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In the 2012/13 season we celebrated together the extraordinary anniversary year of the Czech National Ballet Preparatory School. Its indisputable apex was two events of major significance: the celebrations of Mrs. Naděžda Sobotková’s 90th birthday and the gala show marking the 60th anniversary of the school’s existence. The celebrations also included accompanying events connected with the launch of Naděžda Sobotková’s autobiography, titled The National Theatre: The Alpha and Omega of My Life, and an exhibition on the dress circle of the National Theatre historical building documenting the Ballet Preparatory School’s past and present. At the beginning of the gala performance, a number of distinguished dancers shared their experiences and adventures relating to the school. The show was a resounding success, owing not only to the immense diligence and efforts of all the teachers, performers and other artists but also the pupils’ parents, who despite the tense situation caused by the spring floods in Prague co-operated with the school in a self-sacrificing manner. Highly successful too were the two training courses for children, Summer Arabesques III, in Kostelec nad Černými lesy. Just like every year, many of our pupils passed the entrance exams for the Prague Dance Conservatory. The main events of the anniversary year are thus over, yet a few more celebratory events will be taking place before the calendar year is out.
In September 2013 our school will enter the 61st year of its existence. It will not be an easy year though, primarily owing to the ongoing reconstruction of the Anenský complex, resulting in organisational and other types of problems. We, pedagogues, pupils and parents alike, will have to get through this challenging period in a spirit of co-operation and tolerance. When it comes to the 2013/14 school year, the Czech National Ballet Preparatory School will naturally continue to participate in selected performances throughout the theatre season and towards the end of the year our school will prepare its third independent show. Moreover, we will organise another summer training course, which over the past three years has become sought-after among our pupils and their parents alike. As for new activities, we would like to assess the possibility of engaging ballet companies from beyond Prague in our projects, as well as collaboration with foreign ensembles in this respect. And, naturally, throughout the year we will be updating and extending our website.
As you can see, just like the previous ones, the 2013/14 school year too will be abounding in numerous time-honoured events. At the same time, we by no means intend to rest on our laurels but advance forward. We are entering the new school year with firm resolve and belief in being able to successfully implement all our major plans and objectives.
Head of the Czech National Ballet Preparatory School
Romeo and Juliet
In the 2013/14 season, a new production of Sergey Prokofiev’s celebrated ballet Romeo and Juliet, created by Petr Zuska, Artistic Director of the Czech National Ballet, will be premiered on 14 November. The Czech National Ballet Preparatory School has been afforded a great opportunity to participate in the production, with our pupils appearing in the roles of the little jugglers. We highly appreciate the opportunity we have been given and consider it yet another confirmation of the fact that the Preparatory School is an integral part of the Czech National Ballet company. We cordially invite you all to the performances of the new Romeo and Juliet production on the stage of the State Opera.
The Czech National Ballet Preparatory School announces an open painting competition
on the themes
I - 60 years of the Czech National Ballet Preparatory School
(announced to mark this year’s anniversary of the Ballet Preparatory School)
II - Romeo and Juliet
(announced on the occasion of the premiere of a new production of the ballet Romeo and Juliet, with Ballet Preparatory School pupils performing)
I A, II A – younger children: years 1, 2 and 3
I B, II B – older children: years 4 and 5
I C, II C – advanced pupils and Ballet Preparatory School pupils attending the Conservatory
D – open category – children up to 15 years of age
The contestants’ task is to treat a selected theme from the history of the Ballet Preparatory School or the ballet performance of Romeo and Juliet, applying any painting technique (quarto paper, A3).
Terms and conditions:
- Each contestant is only allowed to present a maximum of 2 works (1 for Theme I, 1 for Theme II).
- The deadline is 15 January 2014, the works should be delivered to the office of the Ballet Preparatory School, Anenský areál.
- The works shall be submitted anonymously, in an envelope or non-transparent case, with only the category being written on the back of the quarto paper (non-anonymous works will be disqualified).
Evaluation: The works will be assessed by Czech National Ballet soloists (on a scale of 1 to 5); the contestant with the highest final sum total will be the winner.
The works will be displayed on the Anenský areál premises and the contestants’ names will be listed.
- Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each category.
- The prize-winning works in each category will be displayed on the Czech National Ballet Preparatory School website.
Head of the Czech National Ballet Preparatory School
Nutcracker - Christmas Carol
Ballet Preparatory School pupils in The Sleeping Beauty
Dear friends of the Czech National Ballet Preparatory School, We cordially invite you to a performance of The Sleeping Beauty, taking place on the stage of the State Opera. Numerous pupils of our school will be appearing in the roles of little butterflies, spectres and cats. For more information click here.