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Zuzana Susová

Principal dancer of the National Theatre Ballet Zuzana Susová was born in Prague. In 1995 she graduated from Prague’s Dance Conservatory, where she studied with Prof. A. Voleská and P. Ždychinec. In 1996 she became a soloist and in 2003 principal dancer of the National Theatre Ballet. Amongst her first roles were Swanilda in Coppelia and the Wedding Couple in Giselle. She subsequently danced Micaela in Carmen, Odette /Odile in Swan Lake, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Tatiana in Onegin, the role of Isadora as a young girl in the original ballet by Libor Vaculík and Jozef Bednárik entitled Isadora Duncan – The Story of a Famous Dancer, Federika and Marion in the ballet Little Mr Friedemann / Psycho, Maria in Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker (nomination for the Thalia Award) and the title roles in Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. In the mixed bill of American neoclassical ballet Americana II she has danced solos in The River, Tarantella and Who Cares? Owing to her profound sensation for the dramatic, she dazzled in the role of Lucrezia Borgia in the production of the same name by the choreographer and stage director Libor Vaculík, in the role of Giselle in the new ballet version by the English choreographer Christopher Hampson, as the dreamy Klara in the new adaptation of The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol, as well as in the role of Teresina in Act 3 of the ballet Napoli or in the role of “M” in the famous Mats Ek´s ballet Carmen. In Cranko’s famous ballet The Taming of the Shrew she enacted the role of Katherine (nomination for the Thalia Prize 2003) and in Onegin she danced Tatiana. As regards the modern repertoire, she has danced solo roles in the choreographies of Jiří Kylián Zuzana Susová was born in Prague. In 1995 she graduated from Prague’s Dance Conservatory, where she studied with Prof. A. Voleská and P. Ždychinec. In 1996 she became a soloist and in 2003 principal dancer of the National Theatre Ballet. Amongst her first roles were Swanilda in Coppelia and the Wedding Couple in Giselle. She subsequently danced Micaela in Carmen, Odette /Odile in Swan Lake, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Tatiana in Onegin, the role of Isadora as a young girl in the original ballet by Libor Vaculík and Jozef Bednárik entitled Isadora Duncan – The Story of a Famous Dancer, Federika and Marion in the ballet Little Mr Friedemann / Psycho, Maria in Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker (nomination for the Thalia Award) and the title roles in Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. In the mixed bill of American neoclassical ballet Americana II she has danced solos in The River, Tarantella and Who Cares? Owing to her profound sensation for the dramatic, she dazzled in the role of Lucrezia Borgia in the production of the same name and Gretchen in Faust by the choreographer and stage director Libor Vaculík, in the role of Giselle in the new ballet version by the English choreographer Christopher Hampson, as the dreamy Klara in the new adaptation of The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol, as well as in the role of Teresina in Act 3 of the ballet Napoli, Desdemona in Othello or in the role of “M” in the famous Mats Ek´s ballet Carmen. In Cranko’s famous ballet The Taming of the Shrew she enacted the role of Katherine (nomination for the Thalia Prize 2003) and in Onegin she danced Tatiana. As regards the modern repertoire, she has danced solo roles in the choreographies of Jiří Kylián Sinfonietta, Stamping Ground, Petite Mort, Last Touch, Petr Zuska Ways 03, Among the Mountains, Les Bras de Mer, In the Mist, Ibbur, or A Prague Mystery and BREL – VYSOTSKY – KRYL / Solo for Three, Nacho Duato Jardí Tancat, Itzik Galili Through Nana’s Eyes and Tomáš Rychetský Aimless Fragility and Unspoken Silence. In the mixed bill Ballet Mania she dances in George Balanchine’s celebrated choreography Tchaikovsky, Pas de deux. Zuzana Susová has an extraordinary talent for dance. She excels in both lyrical and dramatic acumen, musicality and stage intelligence, as well as virtuoso technique. In 1995 she won third place in the National Ballet Competition in Brno. In 1997 she received the Philip Morris Ballet Flower Award for her rendition of Juliet in Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet and in 2005 the Thalia Award for the role of Giselle in the ballet of the same name.

Complete Ensemble of Czech National Ballet