A novel theatre production where poetry meets drama, original music and modern ballet has just opened in Prague. Additionally, the big draw for many audiences coming to Posedlost, or Obsession, will be the continued transformation of one of the Czech Republic’s leading actresses, Tatiana Vilhelmová, into a popular and accomplished dancer. Christian Falvey was at the show’s premiere.
A Viennese-style Ball at the Opera was held at Prague’s State Opera on Saturday night. Among the guests were the Czech-born businesswoman Ivana Trump and Ian Gillan from the rock band Deep Purple. The first such Ball at the Opera was organised in Prague in 1948, while the last one – prior to Saturday – took place 14 years ago.
There was a Scotswoman, an Irish dance school, and a lot of Czechs… Not heard that one before? Well, for the past eight years, Prague has played host to a summer school of Irish dance and traditional music. This year, the course is bigger than ever, attracting over 200 participants from Europe and America. The programme has proved a hit with the scores of Czechs to have taken part. On Tuesday, I paid it a visit.
The Edinburgh fringe is one of the biggest arts festivals in the world, with the Scottish capital more than doubling in population during the three weeks each August when the fringe takes place. Parks, churches and even public toilets are all transformed into venues, attracting performers and visitors from all over the globe. This year, five Czech theatre groups are in Edinburgh to perform at the festival. They are part of the ‘Czech Republic @ The Fringe’ season, coordinated by Ladislav Pflimpfl from the Czech Centre in London. I caught up with
In Mailbox today: the planned controversial National Library building; the rising status of Czech cuisine; the “dancing king” of Cambodia; May competition question – correction; a listener’s complaint about alleged discrimination in Radio Prague’s monthly quizzes. Listeners quoted: Lipa from Prague, Tony Prescott, Erin Slattery, Ian Morrison.
Dudy is the Czech word for the bagpipes and Call of Dudy is the title of a documentary film focused on the Bohemian piping tradition. Featuring lots of great music and interesting interviews, it takes viewers to the instrument’s traditional strongholds in south and west Bohemia, and over the border into Bavaria.
The Sokol gymnastics organisation was founded in Prague in 1862 during the Czech National Revival, and is still active today in the Czech Republic, and elsewhere. This Sunday, Sokol Minnesota is celebrating its 125th anniversary at a building in St Paul called the Czech-Slovak Protective Society – it originally served as a kind of insurance agency for Czechs and Slovaks in Minnesota. I called Joe Landsberger, who is organising the anniversary celebrations.
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