June25 2020 (Thu)
7:00 PM

The Chap-Book

Choral Ballet by Bohuslav Martinů

The National Theatre in Prague | Opera and Ballet

1 minutes | Available

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Date: June 25, 2020 | 19:00 (Thu)
Venue: The National Theatre in Prague
Duration: 1 minutes
Status: Available
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Choral ballet inspired by folk poetry, tales and medieval street theatre and collections of popular Czech writers

The choral ballet by Bohuslav Martinů is created of a loose sequence of fairy tales, folk games and nursery rhymes, inspired by collections of Karel Jaromír Erben and Božena Němcová, popular folk poetry and tales, and medieval street theatre.

Špalíček (The Chap-Book) is shaped by a cycle of children’s games and scenes from rural life (The Water Sprite Game, The Cockerel and Hen Game, The Golden Gate Game, and others), interspersed with The Fairy Tale of the Cobbler and Death, The Legend of Saint Dorothy and The Fairy Tale of Cinderella.

Martinů’s ballet The Chap-Book received its world premiere in 1933 at the National Theatre in Prague, with a production choreographed by Josef Jenčík, one of the most distinguished avant-garde dance figures of the first Czechoslovak Republic.

More than three decades since its previous staging, Martinů’s highly popular piece is returning to the National Theatre in an adaptation by Petr Zuska, a superlative creator and dancer, former long-time artistic director of the Czech National Ballet, which will be conducted by Jaroslav Kyzlink, the music director of the National Theatre Opera.

Performed by: 

National Theatre Orchestra and Chorus Prague
National Theatre Soloists
Philharmonic Children’s Choir Dancers


  • Printed tickets required.
  • The program may be subject to change.
  • Purchased tickets cannot be returned or exchanged.
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