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18. 11. 2016

BALLET & FASHION

The Czech National Ballet and Helena Fejková’s fashion design. On 6 January 2017, at 5 pm and 8 pm, at the New Stage.

The creative story of Helena Fejková can serve as an example of diligence and defiance, humility and love. A story fraught with the memory of the masters, blending with sensitivity and the designer’s aim to pursue her own vision of the world …

“Helena acknowledges that even the most beautiful dress is empty if not brought to life and worn by a true personality,” Jana Máchalová says about the renowned Czech fashion designer.

The very idea of personalities bringing clothes to life and setting them in motion through dance gave rise to the collaboration between Helena Fejková and Petr Zuska, the artistic director of the Czech National Ballet, as well as the company’s prominent soloists. Since their very first joint project, in 2006 at the Czernin Palace in Prague, followed by appearances at La Défense in Paris, in Beijing and Nicosia, there have been a number of shows in which the Czech National Ballet dancers have played a crucial role.

“I highly appreciate their professionalism and admire their creativity. They are able to breathe soul into the clothes, and reveal other aspects of the presented designs. Thus, the audience frequently get to see the unexpected – ‘a story of a ladies’ coat’, for instance,” Helena Fejková explains.

On 6 January 2017, the New Stage of the National Theatre in Prague will host a special performance/project/show, which will mark another significant milestone in the collaboration between Petr Zuska, the Czech National Ballet’s artistic director, and Helena Fejková, a distinguished fashion designer. By means of music and dance, it will attempt to unveil the sources of inspiration for selected collections Helena has conceived over the past few years. The audience can look forward to choreographies created by the soloist Zuzana Šimáková and Petr Zuska, to music by Kristína Miháľová & The Gang, the staging conceptions of Zuzana Šimáková, and, first and foremost, the performances of the Czech National Ballet dancers.

We cordially invite you to an unforgettable show, made up of dance, music and fashion!

Just two performances, on 6 January 2017, at 5 pm and 8 pm, at the New Stage

Photo: Pavel Hejný


11. 10. 2016

The premiere of The Little Mermaid

The new premiere of The Little Mermaid is coming! On November 10, at the Estates Theatre!

“Far out in the ocean, where the water is as blue as the prettiest cornflower, and as clear as crystal, it is very deep, so deep that no cable could reach the bottom: many church steeples, piled one upon another, would not reach from the ground beneath to the surface of the water above.”

Thus begins the story of the Little Mermaid’s true love for the terrestrial Prince, for whom she sacrifices the most precious things she has – her voice and her life. As in the case of his other stories, the famed Danish author Hans Christian Andersen based his 1836 fairy tale not only on imagination and fantasy, he also drew inspiration from his own tumultuous life. The Little Mermaid reflects his deep longing for love, as well as the feeling of futility resulting from the conviction that no one will learn about this emotion and the subsequent sacrifice.   

The forcible tale has also inspired the choreographer Jan Kodet and the renowned stage directors’ tandem SKUTR – Martin Kukučka and Lukáš Trpišovský – to write a scenario for a new ballet production. The music was created by the contemporary Czech composer Zbyněk Matějů, who approached the subject with great sensitivity. In a unique way, Jan Kodet presents the individual images in line with contemporary dance art, with even an ordinary hand gesture, a glance or a standstill turning into a magical motion element. The bold visual aspect of the production is enhanced by the sets designed by Jakub Kopecký. The highly inspired costumes of Saša Grusková are permeated with her conception of the underwater and earthly worlds, with regard to the individual characters and the dancers’ dynamic movement.   

Photos from rehearsal: Martin Divíšek

 

 


10. 10. 2016

The Nutcracker to help dancers

On 16 December 2016, the National Theatre and the Dance Career Foundation will hold at the National Theatre a benefit performance of the ballet production The Nutcracker and the Cuddly Mouse.

 

The Dance Career Foundation helps dancers to manage the process of changing their career. Thus, by purchasing a ticket for the performance of the immortal Christmas-time ballet you will contribute to the further education and retraining of those who have ended their career as dancers and are seeking their following professional vocations.

Did you know that the complete training of ballet dancers takes eight years, which is the longest for any artistic vocation?

Did you know that during their career the majority of dancers suffer a serious occupational accident and that over one quarter of dancers sustain a career-ending injury?

Did you know that three quarters of ballet dancers terminate their career before reaching the age of 30 and that precious few indeed are still dancing into their 40s?

Did you know that early retirement for dancers has long since been abolished and has not been replaced by any social-benefit programme of any kind?

Did you know that dancers in the majority of companies in the Czech Republic receive salaries well below the national average?

The Christmas benefit performance is a nationwide event, joined by the majority of Czech ballet companies.

For more information, visit www.tanecnikariera.cz