Ballet The Music Theatre Karlín
Romeo and Juliet
12. 11. 2018
The Czech National Ballet travelled overseas to extraordinary exotic destinations – the Central American Costa Rica and also Cuba, the heart of the Caribbean. Artistic director Filip Barankiewicz picked twelve soloists for this trip and devised a full evening Gala comprising both classical and more contemporary duets and solos.
The fist stop on this special tour was San José, the capital of Costa Rica. Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica hosted our Gala two times. The journal La Nación in it's special edition Viva endowed the Czech National Ballet with the attribute legendary and offered its readers a two page interview with Mr. Filip Barankiewicz.
After the success in San José the company flew to Cuba to the magical city of Habana where it took part in the famous Festival Internacional de Ballet de la Habana „Alicia Alonso”, a well-known cultural event founded in 1960.
“It is for the first time in history that the Czech National Ballet brings its own original evening programme to this legendary festival. The outstanding quality of our performance was confirmed by an excited and warm reaction of Cuban audience and especially by the standing ovation at the end – we were honoured,” says Filip Barankiewicz who saw both performances in Habana in the Teatro Nacional de Cuba.
Cuban ballet is famous worldwide and Cuban dancers are known to be outstanding. The greatest personality that has made Cuban dance shine is Alicia Alonso, the prima ballerina assoluta who celebrates 96 this year and who set up the Festival Internacional de Ballet in 1960.
Michaela Černá, the ballet master of the Czech National Ballet, met Alicia in person twice.
“In 1986 I had the opportunity to dance at the Habana festival for the first time – it was in pas de deux with Ján Němec – and that is when I met Alicia Alonso. Two years later in 1988 Alicia invited me to Cuba again, this time I danced as soloist with the Cuban National Ballet. I performed the part of Myrta in Giselle and Odette/Odile in Swan Lake with the Cuban dancer Rodolfo Castellanos. It is great that the Czech National Ballet was invited to Habana – a true honour. I am glad I could come with our dancers and show them the magical, indescribable atmosphere of the celebrated Cuban festival.”
Toni Piñera for the Cuban site granma.cu
“Our company, the Cuban National Ballet, celebrates its 70. anniversary – and this was a great opening! On the first evening of the 26. year of the Cuban dance festival we could see mastery, physical excellence, perfect technical skill and wild rhythm. The audience was excited and rewarded the dancers with spontaneous applause. Every single part of the Gala was performed with precision and elegance – typical traits of the Czech company. The Czech National Ballet lighted up the Cuban stage for the first time and they brought various styles that represent their rich repertoire. The dancers were perfectly able to move among many different styles.”
Yuris Nórido for the Cuban site cubasi.cu
“Vertigo by Mauro Bigonzetti creates cycles of darkness and light and the dancers (Kristýna Němečková and Giovanni Rotolo) are engaged in constant intensive dialogue. The best piece of the evening – standing ovation.”
The name of the famous ballerina Alicia Alonso is connected not only with the Festival Internacional de Ballet de la Habana but also with the historical theatre stage Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso. This was the place where the international Gala took place and the two Czech soloists – Nikola Márová and Adam Zvonař – were part of it. They danced the pas de deux from La Byadère (in Prague you will have the opportunity to see this ballet at the end of November and the beginning of December).
“It is admirable that the Czech National Ballet is able to send so many soloists abroad to Central America and at the same time bring to the Prague stage the fascinating ballet Kylián – Bridges of Time which is technically highly demanding and requires great skills of interpretation or stage the new contemporary ballet Slavic Temper in a completely new cast,“ says the artistic director Filip Barankiewicz.
Congratulations to all our soloists – Evgenia Chetverikova, Alina Nanu, Kristýna Němečková, Nikola Márová, Magdaléna Matějková, Nikita Chetverikov, Mathias Deneux, Younsik Kim, Giovanni Rotolo, Matěj Šust, Ondřej Vinklát and Adam Zvonař. Thank you!
Photo: Younsik Kim
In order from left to right: Alina Nanu, Matyáš Rytina (pyhsiotherapist), Matěj Šust, Giovanni Rotolo, Nikola Márová, Adam Zvonař, Ondřej Vinklá
6. 11. 2018
Romeo and Juliet – the romantic story by Shakespeare accompanied by the music of Sergei Prokofiev and performed by The Czech National Ballet in The Music Theatre Karlín. Four times only in 2018, starting November 12.
The famous love story written by William Shakespeare inspired the great composer Sergei Prokofiev in the 1930s and the Czech choreographer Petr Zuska in 2013 – his neoclassical version shines on the stage of The Music Theatre Karlín and waits for your visit. The State Opera Orchestra, the Czech National Ballet dancers and young talents from the Ballet Preparatory School create an unforgettable atmosphere. For the first time Romeo will be played by the Italian dancer Federico Ievoli who will fall in love with his Juliet Magdaléna Matějková.
“Romeo has always been of my most favourite characters – I am delighted I have the opportunity to dance this part. Moreover, Magda is a real star, an experienced dancer, and I am learning a lot from her. It is hard to be a dancer and actor in one, to dance and to act at the same time so that Romeo is persuasive and believable. But I will give all I have in me so that the audience can enjoy the magic of the evening fully.” (Federico – Romeo)
“I am looking forward to our new Romeo very much. I sense that Federico will not only bring exceptional dance aesthetics to the stage but also lots of love. And I will share this love with him gladly!“ (Magdaléna – Juliet)
Don’t miss the love of Romeo and Juliet and come to Karlín! November 12 at 7pm for the first time.
Photo: Sergei Gherciu
25. 10. 2018
DANCE EUROPE, the prestigious international magazine dedicated to dance and published in London elected Filip Barankiewicz among the best artistic directors of ballet companies around the world for the 2017/2018 season. „Filip Barankiewicz, inspirational new director of the Czech National Ballet.“
In the October issue the results of the CRITIC’S CHOICE poll were printed. The well known dance theater critic Mike Dixon chose Filip Barankiewicz as the artistic director of the year.
„Fourteen critics share their personal highlights and disappointments from the last dance season.“
The same critic mentioned the Czech National Ballet in two other cathegories – exceptional male performance and exceptional female performance. Two names of the CNB appeared – Alina Nanu (in the role of Lise in La Fille mal gardée) and Ondřej Vinklát (in the role of Colas in the same piece).
Congratulations to all – our boss and our dancers! Come and see La Fille mal gardée in May 2019!
photo: Martin Divíšek
17. 10. 2018
The Czech National Ballet goes on two weeks tour to the exotic Caribbean. The dancers will perform Balet Gala on four occasions. Two times they will dance in Costa Rica – at the National Theatre in San Jose, twice in Cuba at the National Theatre in the Covarrubias Hall, Havana.
The first soloists of the Czech National Ballet Nikola Márová and Adam Zvonař will perform at the famous Festival Internacional de Ballet de la Habana “Alicia Alonso”. They will dance the pas de deux from La Bayadère by Javier Torres.
This legendary ballet festival first saw the light of day in 1960 and its birth was inspired by Alicia Alonso, the prima ballerina assoluta and a great personality of art and culture. It will be the first time since the 1980s that Czech dancers will take part in this exceptional cultural event.
You can look forward to news and updates under the heading Czech National Ballet on Tour – Caribbean Tour 2018. Stay tuned to our social media!
11. 10. 2018
Have no opportunity to see the premiere of KYLIÁN - Bridges of Time in The National Theatre? No harm! Watch it outside the building at Vaclav Havel Square or at home on CTArt.
Today you can come to Vaclav Havel Square. On a big screen you will see bits and pieces from various works by Jiri Kylian (6.30 pm - 8 pm) and live streaming of Kylian - Bridges of Time premiere (8.15 pm). You can take hot wine, too, to warm your body. // Kylian - Bridges of Time also live on CTArt at 20.15! // Get to know the genius choreographer Jiri Kylian! //
photo Dasa Wharton
17. 9. 2018
Collaboration was started with four performances of Vertigo performed by our first soloists Michal Štípa and Miho Ogimoto in Atlanta.
Congratulations for the great applaus and for the beautiful atmosphere of the evening RETURN TO FALL. The collaboration with Atlanta Ballet will continue in the season 2019 / 2020.
31. 8. 2018
Grande ballezza! On September 3 our dancers take part in Mercedes-Benz Prague Fashion Week at Rudolfinum. The fashion show of a new couture collection by a successful designer Zuzana Kubickova is choreographed by our soloists Ondrej Vinklat and Marek Svobodnik. Enjoy this exceptional fusion of fashion and dance! Photo by Pavel Jený