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The new 2020/2021 season



The Czech National Ballet in Prague occupies a solid position in the Central European context. Its founding in 1883 gave rise to the continuous evolutionary tradition of Czech professional dance. A truly cosmopolitan company, the Czech National Ballet is the biggest company in the Czech Republic with dancers of eighteen nationalities. This diversity affords it a colorful scale of means of expression, representing a variety of ethnicities and their differing natures and temperaments. The result is a blending together of numerous dance schools and styles, mutual enrichment and inspiration.

The Czech National Ballet’s dialogue with global dance theatre has been cultivated for over two decades. Its current Artistic Director is Filip Barankiewicz. The company’s worldwide acclaim is demonstrated by its regularly collaborating with foreign choreographers, stagers and designers. The experience with diverse movement phraseologies serves to spice up the artistic work, helping the company to find its Central European identity. 

 We are entering the new season with great expectations and hope, but also humility, knowing our existence depends on our beloved audiences. Our artistic vision is focused on showcasing exceptional dancers and diversity of the international repertoire.

 “Today we are reminded to enjoy all types of arts,” says Filip Barankiewicz. “Just #riseandshine #curtainistorise!

The first world premiere in the 2020/21 season is Phoenix, made up of three original commissions created for the Czech National Ballet by Alejandro Cerrudo, Douglas Lee and Cayetano Soto. The mixed bill will be staged in line with the company’s overall program selection – while our repertoire encompasses academic classical and neoclassical titles we equally give scope to contemporary dance and new creativity. Phoenix will receive its world premiere on 12 November 2020 at the National Theatre, featuring life music by Caroline Shaw, David Skidmore, newly composed work by Nicolas Sávva and also Richard Wagner’s music arranged by Andreas Tarkmann.

 The acclaimed narrative ballets, depicting mesmerising stories (La Fille mal gardée, Swan Lake, Onegin, The Nutcracker – a Christmas Carol…), which are currently in our repertoire, will soon be joined by a title whose premiere had to be shifted from the spring due to the Covid-19 lockdown measures.

The second premiere this season will thus be the adaptation of The Sleeping Beauty by the legendary star-ballerina Marcia Haydée. Based on Charles Perrault’s popular tale La Belle au bois dormant, the globally famous creation encompasses everything lovers of grand classical ballets may expect: a dramatic story with a happy ending, magnificent dance parts, virtuoso solo performances, as well as exquisite sets and costumes. Haydée’s work has been staged by companies of such renown as the Royal Swedish Ballet, Ballet Vlaanderen, West Australian Ballet and Korean National Ballet.

We will give its premiere in Prague on 25 February 2021 at the State Opera.

Our third premiere of the season, titled FORSYTHE/CLUG/MCGREGOR, comprises remarkable works of three contemporary dance innovators, extremely gifted choreographers, all of them inventors of new, singular movement idioms.
William Forsythes The Second Detail, which is featured in the triple bill, is simultaneously playful and rigorous, set to an aggressively percussive score by the Dutch composer Thom Willems. Created for the National Ballet of Canada in 1991, the choreography, characterized by ensemble formations, is unceasingly challenging.  
The second work included in the production is Handman nominated for Benois de la Danse. Edward Clug is currently serving as the Artistic Director of the Slovene National Theatre in Maribor. An internationally acclaimed, sought-after artist, he has created works for numerous prestigious ballet companies worldwide. 
The third work to be staged within the evening is Eden | Eden by the award-winning British choreographer and stage director Wayne McGregor. His choreographic voice is focused on the impact of technology on the aesthetics of the environment and the human body. 
The triple bill is scheduled to premiere on 6 May 2021 at the State Opera.

 Attesting to the company’s singularity is its variegated repertoire, which includes Solo for the Two of Us by Petr Zuska, Leonce & Lena by Christian Spuck, Kafka: The Trial by Mauro Bigonzetti and Kylián – Bridges of Time by Jiří Kylián.

 The international Ballet company in Prague reflects the national identity and contributes to its prestige. We offer the traditional classical repertoire and modern contemporary theatre alike, yet with a special artistic spirit.

 We cordially invite you to join our performances since we can assure worldwide competitive level that is unique in the development of the Czech National Ballet so far. Please be aware that due to the current Covid-19 measures the program is and will be a subject to change. With the cooperation of our hygienic department we guarantee a safe environment for enjoying the ballet art.

 “The body says what words cannot.” Martha Graham