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    Valmont

    ...you must never fall in love...

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16. 10. 2019

Applauding great stars of the Czech National Ballet!

Valmont – with exclusive premiere cast – for the last time

Shining ballet personalities, every inch professionals, winners of many awards and inspiring artists who breathed love, passion and originality into their roles will say good bye to their active dancing careers in the Estates Theatre on November 5 as Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont in Libor Vaculík’s successful ballet Valmont.

Marquise de Merteuil – Tereza Podařilová, the first soloist emerita and ballet mistress of the Czech National Ballet
You will close your dancing career in a role that was created especially for you. What did Marquise de Merteuil give you?
“It is a very special role for me in every respect. Libor Vaculík, the choreographer and director, has created it for me and I am very grateful for that. It is interesting that it was Libor Vaculík, too, who stood at the very beginning of my career – I danced Frederika in Malý pan Friedemann (Little Mr. Friedemann). Frederica was quintessentially good. Now I leave the stage in the role of Marquise who is very different – as a wild, dramatic, manipulative woman and evil bitch she stands in total opposition to Frederika. In any case – dancing in Valmont was a beautiful experience, thanks to Libor Vaculík and other colleagues, great dancers. I believe I will enjoy my “last Marquise” but… a new day will come the next morning. As Jan Svěrák says in the film Vratné lahve (Empties): “For any welcome to exist there must be a parting.” When we say farewell to something, we are open to welcome something new. I am looking forward to the last performance – I will part with my past. I feel I owe it to all those who supported me and helped me throughout my career. I know I will be both sad and happy.”

Valmont – Alexandre Katsapov, the first soloist emeritus and ballet master of the Czech National Ballet.
You will close your dancing career in a role that was created especially for you. What did Vicomte de Valmont give you?
“Valmont – it was a great challenge. I have never danced a seducer before! It was exciting in every respect… I needed to wear a double dance belt (laughing). But seriously – I did not know what to expect from the role at the beginning, Vicomte is really no romantic Romeo. And so I was looking for a key. What I like about Valmont is that it is not black and white, there are many layers from seduction and love to betrayal, disappointment, catharsis and death… It is physically demanding, too, I dance nine duets and practically don’t leave the stage in the second act. One duet is over and another one follows immediately, I have no rest. But I enjoy it very much! I am grateful to our artistic director Filip Barankiewicz for giving me and Tereza the opportunity to say good bye to one part of our life. When I saw the good bye of Michal Štípa last year, I sat there with silent envy. I would also like to thank Libor Vaculík for creating Valmont for me. Well, and I have to thank myself! I am 44 years old and still able to dance this role.”

The complete interview is to be found in the National Theatre Magazine.

Tereza Podařilová and Alexandre Katsapov are saying good by to their dancing careers.
Series of performances in the 2019/2020 season.

photo: Mario Bakuš

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10. 10. 2019

Season 2019/2020 - Continuously moving / Stále v pohybu

New opening season video produced by The Czech National Ballet. All dancers of the biggest Czech ballet company represents new season 2019/2020 here.

Video Continuously moving / Stále v pohybu

Season 2019/2020 - Continuously moving / Stále v pohybu
Artistic director of The Czech National Ballet in Prague: Filip Barankiewicz

3 premieres / 2 revivals / ballet Gala / reopening of The State Opera / cooperation with Laterna magika / The Czech National Ballet On Tour / Guest of The Czech National Ballet / We Love Ballet

Kylián – Bridges of Time, Gods & Dogs / Velvet Ballet Gala / Leonce & Lena / Onegin / Bon Appétit! / Sleeping Beauty / Krabat

Repertoire: Kafka: Trial / La Fille mal gardée (The Wayward Daughter) / Slavic Temper / Solo for the Two of Us / Swan Lake / Timeless / The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol / Valmont

The National Theatre / The New Stage / The Estates Theatre / The State Opera

Season 2019/2020 is full of different styles and colours. Every single of our ballets speaks by its own language.

video: Marco Chiodi
All dancers of The Czech National Ballet.

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7. 10. 2019

The first soloist of the Czech National Ballet Alina Nanu won the Thalia prize!

Alina was born in Moldova and graduated from the Dance Conservatory in Prague. The twenty nine year old dancer won the most prestigious Czech professional theatre award.

On Saturday October 5th the winners of the 26th annual Thalia award were announced. In the category of Dance and Theatre of Movement Alina Nanu was the winner. The first soloist of the Czech National Ballet was awarded the prize for her exceptional artistic achievement in the role of Lise in the classical production of La Fille mal gardée, a comical ballet choreographed by sir Frederick Ashton.

During the evening ceremony in the National Theatre Alina Nanu expressed her gratitude:
“Good evening. I would like to thank the Actors’ Association for this beautiful prize and also to our artistic director Filip Barankiewicz for bringing such a great production on our repertoire. I thank my colleagues, ballet masters, assistants and all who got involved in any way. Above all I would like to thank my family and friends for supporting me and keeping their fingers crossed. Thank you very much!”

photo: Serghei Gherciu

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26. 9. 2019

The Czech National Ballet in South Korea

The Czech National Ballet is performing Gods and Dogs for very first time – September 27. 2019 in Seoul Arts Center. Sharing one stage with Korean National Ballet. Cooperation on Gala evening with program created exclusively from Jiří Kylián's works.

The Czech National Ballet represents the National Theatre in the South Korean city of Seoul and will perform together with the Korean National Ballet. Their show will present several choreographies of Jiří Kylián. The Czech National Ballet is performing Gods and Dogs for very first time here. This avant-garde choreography had world premiere in September 13. 2008 and The Czech premiere is planned on September 13. 2019 as a part of production Kylián – Bridges of Time in The National Theatre.

“Dear friends,
My name is Jiří Kylián, I am a choreographer and I was born in Czechoslovakia in 1947 (one year before the communists took over). I left my country in 1968, the year in which the communists took over again and who crushed the political movement called the "Prague spring". This movement was an attempt to create "Communism with a human face". The invasion of the "Warsaw pact forces" lead by the Soviet Union, took place on the 21st of August 1968 - 51 years ago. Many things have changed since that time, but essentially nothing has changed at all! Until today, there are still totally unnecessary economic, ideological, religious, political, social and cultural divisions among many people of our tiny planet....!
You might wonder why I am writing you all this. The reason is simple. Tonight you will see two major dance companies from two very different parts of the world, sharing one stage. This is very unusual and very precious. The distance between Prague and Seoul is 8258 kilometers....! But this distance will disappear tonight, because people of many different countries, cultures and religions will share the same space and the same time: The dancers of the Korean National Ballet, directed by Sue-jin Kang and the dancers of the Czech National Ballet, directed by Filip Barankiewicz.
I don't remember anything like that ever happening before, but it is wonderful, and I am happy to be part of it. When I was the artistic director of the Nederlands Dans Theater, one thing was very clear to me: "When politicians fight, artists must communicate". I wish I could be with you in these days, and I hope that you will enjoy this experience.”
Jiří Kylián - The Hague, the Netherlands
September 8, 2019

photo: Serghei Gherciu

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25. 9. 2019

56th Golden Prague International Television Festival

The Czech National Ballet on program of festival

It is already tradition that The Czech National Ballet became part of this prestige international television festival.

25 September 2019, 19.00 pm, The National Theatre
Swan Lake of The Czech National Ballet – Partnership performance of the Golden Prague Festival

27 September 2019, 18.30 pm, The New Stage of the National Theatre
special premiere of Martin Kubala‘s documentary – A year in the Life of Jiří Kylián

28 September 2019, 13.45 pm, Václav Havel Square
Ballet Workshop of The Czech National Ballet with first soloist Nikola Márová

More inforamtion on 56th Golden Prague International Television Festival 2019

photo: Jiří Kylián together with film director Martin Kubal in Paris after ceremony of inauguration Jiří Kylián to the French Academy of Fine Arts.

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12. 9. 2019

Thalia Awards 2019 – nominations released!

There are two dancers from the Czech National Ballet nominated.

There are two dancers from the Czech National Ballet nominated for the prize Thalia Awards 2019 in the Dance and Theatre of movement. Both of them showed exceptional artistic excellence in La Fille mal gardée (The Wayward Daughter).

Alina Nanu, the first soloist of the Czech National Ballet, is nominated for the role of Lise.
“As if the role was made especially for her!” It sounds like a cliché but if you watch Alina dancing, you must agree. She is playful, naughty and sweet and you don’t even realize what skill she demonstrates while coming to terms with Ashton’s choreography full of difficult technical moves and demanding steps.

Matěj Šust, the soloist of the Czech National Ballet, is nominated for the role of Colas.
By interpreting Colas with bravura, Matěj has shown again that he is one of the greatest dancers of his generation. He is authentic, easy and convincing, dances with lightness, precision and a sense of humor even though Frederick Ashton’s choreography is highly demanding. He is a reliable partner for Alina Nanu in the duets and synchronizes his dance phrases with music perfectly.

Congratulations! We are keeping our fingers crossed!

foto: Serghei Gherciu

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11. 9. 2019

The Czech National Ballet On Tour – autumn 2019

The Czech National Ballet enters a new season with couple world tours also.

At the end of August our dancers left for Finland and performed in two cities Lappeenranta and Tampere where the well known Finish dancer, ballet master, teacher and artistic director Juhani Teräsvuori organizes a GALA. The Czech National Ballet presented Aspectsby Katarzyna Kozielska and Vertigo by Mauro Bigonzetti.

At the end of September our dancers go to the South Korean city of Seoul and will perform together with the Korean National Ballet. Their show will present several choreographies of Jiří Kylián – the avant-garde piece Gods and Dogs will be performed by the Czech dancers in Korea for the first time.

Later in the fall the Czech National Ballet will bring the romantic fairy tale La Bayadère by Javier Torres to five Chinese cities (Nanjing, Zhuhai, Shenzen, Shanghai and Beijing). They will also take part in a special Ballet Gala where both traditional and modern works will be performed.

The Czech National Ballet On Tour – Finland
foto: Adam Zvonař


2. 9. 2019

ND Fest – Opening of the 137. season of the National Theatre in Prague

The National Theatre opens the new season as usual – there will be a happening at the Václav Havel Square (National Theatre piazzetta). This year the audience will have the opportunity to see and hear various musical bands comprised of the National Theatre artists.

The Czech National Ballet will be represented by a group called HORNY BACH at 16.00pm.

“A band that never rose above average and has always had the ambition to be a warm-up group of the Il Bohemo warm-up group.”

Its members are the Czech National Theatre Ballet dancers Kristina Kornová, Morgane Lanoue, Štěpán Pechar, Marek Svobodník, Matěj Šust and Ondřej Vinklát.

Accompanying programme:
National Theatre workshops for children. Meeting with The Czech National Ballet soloist Marta Drastíková.
Weel of Fortune, National Mail, there will be refreshments and rosted hot dogs. A statue on the piazzetta will get a new costume.

The National Theatre season begins:
On Tuesday Semptember 3, 2019, at 3 pm.
In case of rain the show will be held in the New Stage building.

Entrance free.

 


28. 8. 2019

In the Footsteps of Franz Kafka 2019/2020 – off-program produced by The Czech National Ballet

Guided tour aronud Prague before Kafka: The Trial performance. Including in the price of your ticket.

We invite you to a guided tour that will put you in context and whet your appetite for attending the subsequent performance. We will take a walk through the places in Prague that inspired Kafka, the nooks and crannies of the Old Jewish Town, where the world-renowned author lived and wrote his books. Moreover, we will talk about the current production, its creators and more. The tour is free of charge, including in the price of your ticket.

In the Footsteps of Franz Kafka:
– Reservations at: balet@narodni-divadlo.cz or k.hanackova@narodni-divadlo.cz
– In Czech and in English. Leave note about language preferention with your reservation.
– The guided tour will start in front of the Estates Theatre.

In the Footsteps of Franz Kafka before Kafka: The Trial performances in these terms:
– 30 and 31 August 2019: 5.30 – 6.30 pm
– 19, 21, 23 September 2019: 5.30 – 6.30 pm

In cooperation with The Franz Kafka Society of Prague.

photo: Pavel Hejný

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25. 8. 2019

Ten dancers become members of The Czech National Ballet – Welcome in Prague!

Our company is truly cosmopolitan – there are seventeen nationalities from around the world included local Czech.

The Czech National Ballet has launched the 2019/20 season under the motto Continuously moving, bearing in mind the very essence of dance theatre that we create through movement, as well as an outreach, contact with the world, which is not motionless either.
The Czech National Ballet is a truly cosmopolitan company, made up of dancers hailing from 17 countries (Canada, Germany, Spain, France, the UK, Switzerland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Slovakia, Ukraine, the USA and the Czech Republic). This diversity affords a colourful scale of means of expression, characteristic of a variety of nationalities, their differing natures and temperaments. The result is a blending together of numerous dance schools and styles, mutual enrichment and unique inspiration.
And who are the new additions? Giacomo De Leidy joined the company at the end of the previous season. Italians, Angelo Marco Accardi, will bring to bear his experience as a member of the Bayerische Staatsballet II in Munich, and Nikita Filippo Zini came from the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart. The John Quincy Powers from USA came to Prague from the Tulsa Ballet.

The new members also include two Swiss, Robert Jerjen and Basil Schwerzmann, both of them graduates of the Tanzakademie Zürich. After completing the National Ballet School of Canada, Daniel Leger danced with the junior group of the Ballett Dortmund. Fraser Roach studied at the Royal Ballet School in London and danced with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Stuttgarter Ballett and the Ballett Zürich.

A demi-soloist post has been assumed by Evgeniya Gonzalez, a graduate of the Royal Swedish Ballet School, who gained professional experience with the Mariinsky Theatre and the Nationaltheater München ballet companies. The Czech National Ballet has also been joined by Federica Bona, a Palermo native, who was trained at the Scuola di Ballo del Teatro alla Scala in Milan, and the French ballerina Theodora Lehu, will bring to bear her experience with l'Opéra National de Bordeaux, the Stuttgarter Ballett and the Ballett Zürich.

Radka Příhodová married Adam Zvonař and will use his surname.

photo: Serghei Gherciu


19. 8. 2019

The Czech National Ballet new season is coming. We start on August 30th!

Season 2019/2020 – Continuously moving / Stále v pohybu

Opening season performances – Kafka: The Trial
Friday 30th and Saturday 31st August in The Estates Theatre

Season 2019/2020 – Continuously moving / Stále v pohybu

3 premieres / 2 revivals / ballet Gala / reopening of The State Opera / cooperation with Laterna magika

Kylián – Bridges of Time, Gods & Dogs / Velvet Ballet Gala / Leonce & Lena / Onegin / Bon Appétit! / Sleeping Beauty / Krabat

The National Theatre / The New Stage / The Estates Theatre / The State Opera

You are warmly welcome on our performances and we are looking forward to meet you – The Czech National Ballet!

photo: Youn Sik Kim

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19. 8. 2019

Daniel Camargo is looking forward to season 2019/2020 with The Czech National Ballet

“Dear Fans and Company friends, thank you all for the warm welcome into the company. The few times we shared the stage this season was a great joy. Wish you all a great summer and looking forward to next season.”

Yours Daniel Camargo – principal guest of The Czech National Ballet

photo: Youn Sik Kim


24. 6. 2019

Ballet in July and August 2019 – create your summer exklusive with ballet

Let us inspire you and enjoy extraordinary summer evening in the Estates Theatre. Ballet in summer, really? Of course! With The Czech National Ballet.

During the summer months the Czech National Ballet presents four performances. Pay us a visit and experience an unusual combination of fine art in a beautiful theatre building and sunny weather, vacation and summer atmosphere. Pietro Filipi a TONAK a.s. offer you some inspiration for summer theatre outfits.

Kafka: The Trial produced by the Czech National Ballet – A ballet by Mauro Bigonzetti based on Franz Kafka’s novel
The Czech National Ballet season 2018/2019 closing – Monday 1th and Tuesday 2nd July at 19.00pm
The Czech National Ballet season 2019/2020 opening – Friday 30th and Saturday 31th August at 19.00pm

Hats for Kafka: The Trial from company TONAK a.s., traditional producer of hats already 220 years.

You are invited to visit ballet performances by members of The Czech National Ballet Louise Corpechot, Olga Bogoliubskaia, Roger Cuadrado, Paul Irmatov and Younsik Kim.

Photoshooting Ballet in July and August 2019
photo: Younsik Kim
hats: TONAK
outfits: Pietro Filipi
makeup: Pavel Kortan
location: Stavovské divadlo
The Czech National Ballet dancers
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