National Theatre Pilsen

The fourth largest ballet company "Pilsen Ballet" is one of the oldest dance ensembles in the Czech Republic. Its more than hundred-and-fifty year old history is interwoven with unforgettable dance accomplishments. During its existence, the ballet company of the European City of Culture 2015 - Pilsen – has gained a stable and highly valued position in the Czech dance scene.

Since its early beginnings, many of the then major European ballet masters and choreographers, who had staged famous ballets, collaborated with the ensemble. The Pilsen Ballet passed through the turbulent history of the 20th century virtually untouched to become, now, in the new millennium, an ensemble recognized not only in the Czech Republic but also abroad.

Currently the company has flourished under the tutelage of a leading Czech dancer and choreographer, Jiří Pokorný. A long-time soloist of the National Theatre, winner of several prestigious dance awards, and acclaimed director of the Pilsen Ballet, he is the author of many important choreographies for the Josef Kajetán Tyl Theatre Ballet Company, (and other companies) such as Cinderella, Macbeth, Spartacus, Orpheus in the Underworld, Swan Lake, Coppélia, Romeo and Juliet, Faust, Carmen, Singing in the Rain, and Boris Godunov.

The Pilsen Ballet Company is renowned for its innovative approach to the art of dance. Its repertoire consists of works by progressive and promising choreographers who create, combine, but also break down the definitions of the locomotive dictionary of the contemporary world ballet scene. Alongside classic titles (Cinderella, Spartacus), the ensemble features productions with highly innovative ideas, whose adaptations receive incessant ovations and appreciation from both audiences and dance critics. Dancers step into the stream of new ideas with verve, and for their sincere and expressive interpretation of extraordinary works they have received prestigious dance awards and the opportunity to perform not only on many Czech stages, but on numerous international theatre stages as well.

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