In its third week, the TANEC PRAHA festival presented two personalities of contemporary European choreography: the Belgian Jan Martens and the Irish Oona Doherty.
Petra Dotlacilova studied Italian Philology at Charles University and Dance Studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (PhD in 2016), specializing in eighteenth-century European ballet and theatre. She also received a doctoral degree in Theatre Studies at Stockholm University, which she completed with a dissertation Costume in the Time of Reforms: Louis-René Boquet Designing Eighteenth-Century Ballet and Opera (September 2020).
Since 2014 she has participated in the research project “Performing Premodernity”, which brings together an interdisciplinary research group of international academic and artistic scholars devoted to studying the musical and theatrical ideals, practices and conditions of the late eighteenth century. Between 2015 and 2017 she collaborated on the project Emmy Noether-Nachwuchsgruppe "Ritualdesign für die Ballettbühne: Konstruktionen von Volkskultur im europäischen Theatertanz (1650–1760)" at Leipzig University. She published in several Czech and international journals and books. In 2013 she published her Master thesis with NAMU publishing house under the title The Development of Ballet Pantomime in Europe of the Enlightenment, in 2019 she co-edited anthology Body Dance Costume, published by Leipziger Universitätsverlag.
Apart from the academic research, she regularly publishes reviews, articles and interviews on dance topics in Taneční aktuality and occasionally also on other platforms, e.g. Svět a divadlo, ArtZóna ČT, Živá hudba, Hudební rozhledy, Tanec (SK), Dansportalen (SE).
Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT 1), one of Europe’s most prominent dance companies, paid a visit to London last April. Sadler’s Wells theatre hosted their triple bill, featuring two newer works, premiered in The Hague last year, and one “classic” by the former longstanding director of the company Jiří Kylián.
In early spring, Prague traditionally hosts Czech Dance Platform, a showcase of “the most interesting Czech contemporary dance and movement theatre.”
The ballet company of Paris Opera opened the new season with a daring premiere entitled Cri de cœur (A cry from the heart). The title is very fitting: the work puts on stage liminal situations, we do hear a lot of outcries.
You may have felt like having had enough of Baletky (Ballerinas). The book of choreographer and performer Miřenka Čechová had provoked heated debate even prior to its publication, following the mere release of its annotation and a few interviews.
The Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm is preparing for the fifth and last premiere of this season, which will take place on the 17th of May 2019.
From the 1st to 4th of April 2019, the twenty-fifth edition of the Czech Dance Platform took place. The Programming Council selected eleven performances...
The director of the Royal Swedish Ballet Nicolas Le Riche (leading the company since 2017) certainly does not deny his origins.