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ABOUT THE BALLET COMPANY

The repertory of the Pilsen ballet company has been created with an effort to fulfil the role of a big regional theatre, i.e. to offer a broad genre range with a high artistic standard. In practice it means regular productions of world classics (such as Swan Lake, The Nut Cracker, Raymonda) and a search for titles that bring new choreographies and directorial processes. The ballet dramaturgy manages to present titles that are completely new to the Pilsen stage or shows in a Czech or even a world premiere. It is therefore gratifying that the Pilsen ballet company keeps its good position among the national representation of dance art.

Thanks to high artistic quality and technical advancement, the company often collaborates with the leading Czech choreographer Libor Vaculík who presented here, among others, the exceptionally successful dance musical Edith - Sparrow from the Suburbs (2000). Other successful ballet productions include Notre-Dame de Paris (2010) by composer Maurice Jarre (Martin Černý won a stage design award for this ballet in a National Staging Competition), Anna Karenina (2012) with music by Dmitri Shostakovich and the world premiere of the dance musical Freddie - The King of Queen (2014). Other choreographers that have worked with the ballet company include Alena Pešková, Bronislav Roznos, Zdeněk Prokeš, Mário Radačovský, Ondrej Šoth and the famous Russian choreographer Yelena Pankova.

The systematic pedagogical and artistic leadership of the company offers the soloists not only a chance to win Thalia Awards (Ivona Jeličová - Maryša, 2009; Zuzana Pokorná - Notre-Dame de Paris, 2010; Richard Ševčík - Spartacus, 2014) but also gives them the opportunity for personal growth as individual creators of original productions. In this way, Richard Ševčík was able to present his first choreography opus The Midsummer Night's Dream in 2012 and to create a dance interpretation of Oscar Wilde's Picture of Dorian Grey for the intimate environment of The Black Box in 2014.

The facilities of the New Theatre provide the ballet company with better rehearsal conditions resulting in better technical and artistic quality, which is both a premise and an obligation for the entire company.

Jiří Pokorný,
Artistic Chief of the ballet company of the JK Tyl Theatre

The history of the ballet company