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Oct 7, 2019 - Oct 10, 2019


The Czech Centre Seoul and the Arts and Theatre Institute in Prague presented Czech performing arts on the Performing Arts Market in Seoul taking place from October 7 to October 10, 2019 in Daehak-ro. Focusing on opera, ballet, musical and theatre for children and youth the organizers introduced the National Theatre in Brno, National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava and South Bohemian Theatre in České Budějovice. The Czech Centre and the Arts and Theatre Institute invited to the market the Janáček Opera’s artistic director Jiří Heřman from the National Theatre Brno, the director of National Moravian-Silesian Theatre Jiří Nekvasil and the director of South Bohemian Theatre Lukáš Průdek. Besides the promotion on the market booth the Czech theatres‘ representatives participated in meetings with Arts and Culture Centers in Korea with the intention to establish cooperation and culture exchange with Korean partners.


National Theatre Brno

National Theatre Brno founded in 1884 is located in Brno - the most important city in the Moravian region and the second-largest city in the Czech Republic. Together with the National Theatre Prague and the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre it belongs to the most significant theatres in the Czech Republic. Nowadays the theatre operates three stages – the Mahen Theatre, the Janáček Theatre and the Reduta Theatre. It consists of three ensembles – drama, opera and ballet.  The National Theatre Brno regularly organizes renowned international festivals – Theatre World Brno, Dance Brno and Janáček Brno.

W: www.ndbrno.cz

Janáček’s Opera

Janáček’s Opera established in the same year as the National Theatre Brno belongs to the most distinguished opera ensembles in Europe. Its repertoire focuses on worldwide known Czech composers as Leoš Janáček, Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák and Bohuslav Martinů as well as highly regarded international composers - Verdi, Mozart, Wagner, Bizet, Saint-Saëns, Offenbach. From 1995 the ensemble appears regularly on international stages not only in Europe (Austria, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Spain) but also outside Europe (Japan).

W: www.ndbrno.cz/opera

Janáček Brno

Janáček Brno is an international opera and music festival organized by the National Theatre Brno. Its main goal is to commemorate and further develop the artistic heritage of a globally renowned Czech composer Leoš Janáček. The dramaturgy is formed mainly by Janáček’s operas performed by prominent theatres from abroad as well as from the Czech Republic to confront the interpretation of Janáček’s works by internationally recognized artists.

This absolutely unique festival acclaimed in the whole Europe presents productions of leading directors from all over the world (Robert Carsen, Robert Wilson, Harry Kupfer, Peter Konwitschny, David Radok, Jiří Kylián, etc.) and cooperates with renowned composers (Sir Charles Mackerras, Tomáš Hanus, Jiří Bělohlávek, etc.).

Janáček Brno hosted opera houses from Nuremberg, Graz, Maastricht, Moscow, Essen, Budapest, etc., and established co-production cooperation with opera houses from Vienna, Antwerp, Göteborg and other cities.

The festival is a member of the Czech Association of Music Festivals and plays an active role in the international organization Opera Europa. In 2019 Janáček Brno was awarded the International Opera Award.

W: www.janacek-brno.cz


National Moravian-Silesian Theatre

The National Moravian-Silesian Theatre founded in 1919 in Ostrava, the third-largest city of the Czech Republic, is the biggest and the oldest professional theatre in the Moravian-Silesian region. It represents a noticeable centre of cultural, spiritual, intellectual and social life of citizens of Ostrava and its wide surroundings. It consists of four artistic ensembles (opera, ballet, drama, operetta/musical) on three permanent stages - the Antonín Dvořák Theatre, the Jiří Myron Theatre and the Theatre “12”. The theatre introduces about 16 premieres and 500 performances per year.

An ambitious dramaturgy intends to approach the widest possible audience of all generations and interests. Classical Czech and world repertoire is what the audience may expect as well as contemporary works and experimental performances often crossing the borders of genres. Due to its quality, the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre belongs to the top of the performing art, which has been confirmed not only by awards received at various theatre festivals, but also by interest of domestic and foreign performers, choreographers and soloists.  

The opera ensemble established in 1919 is considered to be one of the best in the Czech Republic due to its high level of interpretation and dramaturgy. The repertoire focuses not only on the works of renowned Czech composers but also internationally recognized authors of the 20th century. The ensemble has received the most prestigious Czech theatre Thalia Award for 15 times. 

The ballet ensemble belongs to the best Czech companies with the longest history. The ensemble cooperates regularly with worldwide respected dancers, teachers and choreographers (Youri Vámos, Krzysztof Pastor, Itzik Galili, Paul Chalmer, Johan Inger). Its repertoire presents masterpieces by Czech and international authors (Jiří Kylián, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky). The company received Thalia Award for 7 times and the Grand Prix on the International Ballet Contest in Pilsen in 2018.  

The operetta/musical ensemble attracts attention of domestic and foreign audience. Its repertoire includes not only original Czech pieces but also worldwide known works by international authors. The ensemble was awarded Thalia Award 4 times. In 2015, the ensemble gained 3 awards at the International Musical Festival in Daegu, including the award for the best musical, which is the greatest success in its history.

W: www.ndm.cz


South Bohemian Theatre

The South Bohemian Theatre in České Budějovice, established in 1919, is the only professional theatre in South Bohemia. It offers its audiences performances produced by four ensembles – the Ballet, Drama, Opera and the Little Theatre.

The Ballet Ensemble of the South Bohemian Theatre is a modern dance ensemble with dancers literally from all over the world (Hungary, Italy, Greece, Japan etc.). It cooperates on a long-term basis with the Landestheater Niederbayern in Passau, Germany (e.g. in the production of The Nutcracker or About Kafka prepared by the choreographer Attila Egerházi, A Streetcar Named Desire by the choreographer Libor Vaculík). Its repertoire – both past and present – includes works of renowned choreographers such as Petr Zuska, Jiří Kylián, Attila Egerházi or Rui Horta.

The Opera Ensemble stages not only generally popular operas by Giuseppe Verdi, Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák or Giacomo Puccini, but also new original works: e.g. the cantata Et nunc et semper, which was composed for the ensemble by its music director Mario De Rose, or the opera Winton’s Train, being currently prepared by the same composer. The family operas L’enfant et les sortilèges (Maurice Ravel) and The Little Sweep (Benjamin Britten) have won the hearts of the audiences, especially of the youngest ones.

The South Bohemian Theatre is well-known for its open air Revolving Theatre with an original design and utilisation of the scenic space located in the chateau garden in the historical town of Český Krumlov designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1992. The outdoor theatre was designed by a significant European stage designer Joan Brehms in 1958. Due to the bidirectional rotation on its axis, the auditorium set allows the spectators to enjoy a panoramic view of the action set in unique and beautiful scenery of chateau garden. The combination of wonderful theatre, music, dance and surrounding nature offers an inimitable atmosphere and an extraordinary emotive experience. Every year there are performed about 90 plays as an average from June to September for about 58 000 domestic and foreign spectators. The South Bohemian Theatre has been running the Revolving Theatre since it was established and all its four ensembles take part in the theatre production presenting worldwide known pieces of renowned Czech and international artists (for example singers José Cura, Eva Urbanová, Allan Glassman, Julie Makerov or Elena Rossi, and conductors Antonello Allemandi or Klaus Linkel). 

W: www.jihoceskedivadlo.czwww.otacivehlediste.cz


Arts and Theatre Institute

The Arts and Theatre Institute (ATI) is a state-funded organization founded by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic in 1959. ATI provides the Czech and international public with a comprehensive range of services in the field of theatre and other branches of arts (music, literature, dance and visual arts). It collects objects and works relating to the theatre, processes and provides access to them, pursues research, initiates and participates in international projects.

The Department of International Cooperation promotes Czech performing arts abroad and conveying information about foreign theatre in the Czech Republic. Main activities are: concepts, dramaturgy and production background for international and local projects, festivals, exhibitions, seminars, conferences, cooperation with Czech and foreign theatre and art organizations, institutions and universities, participation in international networks and non-governmental theatre organizations, publication of information materials about Czech theatre.

For further details check the website www.PerformCzech.cz in English where you can find information about subjects, artists, current events in theatre, dance, and contemporary circus in the Czech Republic such as up-to-date information on the Czech performing arts scene, profiles of Czech personalities of performing arts, selection of recommended productions available for foreign touring, essays and papers and much more.

W: www.idu.cz



104, Daehak-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul


From: Oct 7, 2019
To: Oct 10, 2019


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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