The National Theatre in Prague |
Opera and Ballet
120 minutes |
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The very first time that Czech National Ballet dancers and audience encounters pieces by choreographers Pastor and Goecke. 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.
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The Prague National Theatre was built from the desire of the Czech people for national independence. Its building was financed from the collections on which participated broad masses of people as well as important donators (including the nobility and the emperor himself). The theatre foundation ceremonial on 16th May 1868 became a national celebration.
The theatre was opened in 1881. In the same year the theatre burned down, and this tragic event caused a huge wave of new collections to support the restoration of the theatre. The Prague National Theatre was re-opened in 1883 by the opera Libuše by Bedřich Smetana and since then it has been serving as a place of Czech national identity and as a flagship of the Czech culture to these days.
The theater was beautiful and the ballet was excellent. The view from one seat in our box was obstructed but we noticed some empty seats in the orchestra during the first intermission and we moved into those seats without a problem.
Stunning contemporary ballet!
Beautiful and strong dance performance, very entertaining. So impressive!!