Last year, fourteen countries of the central and eastern belt of the European Union joined the project Identity.Move!. Artists from Croatia, Germany, Greece and Lithuania took part in The Lab, a sub-part of the project designed for research on identity. In Prague, they spent a month working on their contributions for the grand finale scheduled to take place in the Czech capital in March 2015.
One of the world’s leading dance troupes, Compagnie Marie Chouinard, is set to appear at Prague’s Musical Theatre on Wednesday night as part of the annual Tanec Praha festival. The group, led by Canadian choreographer Marie Chouinard, will perform their renowned interpretation of The Rites of Spring. A repeat performance on Thursday will bring the 26th edition of the dance festival to a close.
A court in the Czech capital has awarded a Prague family a record amount of over 30 million crowns in compensation for the botched delivery of their son. The court said doctors at the Vinohrady Hospital in the capital in 2009 failed to identify signs pointing to complications during the birth; as a result, the boy was born with a severe damage to his brain and other organs, he is blind and deaf and requires continuous assistance. The boy’s parents have welcomed the verdict while the hospital’s attorney said they would consider appealing the ruling.
Michal Klepetek, a ballet dancer of the Moravian Theatre in Olomouc, has won the Czech Mr Gay pagent. The 28-year-old dancer defeated another six finalists in the competition’s final held in a Prague theatre on Friday night. The contestants competed in several rounds including a swimsuit catwalk, question responses, and a free discipline. The organizers raised 35,000 crowns that was donated to a cancer-research endowment fund.
The respected Czech choreographer and dancer Richard Hes died on Monday at the age of 50. Mr Hes, the founder of the famous dance company UNO in the 1980s, had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, which doctors uncovered last year. The UNO dance company was unrivalled in the former Czechoslovakia and continued to see success after the fall of communism; the company worked with top performers on the Czech pop scene including Jiří Korn, Helena Vondráčková and Lucie Bílá. In the 1990s the dance company performed in musicals in the Czech Republic including Dracula and West Side Story.
Czech prima ballerina Daria Klimentová on Thursday announced she would retire in June, after 25 years on stage. The 42-year-old, a graduate of the Prague Conservatory, has spent the last 18 seasons at the English National Ballet. Klimentová will make her final bow at the Royal Albert Hall in London before the end of May; her last Prague performance is scheduled for May 15 at the National Theatre.
A new festival merging electronica music, contemporary theatre and dance with multimedia and visual arts is being held in the Czech capital this and next week. Entitled Spectaculare, the event brings some leading artists of these genres to Prague including Jon Hopkins from the UK and Nils Frahm from Germany. But the event also features several Czech artists and ensembles such as Clarinet Factory and Tantehorse.
The annual multi-discipline and multi-venue contemporary art festival called 4+4 Days in Motion begins in Prague this Friday. Now in its 18th year, the festival looks at some of the controversial and problematic topics surrounding the modern city, through dance and theater performances, an exhibition, public lectures and discussions. In today’s Arts, we speak to the festival’s producer, Markéta Černá, who talked about why they chose a vacant palace, situated on Wenceslas Square, as the main venue.
The Czech Centre London has prepared a special Czech Dance Showcase for the upcoming Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The showcase will present three highly acclaimed Czech contemporary dance groups, giving them a chance to show their stuff at the largest arts festival in the world. During her recent visit to Prague, I had a chance to speak to the director of Czech Centre London, Tereza Porybná, and began by asking her why they specifically chose contemporary dance as a medium to present Czech culture at the festival.
In today’s Arts my guest is the Berlin-based Canadian artist Rebecca Halls who goes by the stage name of Beka Hoop. Next week, Rebecca launches the second ever Hoopurbia, bringing together hoop dance performers from around the world. The first inception was held in industrial parts of Berlin; how will Prague compare?
Over 1,000 skeletons discovered during renovation of Kutná Hora “bone church”
Language exams for foreigners seeking permanent residency permit to become tougher
Why are Russian and Chinese spying activities in Czech Republic so intense and how exactly do they do it?
Prague’s historical Koh-i-noor factory to be converted into residential area
The history of the “German Czechs”