National Theatre Brno

The ballet company of the National Theatre in Brno ranks among the top Czech dance ensembles. Its history, the extensive number of its dancers, and its resounding success grants it the second place in the hierarchy of Czech dance troupes.
Following its operetta and opera ballet beginnings, the ballet greatly developed in the early 20th century, when the unprecedented reform of the dance took place, both upon world stages (the Russian ballet companies of Sergei Diaghilev, for instance, which performed in Brno) and rippling through the Czech pools of dance, including Brno. Since its foundation, the ensemble has been open to new and unknown ideas and abounds with the determination to venture into uncharted waters of dance art. Assertive young dancers in the ballet company, who are offered an opportunity to stage their choreographic experiments upon the Brno Ballet stage, explore an undiscovered variety of dance (and pictorial) dimensions which cannot, with a clear conscience, be left out.

The current head of the ballet company is a distinctive Slovak dancer and successful choreographer Mário Radačovský. His cooperation with major choreographers (Jiří Kylián, Mats Ek, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe) triggered his interest in creating his own productions. Most of the ballets which he has put together so far were specifically created for the ensemble in the United States and Canada, where the company has successfully filled millions of spectators with enthusiasm.

The National Theatre Ballet in Brno maintains the traditional repertoire of European theatres. Their repertoire includes the works of classical ballet (La Bayadere, Swan Lake) as well as contemporary choreographies (Black and White, Game Over). Dramaturgy of the ensemble keeps pace with the very dynamic development of contemporary dance, and is not afraid to experiment and cross boundaries, as well to establish or suggest new ones. Dancers from several continents are both the universal interpreters of their classical repertoire roles and fearless performers of experimental works.

As a touring ensemble, the company has performed upon the world's leading dance stages, for example in Germany, Austria, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, and Japan.

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