Premiere: 11 May 2023 at the State Opera
The State OperaPremiere
May 11, 2023
“Who Cares? is amazing. Never in a theatre have I wanted so much to jump over the orchestra pit and join in. It is pure, unmitigated, uncut joy.”
This performance is a tribute to George Balanchine, one of the world's most important choreographers and the founder of neoclassical dance.
The production offers two choreographies, which were originally created for the New York City Ballet and draw attention to the exceptional connection between dance and music thanks to Balanchine's famous ingenious musicality. We will present this production in a completely original costume and stage design.
The title is Balanchine's first abstract work created in 1966. It is a one-act ballet for fifty-five dancers, which with its Hungarian spirit, drive and energy brings a truly holistic experience culminating in an intoxicating finale.
Ballet Who Cares? to the music of George Gershwin is one of Balanchine's most famous and also most joyful works. Who Cares? is both the name of Balanchine's ballet and an old song written by George and Ira Gershwin in 1931 for the ballet Of Thee I Sing. It is said about Who Cares? that it retains the typical freshness of an eternal martini – dry, sincere, refreshing, tailor-made, with a slight hint of lemon. This brisk and bold ballet evokes the living spirit of Fred Astair, Ginger Rogers and the 1930s. It expresses a temperament that is very American and full of distinctive energy.
Robert Sealy of Ballet Review says, “Who Cares? is amazing. Never in a theatre have I wanted so much to jump into the orchestra pit and join in. It is pure, unmitigated, uncut joy.”
State Opera Orchestra
Where to buy tickets
The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. On 1 August at 9am we started selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika until the end of January 2023.
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 State opera
While visiting the State Opera, you can take the slip road on Wilsonova street from the left lane close to the State Opera building to the Parking Centrum above-ground garage. The parking fee is 40 CZK/h.
Buffets at the State Opera
No waiting. For your benefit, please pre-order your food and beverages at the bar to minimize waiting in the queue!
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