Czech National Theatre starts 2022/23 ballet season with a breathtaking repertoire, opened by the composed evening Kylián – Bridges of Time

The unique production Kylián – Bridges of Time features works by Jiří Kylián, the celebrated Czech choreographer, a true icon of global dance. The mixed bill includes four of his opuses – Bella Figura, Gods and Dogs, Petite Mort and Six Dances, all of them gems on the Czech National Theatre repertoire

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Kylián – Bridges of Time, Czech National Ballet, Photo: Martin Divíšek

The National Theatre in Prague will officially ring in the start of the new 2022-2023 season on September 1, with outdoor festivities at the nearby Střelecký Island, a small island on the Vltava River adjacent to the main National Theatre building, that has long been utilized for the Theatre’s outdoor festivities. The island’s name, translated in English as Shooter’s Island, comes from its use as the site of archery competitions around the 14th century.

All ensembles of the National Theatre will participate in the event, which will include a market with clothing from the Theatre’s artists, workshops for children and adults, and discussions with actors and other members of the theater company.

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Czech National Theatre will start the ballet autumn with the composed evening Kylián – Bridges of Time

Czech National Theatre – Národní divadlo will start the ballet autumn at the beginning of September with a breathtaking constant in their repertoire – the composed evening Kylián – Bridges of Time. The mixed bill includes four of his opuses – Bella Figura, Gods and Dogs, Petite Mort and Six Dances, all of them gems on the Czech National Theatre repertoire.

Casting: Laura Balogová Laušmanová, Corps de ballet member of The Czech National Ballet; Anna Herrmannová, Corps de ballet member of The Czech National Ballet; Miho Ogimoto, First soloist of The Czech National Ballet; Alice Petit, Demisoloist of The Czech National Ballet; Irina Burduja, First soloist of The Czech National Ballet; Aya Watanabe, Soloist of The Czech National Ballet; Louise Corpechot, Demisoloist of The Czech National Ballet; Francesco Scarpato, Soloist of The Czech National Ballet; Federico Ievoli, First soloist of The Czech National Ballet; Jakub Rašek, Demisoloist of The Czech National Ballet; Ayaka Fujii, First soloist of The Czech National Ballet; Kristýna Němečková, Soloist of The Czech National Ballet; Alina Nanu, First soloist of The Czech National Ballet; Kristina Kornová, Demisoloist of The Czech National Ballet; Danilo Lo Monaco, Soloist of The Czech National Ballet; Adam Zvonař, First soloist of The Czech National Ballet; Patrik Holeček, First soloist of The Czech National Ballet; Matěj Šust, First soloist of The Czech National Ballet

Kylián – Bridges of Time, Czech National Ballet soloists and corps; Photo: Serghei Gherciu, Dasa Wharton, Pavel Hejný, Martin Divíšek

The offer of the first half of the season will be wide. Not only lovers of traditional titles such as Vain Caution or Sleeping Beauty, but also fans of dance theatre, which will be offered a sharp satirical comedy Leonce & Lena, or a bold artistic fusion, for example, in the triptych “bpm – beats per minute”, will enjoy their work.

The first ballet premiere of the season will be the plot ballet A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, choreographed by one of the world’s most famous creators, John Neumeier.

 

Jiří Kylián – Bridges of Time | 1, 3, 6 and 10 September 2022 at the Czech National Theatre – Národní divadlo

The unique production Kylián – Bridges of Time features works by Jiří Kylián, the celebrated Czech choreographer, a true icon of global dance. The mixed bill includes four of his opuses – Bella Figura, Gods and Dogs, Petite Mort and Six Dances, all of them gems that adorn our repertoire.

The Czech National Ballet feels greatly honoured to stage these Kylián works, which represent a challenge for its dancers, who have thus been afforded an enormous professional experience.
The ballet evening KYLIÁN – Bridges of Time is dedicated to the work of Jiří Kylián, a renowned choreographer born in the Czech Republic who gained international fame.

Dance does not only serve to express joy, sorrow and emotional state, it can also be a prayer, a ritual, therapy or intellectual structure. In limitless ways, dance is capable of depicting the abstract and reality alike. And when done professionally, it is as though the dancer were saying: I am a work of art! Jiří Kylián

The production Kylián – Bridges of Time presents on stage the very essence of Kylián’s personality, that which makes the audience hold their breath, quickens their pulse, brings tear to their eyes and compels us to ponder pure beauty and perfect art. Such facets are almost palpable in Bella Figura and Gods and Dogs, as well as in the “Mozart choreographies” Petite Mort and Six Dances.

“I am glad that Jiří Kylián has chosen these choreographies in particular for staging in Prague. I consider them highly sensitive and think that they are among the most remarkable of his creations”, added Filip Barankiewicz, the Artistic Director of the Czech National Ballet

Premiere: Kylián – Bridges of Time was first performed on 11 October 2018 within the celebrations marking the centenary of the foundation of the Czechoslovak Republic. The Czech National Ballet has staged the current, updated production of Kylián – Bridges of Time since 21 November 2019.


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