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9. 3. 2006

Czech premiere of the ballet MOZART? MOZART! in the National Theatre

Or, Mozart´s Little Death and Great Immortality

The National Theatre Ballet wishes to pay homage to one of the most outstanding figures in world music – W. A. Mozar t – on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of his birth.

The first part of the evening will belong to the world-renowned choreographer Jiří Kylián, whose work needs no introduction in the Czech Republic. In previous years the National Theatre has presented his famous choreographies Return to a Strange Land, Polní mše (Field Mass), L’Enfant et les sortileges (The Child and the Magic), Sinfonietta, and Stamping Ground. Our evening devoted to Mozart will open with Kylián’s Petite Mort, from the category of ‘black-and-white ballets’ (as Kylián called them himself) which explore the inner core of a human being, the subconscious, and the very essence of being.

As the second half of the program the National Theatre Ballet’s artistic director Petr Zuska will present the world premiere production of his choreography to Mozart’s Requiem. Death prevented Mozart from writing the movements Lacrimosa, Domine Jesu, Hostias, Sanctus, Benedictus, and Agnus Dei; Mr. Zuska uses the settings of these texts in Mozart’s style by the contemporary Swiss composer Richard Rentsch.

Petite Mort / Requiem
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart a Richard Rentsch
Choreography: Jiří Kylián / Petr Zuska
Sets: Jiří Kylián / Jan Dušek, Petr Zuska
Costumes: Joke Visser / Roman Šolc
Assistant choreographer: Roslyn Anderson, Václav Kuneš, Patrick Delacroix, Veronika Iblová, Nina Brzorádová, Jan Kodet / Pavel Plšek, Veronika Iblová, Nina Brzorádová, Michaela Černá
Lighting: Joop Caboort / Petr Zuska
Lighting and technical supervision: Kees Tjebbes
Conductor: Oliver Dohnányi / Jan Chalupecký

The Orchestra of the National Theatre and the Prague Chamber chorus.

Dancers: soloist and Corps de ballet of the National Theatre


BVA International
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Czech Radio
Editio Bärenreiter Praha
Opera Mozart
Prague Music Festival
Prague Philharmonia
Prague Radio
Symphony Orchestra
Prague Spring Music Festival
Prague Symphony Orchestra
The City of Prague
The Municipal House
The Museum of W. A. Mozart
Bertramka - Comenius
The National Library of the Czech Republic
The National Museum – Czech Museum of Music
The National Theatre
The Prague State Opera
The Strings of Autumn

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