published the following studies: Resources for ballet The Strangler by Bohuslav Martinů (AMU 2007) and Dance in the music of Bohuslav Martinů – his ballet compositions (AMU, 2010), A new production of Who is the most powerfull in the world? (Martinů revue, May–August 2013), “Martinů/The Strangler/H317 – A ballet ahead of its time” (Martinů revue, January–April 2014).
Prague Chambre Ballet is keeping in touch with its audiences through online media. On Mall.tv, it presents brand-new productions alongside revived works by the company’s founder, Pavel Šmok (1927-2016).
This March saw the closure of all theatres because of the COVID-19 pandemic but muses do not remain silent – world-class ballet companies go virtual and for a limited period of time, they release live recordings of their productions.
She arrived at our meeting right from the Dance Department (HAMU) where she had been selecting applicants for an exchange programme in America which she organised.
We have known each other for many years. We met for the first time as students in the Ledebour Palace, which then housed the Dance department of the Music Academy of Performing Arts...