Magdalena Matějková

Magdalena Matějková

Soloist of The Czech National Ballet

Biography

Soloist of Czech National Ballet, a dancer for classical as well as for contemporary repertory. She is a perfect embodiment of roles such as Lise in La Fille mal gardée, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, princess Lena in Leonce & Lena or the title role in The Little Mermaid with her girlish look, spontaneity and solid technique. In 2018 she was awarded an Award for young artist of National Theatre by general director Jan Burian.

Born in Prague, trained in Dance Conservatory Prague, graduated in 2008. She danced the role of Aurora in school performance of The Sleeping Beauty. She won 3rd prize at Prix Carpeaux Valenciennes (2005), 1st prize at International Ballet Competition in Lvov (2006), Vienna and Rome (both 2007). She joined Czech National Ballet in 2008, in the same year she won 3rd prize at International Ballet Competition in Helsinki.

She was made a demi soloist of the company in 2010, a soloist in 2015. Her roles include Pas de trois, Pas de quatre and Spanish dance (Swan Lake; Greve), Pas de six (Napoli; Bournonville), Clara and Chinese dance (Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol; Vàmos), Grand pas de quatre (Dolin after Perrot) or Gamzatti (La Bayadère; Torres). She also danced in La Sylphide (Bournonville), Cinderella (Maillot), Sleeping Beauty (Torres) and Onegin (Cranko). She created main parts in ballets Romeo and Juliet (Zuska), Snow Queen (Gerda; Corder), La Fille mal gardée (Lise; Ashton), The Little Mermaid (Kodet), Valmont (madame de Tourvel; Vaculík) and Leonce and Lena (princess Lena; Spuck).

Her contemporary repertory includes ballets by William Forsythe (In the Middle Somewhat Elevated), Petr Zuska (Brel – Vysotsky – Kryl / Solo for three, A Little Touch Of The Last Extreme, Empty Title, 1st Symphony in D major, Tremble, Stabat Mater), Uwe Scholz (7th Symphony in A major), Alexander Ekman (Cacti), George Balanchine (Serenade), Jiří Kylián (Petit Mort, Bella Figura), Ondřej Vinklát (Dumka) or Jacoppo Godani (Reflections on the Fate of Human Forms).

Repertory
Pas de trois, pas de quatre, Spanish Dance, Neapolitan princess (Swan Lake; Greeve; Cranko), Bianca (Othello; Vàmos), princess Florina (Sleeping Beauty; Torres), Cinderella (Maillot), Gamzatti (La Bayadère; Torres), Gerda (Snow Queen; Corder), Juliet (Romeo and Juliet; Zuska), Little Mermaid (Kodet), Lise (La Fille mal gardée; Ashton), Clara, Chinese dance (Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol; Vámos), princess Lena (Leonce and Lena; Spuck).

Petit Mort, Bella Figura, Gods and Dogs (Kylián), Theme and Variations, Serenade (Balanchine), Ohad Naharin: decadance (Naharin), Cacti (Ekman), Reflections on the Fate of Human Forms (Godani), 1. symphony in D major, Solo for the two of us, Empty Title, Tremble (Zuska), Rain (Poklitaru), Dumka (Vinklát).