Viktor Konvalinka

Soloist of the National Theatre Ballet Viktor Konvalinka was born in Prague. In 2004 he graduated from the Prague Dance Conservatory, where he studied with Prof. Jaroslav Slavický, Miroslav Hajn, Pavel Ždichynec and Jan Kodet. He represented the school at a number of performances both in the Czech Republic and abroad – Augsburg, Bratislava, Freiburg, Bytom, Magdeburg, Valenciennes, Vienna, Paris, Sankt Pölten, Donetsk. The most noteworthy among his student roles were Basilo in Don Quixote, the Slave in Le Corsaire (Pas de deux), Whistling Jack in the ballet Lucky Seven in the choreography by David Stránský and Tomáš Rychetský, and solos in Jan Kodet’s choreographies Frida, Tale 11 and Twilight of Innocence. He created the short choreographies Je nám to fu(c)k (We Don’t Care (a Fuck)) and Plácáto for graduates’ concerts. In the 2004–2005 season he was engaged by the National Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet. In 2005 he was appointed a demi-soloist and one year later a soloist. His classical solo roles include: Pas de trios, Hungarian dance in Swan Lake, the Wedding Couple in Giselle, the Slave in Pas de trois from Le Corsaire, the Devil in the ballet The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Abderakhman in Raymonda or Jago in Othello. He has also danced in the ballets Onegin and The Taming of the Shrew by the world-famous choreographer John Cranko, and in Act III of August Bournonville’s Napoli. As regards the modern repertoire, audiences can see him in Libor Vaculík’s dance drama Lucrezia Borgia, the choreographies Petite Mort, Sinfonietta by Jiří Kylián, Bolero, Maria’s Dream, Ibbur, or A Prague Mystery, Requiem, BREL – VYSOTSKY – KRYL / Solo for Three, Lyrical, The Rite of Spring and A Little Extreme by Petr Zuska, Duel and Goldilocks by Jan Kodet, and 6/2 of a Human, Emotion Collection by Zuzana Šimáková. In addition to dancing, Viktor Konvalinka also devotes to choreography. In Miniatures, presented at the Estates Theatre, he created the choreography entitled To nepochopíš…(You Won’t Understand It...). He has taken part in summer courses at dance academies in Dresden and Philadelphia, deepening his skills in classical and modern technique. Viktor Konvalinka has won a host of awards from both international and domestic competitions. In 2003 he received the third prize at Prix Carpeux in the Pré-Professionnel category. In the same year, alongside Monika Hejduková, he also took part in the Grand Prix Eurovision, where he won second prize for the interpretation of Jan Kodet’s choreography Twilight of Innocence in the Modern Dance category, and was awarded the Grand Prix 2003 at the first international ballet competition in Brno. In 2004 at the fourth Vienna Contest he won first prize in the Modern Dance category and together with Pavlína Velíšková first prize in the Pas de deux category at Prix Carpeaux 2004.