Who Cares? | Ballet

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May 2023


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 Balanchin's famous ingenious musicality. We will present this production in a completely original costume and stage design.

Brahms–Schoenberg Quartet

The title is Balanchin'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.

Who Cares?

Ballet Who Cares? to the music of George Gershwin is one of Balanchin's most famous and also the most joyful works. Who Cares? is both the name of Balanchin'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 the orchestra pit and join in. It is pure, unmitigated, uncut joy.”

 State Opera Orchestra

Program and cast


Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet


George Balanchine


Johannes Brahms


Arnold SchoenbergKlavírní kvartet č. 1 g moll, op. 25

Who Cares?


George Balanchine


George Gershwin


Hershy Kay

Prague State Opera

The State Opera today


The State Opera (formerly the State Opera Prague, between 1948 and 1992 the Smetana Theatre, and originally the New German Theatre) has been a part of the National Theatre since 2012. The Opera and Ballet ensembles give repertory performances at the State Opera.




The Prague State Opera resides in the building which on January 5, 1888 was opened as a Prague German stage with the performance of Wagner’s opera, The Mastersingers of Nürnberg. In the 19th century, Prague Germans performed in the Estate’s Theater in alternation with a Czech company. Desire for their own theater led to negotiations in 1883 for the construction of a new theater building for the German Theater Association. Over the next three years, a blueprint was drawn up and handed over to the Vienna atelier of Fellner and Hellmer. Also sharing in the design was the architect of the Vienna Municipal Theater, Karl Hasenauer, while Prague architect Alfons Wertmüller took part in the construction. Financing came from private collections. With its spacious auditorium and neo-Rococo decoration, this theater building is among the most beautiful in Europe.




By car

On Wilsonova street, from the left lane close to the State Opera building take the slip road to the Slovan above-ground garage. The parking fee is 40 CZK/h.


By tram


By daytime tram No. 11 to the stop “Muzeum”, through the underpass beneath Legerova street in the direction of the NationalMuseum, at the crossroads turn right along the NewBuilding of the NationalMuseum.


By daytime trams Nos. 3, 9, 14 and 24 or night trams Nos. 51, 52, 54, 55, 56 and 58 to the stop “Václavské náměstí”, then by foot uphill on the left side of the Wenceslas Square to the traffic lights across Wilsonova and Vinohradská streets. Then turn left along the NewBuilding of the NationalMuseum.


By metro

To the “Muzeum” station, lines A and C (green and red), and then by foot along the NewBuilding of the NationalMuseum.

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