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The beginning of the 2016/17 season is an occasion to look back at and take stock of the previous season, as well as to give some thought as to that which awaits us in the current school year. In the past season, the activities of the Czech National Ballet Preparatory School had two highlights. The first was our participation in a new adaptation of The Nutcracker, staged by the Artistic Director of the Czech National Ballet, Petr Zuska and titled The Nutcracker and the Cuddly Mouse. The production’s conception is starkly different to that on which the previous one was based, yet it afforded the Preparatory School pupils ample new opportunities. The performance not only tested their dance skills, but also required dramatic and expressive rendition of the roles assigned to them. Yet, judged by the audience’s response, our children acquitted themselves of their tasks with aplomb.
The other apex of the previous season was the annual performance given by our pupils, which this time took place at the State Opera. Titled From Mozart to Chanson, the show encompassed a long era and a large scale of dance styles (the details are captured in our archive). The audience received the performance with great enthusiasm. In conclusion, we can state that the Summer Arabesques gathering has been becoming an increasingly popular part of our pupils’ holiday.
When it comes to the current season, owing to the ongoing reconstruction of the State Opera building, some of the titles in which our pupils dance will be performed on other stages. La Bayadère will continue to be presented at the National Theatre historical building, Romeo and Juliet has been transferred to the Karlín Music Theatre, while The Nutcracker and the Cuddly Mouse will remain at the National Theatre historical building. We firmly believe that our pupils will soon get accustomed to the new spaces.
This season, some of our pupils will also appear in the musical Ferda the Ant, to be staged at the Hybernia Theatre. As for our annual performance, it will for the first time be given at the Estates Theatre. On the basis of the June and September auditions, which again met with great interest, the Czech National Ballet Preparatory School has accepted a number of new gifted pupils, some of whom will start attending the first grade, while others will join the higher classes. In this connection, our school has opened two parallel classes, 4A and 4B, for children aged between 8 and 10. As regards the nationalities of its pupils, I can, with a slight exaggeration, say that the school has assumed an international dimension. Besides Czechs, it is now attended by Russian, Ukrainian, Japanese and Mexican children.
Wishing you all a successful 2016/17 theatre season and school year.
BREAK A LEG!
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.
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.