The National Theater Ballet, Prague Suzanne Dellal October 7
The National Theater Ballet of the Czech Republic, directed by choreographer Petr Zuska, opened this yearâ€™s DancEuropa festival. The company opened the evening with â€˜Stamping Groundâ€™ (1983), an old signature work by his Zuskaâ€™s compatriot Jiri Kylian. The workâ€™s unique body language sums up the strong impact of Kylianâ€™s first encounters with the Aboriginals of Australia. The dedicated dancers of this company followed the difficult basic â€˜scriptâ€™ but often missed the inner intensity which charged the stage when it was first introduced more than twenty years ago.
The other two performances were dance theater works, choreographed by Petr Zuska; â€œLes Bras de Merâ€ and â€œMariaâ€™s Dreamâ€ indicated a partiality toward using props, such as a table and bench which enabled the dancers to widen their range of kinetics. The first was a duet with few lyrical moments of great beauty that unfortunately were limited by a simplistic narrative. The second work took on gender-changing options, trips in and out of reality, humor, and terrific jumps, dives and rolls, as a group of men frolicked by a lake, envious of a beautiful swan.