Mahen Theatre / Ballet 18/10/2021 19:00 - 20:10


DANCE BRNO 2021 is a festival focused on the presentation of Czech professional ballet companies. This unique project will showcase the high artistic and interpretive level of the Czech professional ballet scene. All in one place over one week, DANCE BRNO is bringing you six guest performances in the buildings of the National Theatre Brno – Mahen Theatre and Janáček Theatre. Introducing almost the entire Czech professional ballet scene. The dramaturgy of the festival focuses mainly on original works, progressive repertoire titles and choreography of distinguished European and world choreographers with an extraordinary level of solo or ensemble interpretation.




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Ballet Company of the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Pilsen

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
18th of October at the Mahen Theatre

Based on the play by Dale Wasserman One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, based on the Ken Kesey’s novel.

Libretto, choreography and direction: Dustin Klein

Music: Simon Lovermann

Sound effects, vocals: Felix von Bredow

Set Design: Dustin Klein

Costume Design: Louise Flanagan, Dustin Klein

Light design: Jakub Sloup

Projection: Simon Lovermann, Dustin Klein



The Czech National Ballet in Prague

Forsythe / Clug / McGregor
19th of October at the Janáček Theatre

Choreographers: William Forsythe, Edward Clug, Wayne McGregor

Music: Thom Willems, Milko Lazar, Justin Hurwitz, Steve Reigh

Costume Design: Yumiko Takeshima a Issey Miyake (White Dress), Edward Clug, Ursula Bombshell

Set a Lightdesign: William Forsythe, Tom Visser, Charles Balfour


South Bohemian Theatre Ballet in České Budějovice

Radio Free Cunning Little Vixen
20th of October at the Mahen Theatre

Libretto adaptation and direction: Petr Zuska, Štěpán Benyovszký

Choreography: Petr Zuska

Costume Design: Pavel Knolle

Light design: Daniel Tesař

Musical Direction: Zbyněk Perla

Assistant Choreographer: Béla Kéri Nagy

Stage Manager: Michaela Freudenschussová

A non-traditional rendering of the well-known lyrical and humorous story about an untamable, cunning vixen, based on the movement theatre and the voice of Karel Höger, who narrated the original story by Rudolf Těsnohlídek. Let us be transported back to the recording studio of the 1960s, in which, thanks to the authentic narration, unexpected scenes of the vixen’s comical and serious adventures take place. During the radio broadcasting and movement narration, the cunning little vixen slowly rises above the everyday necessities of her own survival, compares the world of men with that of animals, and looks for the real understanding of the life circle, in which everyone “becomes silly with love” once in his or her life.


National Moravian-Silesian Theatre Ballet in Ostrava

Rossini cards
21st of October at the Janáček Theatre

Choreography: Juanjo Arqués / Mauro Bigonzetti

Music: Alva Noto & Rjúiči Sakamoto, Jóhann Jóhannsson / Gioacchino Rossini

Pianist: Michal Bárta



Moravian Theatre Olomouc Ballet

22nd of October at the Mahen Theatre

Author / Music: Adolphe Charles Adam

Libretto: Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Théophile Gautier, adapted by Michala Štípy

Choreography: Michal Štípa, Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, Marius Petipa

Direction: Michal Štípa

Assistant choreographer: Guido Sarno

Musical staging: Petr Šumník

Conductor: Petr Šumník, Tomáš Hanák

Set and Costume Design Aleš Valášek

Light design: Martin Špetlík

Ballet Masters: Guido Sarno, Jan Fousek

The story of Giselle was inspired by a Slavic legend about single girls who die just before their weddings. Those girls turn into fairies after their death and appear to lonely passers-by as they dance to death. Giselle, a village girl who is in love with a nobleman Albert, meets the same destiny as she passes away just before her wedding and turns into a fairy. Does the same fate await Albert as the other passers-by go around in circles in the forest? Or does Giselle save him from a certain death? It was none otherless than Adolphe Charles Adam who composed music to this popular romantic ballet. Michal Štípa, choreographer and stage director of this performance, studied the piece with his dance ensemble according to the classic version of Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa, that is as it is danced all around the world.



Ballet of the National Theatre Brno

Lady of the Camellias
23rd of October at the Janáček Theatre

Choreography, dramaturgy and direction: Valentina Turcu

Music: Franz Schubert

Musical adaptation: Andrei Pushkarev

Conductor and musical staging: Robert Kružík

Set Design: Marko Japelj

Costume Design: Alan Hranitelj

Light design: Aleksandar Čavlek

Vice, love, sacrifice…

Ballet NdB invited the prominent Croatian choreographer Valentina Turcu to create the original ballet. Turcu’s masterfully crafted choreography to several reworked Schubert’s scores provides a unique experience of a truly heart-rendering ballet spectacle that is imbued with many contrasting themes, with many of them still considered as morally dubious, such as the question of free love, especially through a woman’s perspective. A unique and thought-provoking viewpoint of a female choreographer provides us not only with a new “reading” of the novel, but rather gives us a more authentic, believable, yet seductive and rather intense »original« – a multi-layered drama ballet that features strong and energized, as well as highly aestheticized movement, which is accentuated by a personal signature and remarkable expressivity of ballet dancers from Brno. Turcu’s brilliant, yet delicate choreographic manuscript The Lady of the Camellias – along with the unsurpassed Schubertian melody, full of beauty, longing and anguish – will undoubtedly render you speechless, but will still leave you questioning about true nature of love, its enigmatic beauty, as well of devastating impact it often has on our lives.

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Production team


When do we play?

Janáček Theatre / Balet


Forsythe / Clug / McGregor / Balet Národního divadla v Praze
  • Today
  • 19:00 - 21:00
Mahen Theatre / Balet


Rádio svobodná Bystrouška / Balet Jihočeského divadla v Českých Budějovicích
  • Tomorrow
  • 19:00 - 20:55
Janáček Theatre / Balet


Rossiniho karty / Balet Národního divadla Moravskoslezského v Ostravě
  • 21/10/2021
  • 19:00 - 20:35
Mahen Theatre / Balet


Giselle / Balet Moravského divadla Olomouc
  • 22/10/2021
  • 19:00 - 21:25
Janáček Theatre / Balet


Dáma s kaméliemi / Balet Národního divadla Brno
  • 23/10/2021
  • 19:00