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The book depicts the life of Růžena Mazalová, including comments by the artist herself. The engrossing story of a country girl from a large, musically-gifted family, who, plunged into poverty, caused by her father’s untimely death, went on to gain European fame owing to her immense talent and sheer diligence. She was a soloist of the National Theatre in Prague, and a choreographer and, later on, deputy of Erich Walter, the Artistic Director of the ballet company of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf and Duisburg. During her engagement abroad, she always remained in contact with her native country. She has created numerous choreographies of classical ballet works for the National Theatre in Prague, where she also taught at the Faculty of Music and Dance of the Academy of Performing Arts. In 2008, she received the Thalia Prize in recognition of her lifelong mastery.
The story of Růžena Mazalová serves as an interesting illustration of the respective time, as well as an example and source of encouragement for young dancers. The life of the artist, who during the time of the Iron Curtain was among those who always remained dignified representatives of the culture of their native country in Europe, may not be unique, yet it certainly is fascinating.
Authors: Romana Krtilová
Publication date: 2017
Publisher: AMU Praha
Format: 62 pages, 200 x 200 mm, paperback