The Lady of the Camellias, undoubtedly one of the most famous love stories in modern literature, inspired the creation of other adaptations in many artistic genres, including Verdi’s opera La Traviata and many film versions. The famous romantic novel by Alexandre Dumas fils is a semi-autobiographical story of unhappy love in which the author speaks of his passionate and painful relationship with the famous Parisian courtesan Marie Duplessis. The story of Marguerite and Armand, a beautiful courtesan and a young man from a bourgeois family, initially takes place in Paris high society and then in the countryside, where they both leave for a new and better life. But their deep and passionate relationship does not last long. Pressured by Armand’s father, Marguerite leaves her beloved and pretends that she no longer cares for him. She returns to her former way of life and dies alone. Armand thinks she has betrayed him, and only after her death does he learn the truth about the strength of her self -sacrificing love. Ballet NdB invited the prominent Croatian choreographer Valentina Turcu to create the original ballet. She studied and danced under the famous Maurice Béjart in Lausanne, where she acquired her unique dance skills and distinctive style. She now works as a choreographer of a wide range of productions – from classical ballet to avant-garde, from grand productions to individual choreographic miniatures.
Premiere 6th March 2020, Janáček Theatre
length of performance: 1 hour 20 minutes (without break)
suitable from 12 years
The company has a long history and tradition celebrating its centenary this season and under the current artistic director Mário Radačovský who took over the reins seven years ago has introduced new and exciting works from choreographers both established and next generation to its repertoire and with the addition of Valentina Turcu’s superbly sensitive yet edgy choreography this very talented group of performers looks well prepared for the foreseeable future.
Alison Kent, DANCE EUROPE MAGAZINE - May 2020
Photo: Pavel Hejný
Graphic design: Robert V. Novák