Marta Máchová Drastíková
Born in 1986 in Opava, from 1997 to 2005 studied at the Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava, and while attending the fourth grade, appeared as a guest at the Moravian-Silesian National Theatre. In 2003 she was one of a handful of Czech dance conservatory students selected to stay for two months at The Rock School Philadelphia, USA. In the same year, she won third prize in Category B at the 1st edition of the International Ballet Competition in Brno, and in 2004 she progressed to the final of the International Ballet Competition in Vienna. In 2006 she came second in Category A at the 2nd International Ballet Competition in Brno.
In 2005 she joined the Czech National Ballet in Prague, where in the 2009/10 season she was a demi-soloist . She has performed in John Cranko’s Onegin, Mats Ek’s Carmen, Libor Vaculík’s Faust and Youri Vàmos’s Romeo and Juliet. As regards solo parts, she has danced Clara’s variation in The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol (choreography: Youri Vàmos), the Pas de trois in Act 1 and Pas de quatre in Act 2 of Swan Lake (choreography: Kenneth Greve), the Sylph in the ballet La Sylphide, the Pas de six in Act 3 in Napoli and the Grand pas de quatre in the mixed bill Ballet Mania. When it comes to the modern repertoire, she has appeared in Petr Zuska’s Requiem, D.M.J. 1953–1977, BREL – VYSOTSKY – KRYL / Solo for Three, Little Touch of the Last Extreme; Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, Sinfonietta, Last Touch; Johan Greben and Uri Igvi’s Santa Says Cut It!, as well as in Jan Kodet’s ballet for children Goldilocks.
In September 2010 she joined in the ballet company of the State Opera in Vienna, directed by the world-renowned dancer Manuel Legris. During two seasons, she danced in choreographies by George Balanchine (Rubies, Violin Concerto, Who Cares?!); Jerome Robbins (Glass Pieces, The Concert); Serge Lifar (Suite en blanc); Twyla Tharp (Brahms-Haydn Variations); Pierre Lacotte (La Sylphide, La Vivandiere); Peter Wright (The Sleeping Beauty); Rudolf Nureyev (Don Quixote, Raymonda, Napoli); Roland Petit (Le Concours, Die Fledermaus); John Neumeier (Bach Suite); Patrick de Bana (Marie Antoinette); Jiří Bubeníček (Le Soufflé de l’Esprit), and Jiří Kylián (Bella Figura). At the 2011 traditional Vienna Opera ball she danced in a Pierre Lacotte choreography.
In the 2012/13 season she is again a demi-soloist of the Czech National Ballet in Prague.