Beyond Vibrations

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A triple bill made up of works by distinguished contemporary choreographers. Bringing to bear modern movement vocabulary, all three pieces seek singular aesthetics, feature distinct creative refinement and profound metaphoric message, yet are also characterised by vibrating “instruments” – dancing bodies and sonorous strings. Krzysztof Pastor, Hans van Manen and Marco Goecke set their vibrant choreographies to the vibrant music of Alfred Schnittke, Henryk Górecki, Benjamin Britten and Gustav Mahler. This will be the very first time that Czech National Ballet dancers and audience will encounter pieces by Pastor and Goecke.

Program and cast

- Moving Rooms -

Romina Contreras; Kristýna Němečková; Evgeniya Victory Gonzalez; Adam Zvonař; Erivan Garioli; Oleg Ligaj; Patrik Holeček; Giovanni Rotolo; Paul Irmatov; Nikola Márová; Louise Corpechot; Olga Bogoliubskaia; Danilo Lo Monaco; Federico Ievoli; Sami Gossart; Irina Burduja; Nina Fernandés; Alice Petit; Alexandra Pera; Anna Dal Castello; Aya Okumura; Anna Novotná; Natsuki Nishiyama; Alina Nanu; Martelle Cho; Daria Lazucová; Francesco Scarpato; Paul Tudor Moldoveanu; Daniel Leger; Matěj Šust; Roger Duart; Mathias Deneux

 

- Frank Bridge Variations -

Patrik Holeček; Danilo Lo Monaco; Erivan Garioli; Adam Zvonař; Giovanni Rotolo; Francesco Scarpato; Jakub Groot; Elias Frantziskonis; Marco Piraino; Oleg Ligaj; Robert Jerjen; Giacomo De Leidi; Sami Gossart; Paul Tudor Moldoveanu; Roger Duart; Alina Nanu; Romina Contreras; Evgeniya Victory Gonzalez; Nikola Márová; Aya Okumura; Irina Burduja; Nana Nakagawa; Alexandra Pera; Haruka Iguchi; Olga Bogoliubskaia; Natsuki Nishiyama; Anna Dal Castello; Federica Bona; Martelle Cho; Chihiro Sudo

 

- Fly Paper Bird -

Paul Irmatov; Erivan Garioli;  Danilo Lo Monaco; Aya Okumura; Anna Novotná; Natsuki Nishiyama; Kristýna Němečková; Alice Petit; Alexandra Pera; Sami Gossart; John Powers; Fraser Roach; Francesco Scarpato; Matěj Šust; Jakub Rašek; Marco Piraino Federico Ievoli; Daniel Leger; Romina Contreras; Louise Corpechot; Anna Dal Castello; Irina Burduja; Alina Nanu; Elena Dombrowski; Giovanni Rotolo; Patrik Holeček; Giacomo De Leidi; Roger Duart; Elias Frantziskonis; Mathias Deneux; Basil Schwerzmann; Robert Jerjen

 

Approximate running time: 2 hours 15 minutes, 2 intermission (20 minutes, 30 minutes)

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Marek Mičánek
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Serghei Gherciu
© Marek Mičánek
Serghei Gherciu
© Marek Mičánek

Prague National Theatre

The National Theatre today

 

The historical building of the National Theatre, constructed in 1883, is generally considered the prime stage in the CzechRepublic. It is the flagship of the National Theatre institution, today amounting to five buildings and encompassing four companies. You can see there Opera, Drama and Ballet performances.

 

Idea of building a stately theatre for the Czech nation

 

The National Theatre is the embodiment of the will of the Czech nation for a national identity and independence. Collections of money among the broad mass of the people facilitated its construction and hence the ceremonial laying of its foundation stone on 16 May 1868 was tantamount a nationwide political manifestation.

 

The idea of building a stately edifice to serve as a theatre was first mooted in the autumn of 1844 at meetings of patriots in Prague. It began to materialise through a request for “the privilege of constructing, furnishing, maintaining and managing” an independent Czech theatre, which was submitted to the Provincial Committee of the Czech Assembly by František Palacký on 29 January 1845. The privilege was granted in April 1845. Yet it was not until six years later – in April 1851 – that the Society for the Establishment of a Czech National Theatre in Prague (founded in the meantime) made its first public appeal to start collections. A year later the proceeds of the first collections allowed for the purchase of land belonging to a former salt works with the area of less than 28 acres, which predetermined the magnificent location of the theatre on the bank of the river Vltava facing the panorama of Prague Castle, yet at the same time the cramped area and trapezoidal shape posed challenging problems for the building’s designers.
 

By car

To the centre (OldTown), approach on Masarykovo nábřeží (Masaryk embankment) in the direction from the Dancing House, at the crossroads in front of the National Theatre turn right to Divadelní street and then right again to Ostrovní street to the National Theatre car park. Parking costs 50 CZK/h.

 

By tram

By daytime trams Nos. 6, 9, 18 and 22 and night trams Nos. 53, 57, 58, 59 to the stop “Národní divadlo” – in front of the NT historical building; by daytime tram No. 17 to the stop “Národní divadlo”.

 

By metro

To the station “Můstek”, line B (yellow), and then by foot on Národní street; or to the station “Karlovo náměstí” and then two stops by tram No. 6, 18 or 22 to the stop “Národní divadlo”. To the station “Staroměstská”, line A (green), and then two stops by tram No. 17 to the stop “Národní divadlo”. 

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