Soloist of The Czech National Ballet
Born in Prague in 1989, Magdalena Matějková studied at the Prague Dance Conservatory under the guidance of Jaroslav Slavický, Hana Vláčilová and Kateřina Slavická, graduating in 2008. While still a student, she gave numerous performances in the Czech Republic and abroad, appearing in productions of the choreographies Talking to Frida (Jan Kodet), Evening Songs (Jiří Kylián), Bolero (Petr Zuska), Getting Dark (Libor Vaculík), Don Quixote (Jerzy Graczyk, based on Marius Petipa) and The Sleeping Beauty (Jiří Slavický, based on Marius Petipa).
In 2008, she joined the Czech National Ballet, where two years later she was named a demi-soloist and in 2015 a soloist. The classical roles she has appeared in include the Pas de trois, Pas de quatre and the Spanish Dance in Swan Lake (Kenneth Greve), the Fist Variation, Pas de six in Act III of Napoli (Frank Andersen, based on August Bournonville), Clara and the Chinese Dance in The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol (Yuri Vàmos), the Grand Pas de Quatre in Ballet Mania (Anton Dolin, after Jules Perrot), Gamzatti in La Bayadère (Javier Torres), Juliet in Romep and Juliet (Petr Zuska), Gerda in The Snow Queen (Michael Corder), Madame de Tourvel in Valmont (Libor Vaculík), the title role in The Little Mermaid (Jan Kodet) and Lise in La Fille mal gardée (Frederick Ashton). She has also danced in the Czech National Ballet productions of La Sylphide, Goldilocks, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, Onegin and Timeless. Moreover, Magdalena has performed in the modern repertoire titles, including Jiří Kylián’s Return to a Strange Land, Petite Mort and Bella Figura, Petr Zuska’s Brel – Vysotsky – Kryl / Solo for Three, A Little Touch of the Last Extreme, Empty Title, Symphony No. 1 in D major, Stabat mater, Tremble and Solo for the Two of Us, Uwe Scholz’s Symphony No. 7 in A major, William Forsythe’s In theMiddle Somewhat Elevated, Jacopo Godani’s Reflections on the Fate of Human Forms, Alexander Ekman’s Cacti, Radu Poklitaru’s Rain, Katarzyna Kozielska’s Aspects and Ondřej Vinklát’s Dumka.
She has garnered a number of accolades, including third prize at the Prix Carpeaux Valenciennes (France, 2005), first prizes at the International Ballet Competition in Lvov (Ukraine, 2006), the International Dance Competition in Rome (Italy, 2007) and the International Ballet Competition in Vienna (Austria, 2007), and third prize at the International Ballet Competition in Helsinki (Finland, 2009), Special Award of National Theatre Director Jan Burian for young artist under 33 years old (2018).