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The nation unto itself in the digital era


Benefactors’ Club

The current digital era has brought with it a new conception of art, and thus requires novel approaches to its presentation. While honouring the national heritage, the National Theatre, a true gem of the Czech arts scene, has often also been a trailblazer of new trends. In line with the policy of modern-day digital philanthropy, the prime Czech cultural institution has decided to come up with its very first NFT (non-fungible token). Using a blockchain ledger, the National Theatre is entering the digital world.

The very first National Theatre NFT
The NFT is an iconic photograph capturing the Czech National Ballet first soloist Nikola Márová in the role of Odette. The unique picture shows her in a fateful moment in Act 2 of Swan Lake, a pivotal work of the classical ballet repertoire. The first encounter between Odette and Prince Siegfried. A single second can encapsulate an entire destiny, as stories unfurl at several levels, and their endings may be tragic and painful. Yet the photo depicts Odette still dreaming.

The auction of the very first National Theatre NFT will commence on 19 October 2022 at 9 pm and will last five days.

The online event will take place on the Somnium Space metaverse platform at:

The auspices over the auction, whose aim it is to support the Czech National Ballet, have been assumed by the National Theatre Benefactors’ Club. The owner of the NFT will contribute to the foundation of a new National Theatre rehabilitation and physiotherapy centre, focused on comprehensive diagnostics and cure of musculoskeletal disorders. The body is the tool of the dancer’s trade, and the human body is frail. The ever-increasing requirements for expression by means of movement and the ever-rising physical limits necessitate special rehabilitation and physiotherapy approaches.

The photo was taken by Pavel Hejný.

The work was supported by SOPRG (, the NFT Gallery of the Průcha family from Prague’s Malá Strana district.

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