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Dance Europe announces CRITICS’ CHOICE



Filip Barankiewicz has been voted Director of the Year

Dance Europe announces CRITICS’ CHOICE
Dance Europe, a prestigious British magazine that since 1995 has focused on dance throughout Europe, providing information about new productions and projects, as well as major contemporary figures and artists, novel trends, remarkable choreographies and exceptional dance performances, has announced the winners of CRITICS’ CHOICE for the 2021/22 season. Twelve ballet writers nominated the best dancers, new productions, ballet companies and artistic directors who had drawn their attention. One such was the UK’s Alison Kent, who has visited Prague on a regular basis, monitoring the Czech National Ballet’s premieres and other events.

The Artistic Director of The Czech National Ballet Filip Barankiewicz has been voted Director of the Year for his sophisticated and balanced approach to the company’s repertoire, which includes both works by widely renowned creators (John Cranko, William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor) and ambitious projects promoting contemporary dance, with the aim to attract young spectators to the theatre (Eyal Dadon, Sharon Eyal).

The jury also appraised Matěj Šust, a Czech National Ballet soloist, for his superb portrayal of Mercutio in an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.

The production of Wayne McGregor’s choreography Eden | Eden, part of the mixed bill Forsythe / Clug / McGregor, staged at the State Opera in Prague, has been voted Best Premiere of the 2021/22 season.


photo: Anna Bauer