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Laterna magika

National Moravian-Silesian Theatre: Hora

Green, disturbing and hauntingly beautiful world.

The New Stage
Laterna fest

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    May 2024

    Monday 13. 5.

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    Featured programme ND+
    Laterna fest

    Basic information


    The New Stage

    Approximate running time

    55 minutes, no intermission

    Meeting with the creators after the performance in the foyer of the New Stage.

    Introduction and programme

    Green, disturbing and hauntingly beautiful world.


    Ohad Naharin, a leading world choreographer and author of the dance production Hora, shakes deep-routed ideas and goes above and beyond the already seen through dance, music, and movement phantasy. Eleven dancers enter a unichromatic space in fluorescent green, traditionally perceived as the symbol of balance. However, underscored with the 2001: A Space Odyssey soundtrack, it can even evoke the images of extraterrestrials. It is precisely the unexpected combinations that make Hora an outstanding work of contemporary dance theatre. Indeed, the very word “hora” has several different meanings: a mountain in Czech; a folk dance in the Balkans, or a unit of time - an hour [ora] - in Spanish. The artists meet the audience at an astounding “playfield” that bursts with energy and quivers in the tiniest details. The dynamic world of amazing opposites that clash and produce marvellous magic is bolstered with Debussy’s and Strauss’ compositions in new arrangements. These unexpected connotations captivate the audience’s attention and instigate their imagination. 

    Ohad Naharin is the artistic director and in-house choreographer of the Israeli Batsheva Dance Company, where he has been engaged for over thirty years.

    Excerpts from reviews:

    “But where lies the haunting beauty of this production? It might indeed stem from the constant balancing between ugliness (or dreadfulness) and beauty, and the challenging of our ideals of beauty. Or maybe it is the contrast between the utmost demands that the choreography places on dancers and the realisation that they spring entirely from the authentic, elemental and unrestrained joy of dancing.”
    Tereza Cigánková,

    “While all the components of the production fit together as ingenious puzzle, the dancers are undoubtedly the focal point of the stage action. Naharin requires absolute commitment and total physical and mental involvement from the dancers. They must show refined technique, plasticity, explosiveness, and absolute concentration. Dancing in Naharin’s choreographies is challenging, touching on the limits of human capabilities.”
    Ivana Kloubková, Opera plus

    Czech premiere: 16 March 2023 at 6.30 pm, Jiří Myron Theatre

    World premiere: 18 May 2009 – Jerusalem Theatre, Israel

    Co-production: Montpellier Danse 2010 and Lincoln Center Festival, New York

    Creative team

    Choreography: Ohad Naharin
    Light design: Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)
    Set design: Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)
    Music arrangement: Isao Tomita
    Sound design: Maxim Waratt
    Costume design: Eri Nakamura
    Bench design: Amir Raveh
    Staging: Matan David, Hani Sirkis
    Répétiteur: Nataša Novotná 

    Photo and video gallery


    Practical information

    Where to buy tickets

    The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. We are currently selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika taking place in April-September 2024.

    When purchasing online, you can get an e-ticket. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the box offices of the National Theatre.

    What to wear?

    By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.

    Parking at the National Theater

    While visiting The National Theatre and the New Stage you can use again the underground car park of the National Theatre. Information and a parking fee.


    Buffets on the New Stage

    Use Café Nona for refreshments on the New Stage.