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National Theatre Ballet branched out with The Little Mermaid
National Theatre ballet introduced the first premiere of this season: on 10th November, 2016 The Little Mermaid took over the stage of the Estates Theatre. The famous fairytale written by H. Ch. Andersen was translated into the “language” of modern dance theatre and the transformation was in the hands of the same team that created the successful Krabat, the Sorcerer's Apprentice in 2013: tandem of directors Martin Kukučka and Lukáš Trpišovský (SKUTR) and the choreographer Jan Kodet.
Famous tale of a mermaid, that for love for an earthly prince gives up the most valuable of her gifts – her voice and immortality, was written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1836. It was not just the case with The Little Mermaid, but also other of his stories that Andersen drew not just from his imagination but also his own life, that was far from happiness and fulfilment. The story of The Little Mermaid particularly carries his anxiety for love and vanity of the knowledge that love and huge sacrifice remain unnoticed.
This strong story inspired the choreographer Jana Kodet and established and prolific duo of directors “SKUTR” – Martin Kukučka and Lukáš Trpišovský who together wrote the libretto for their new piece. Music was composed by contemporary Czech composer Zbyněk Matějů. Intense visual solution was introduced by renowned set designer Jakub Kopecký, costumes depicting both human and submarine life by Akexandra Grusková. The main parte swere danced by Magdalena Matějková and Ondřej Vinklát and Alina Nanu and Matěj Šust respectively. The Grandmother was danced by Tereza Podařilová and Miho Ogimoto, the Witch by Michaela Wenzelová and Klára Jelínková.
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