Ballet NdB 2020/21
Music: Ludwig van Beethoven
Choreographer and Director: Mário Radačovský
Conductor: Jakub Klecker
Set Designer: Jaroslav Milfajt
Costume Designer: Ludmila Várossová
For the 250th anniversary of the musical genius Ludwig van Beethoven Ballet of the National Theatre Brno, in cooperation with the Janáček Opera, is preparing the joint premiere of a unique ballet project Beethoven. The reason for performing this original work is not only inspiration from this major anniversary, but mainly the artistic attractiveness of Beethoven’s great and exceptional character, his difficult life and brilliant work. Beethoven had a difficult life, practically from childhood crushed by his despotic father and the ensuing health problems culminating in complete deafness – which for another composer would probably have been the end, but not for Beethoven. We can hardly conceive of the scope of his oeuvre, created despite a complete handicap has an incredibly deep and inspirational value. The music for the ballet is taken from his symphonies, where a special position is given to the 9th Symphony with Schiller’s Ode to Joy. We are no closer to the ideal of this poem than in the period when this symphony of symphonies was written. Beethoven was a genius calling for freedom and humanity and even after 250 years his voice, enclosed in his immortal and supreme works, still resonates.
Premiere 13th November 2020, Janáček Theatre
Stabat Mater / Sleepless / Black Milk
Music: Antonín Dvořák, Dirk Haubrich, Paul Smadbeck
Choreography: Jiří Kylián, Ohad Naharin, Pavel Šmok
Costume Design: Josef Jelínek, Joke Visser, Rakefet Levy
A tribute to Pavel Šmok
It is now already five years since, in the person of Pavel Šmok, we lost an unforgettable legend of Czech choreography. Even if at this premiere concert we encounter the names of contemporary titans of choreography such as Jiří Kylián or Ohad Naharin, the evening is dedicated to the figure of Pavel Šmok, a key figure in the independent Czech dance scene of the second half of the 20th century. His Stabat Mater to music from the 1st part of the famous eponymous oratorio by Antonín Dvořák, is one of the Master’s supreme choreographic works. Another, already the fourth, piece of choreography by Jiří Kylián in our repertoire will be his Sleepless, a work in which we move on from his “black and white” period closer to the present. The music was written by Dirk Haubrich, drawing on one of the later works of W. A Mozart, the adagio for glass harmonica. In the last piece of choreography we introduce into the repertoire another of the world’s key contemporary choreographers, the Israeli Ohad Naharin. His choreography Black Milk is an interpretive challenge for five dancers. The stylistically different Ohad Naharin in Black Milk, described as “raw, elegant and full of strength”, guarantees the choreographic diversity of the whole evening.
Premiere 5th March 2021, Janáček Theatre