Prague National Ballet

The Czech National Ballet has played a dominant role in the development of Czech ballet art resulting not only from its statute but also from the fact that it is the largest ballet ensemble in the Czech Republic. Its founding in 1883 gave rise to the continuous evolutionary tradition of Czech professional dance. At the present time, the Czech National Ballet company has 82 members and is headed by its artistic director Petr Zuska. The dancers are from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, the USA, Great Britain, France, Hungary, New Zealand, Japan and Italy. Owing to its conception and artistic management, the Czech National Ballet is a standard European company, yet one possessing a special artistic spirit arising from the enchanting Prague multicultural milieu. At the beginning of the 2002–2003 season, the dancer and choreographer Petr Zuska became the new Artistic Director of the Czech National Ballet. Under his guidance, the ensemble has proceeded in several directions. It has performed works of the classical repertoire (Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Giselle, La Sylphide / Napoli), neo-classical ballets (by John Cranko: The Taming of the Shrew and Onegin; Youri Vàmos: Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol and Othello; George Balanchine: Tchaikovsky, Pas de deux and Theme and Variations), as well as modern creations of both Czech and foreign provenience (choreographies by Jiří Kylián, Itzik Galili, Conny Jansen, Mats Ek, Petr Zuska, Nacho Duato, Jan Kodet, Stijn Celis, Christopher Bruce, Jean-Christophe Maillot, William Forsythe, Jerome Robbins, etc.)

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