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Scheherazade

Prague National Theatre, Prague, Czech Republic
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Important Info
Type: Ballet
City: Prague, Czech Republic
Starts at: 19:00

E-tickets: Print at home or at the box office of the event if so specified. You will find more information in your booking confirmation email.

You can only select the category, and not the exact seats.
If you order 2 or 3 tickets: your seats will be next to each other.
If you order 4 or more tickets: your seats will be next to each other, or, if this is not possible, we will provide a combination of groups of seats (at least in pairs, for example 2+2 or 2+3).

Cast
Performers
Ballet company: Czech National Ballet
Orchestra: The National Theatre Orchestra
Creators
Composer: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Choreographer: Mauro Bigonzetti
Overview

Created for the Czech National Ballet, Scheherazade will receive its world premiere in Prague. The renowned Italian choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti conceived it with Carlo Cerri, his long-term collaborator. Based on the famous Middle Eastern story, the full-length ballet features overwhelming visual dimensions.

Mauro Bigonzetti, long-standing artistic director of the Aterballetto, Reggio Emilia, is a great modern dance innovator, one of the world’s most feted ballet creators and a sensitive storyteller. Blending contemporary and classical idiom, he reveals and depicts the beauty of the human body almost like a sculptor, yet his works are far from academic. Bigonzetti has previously worked with the Czech National Ballet on three occasions. In 2016, Prague staged to great acclaim his Vertigo; in 2019, the Estates Theatre hosted the world premiere of Kafka: The Trial; and in the 2023/24 season, the State Opera presented his choreography to Franz Schubert’s Death and the Maiden within the unique project Holo Harmonies.

Nikolai Rimsky­ Korsakov did not compose the symphonic suite Scheherazade with a view to having it set to dance. Fully bringing to bear his extraordinary sense for refined and ample orchestration, and inspired by his travels in Asia, he created a wonderful piece of music, teeming with lovely, wistful melodies and dramatic commotion. Rimsky­ Korsakov’s Scheherazade was first adapted as a ballet by Michel Fokine. The 1910 production, featuring Léon Bakst’s opulent scenery, was the sensation of the Ballets Russes season. Staged worldwide, it has become an integral part of global culture.

One of the first erotic choreographies, Fokine’s piece was also a celebration of physical beauty. An artist possessing immense imagination and flair, Mauro Bigonzetti will leave the audience spellbound with  theatre magic.

History
Premiere of this production: 04 June 1910, Opéra Garnier in Paris

Scheherazade, also commonly Sheherazade, is a symphonic suite composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in 1888 and based on One Thousand and One Nights (also known as The Arabian Nights). The name "Scheherazade" refers to the main character Shahrazad of the One Thousand and One Nights. It is considered Rimsky-Korsakov's most popular work.

Venue Info

Prague National Theatre - Prague
Location   Národní 2

The National Theatre is the prime stage of the Czech Republic. It is also one of the symbols of national identity and a part of the European cultural space, with a tradition spanning more than 130 years. It is the bearer of the national cultural heritage, as well as a space for free artistic creation.

The National Theatre (Czech: Národní divadlo) in Prague is known as the alma mater of Czech opera, and as the national monument of Czech history and art.

The National Theatre belongs to the most important Czech cultural institutions, with a rich artistic tradition, which helped to preserve and develop the most important features of the nation–the Czech language and a sense for a Czech musical and dramatic way of thinking.

Today, the National Theatre is made up of four artistic companies – the Opera, Drama, Ballet and Laterna magika. It artistically manages four stages – the three historical buildings: the National Theatre (1883), the State Opera (1888), and the Estates Theatre (1783), and the more recently opened New Stage (1983). The Opera, Drama and Ballet companies perform not only titles from the ample classical legacy, in addition to Czech works, they also focus on contemporary international creation.

Grand opening

The National Theatre was opened for the first time on 11 June 1881, to honour the visit of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria. Bedřich Smetana's opera Libuše was given its world premiere, conducted by Adolf Čech. Another 11 performances were presented after that. Then the theatre was closed down to enable the completion of the finishing touches. While this work was under way a fire broke out on 12 August 1881, which destroyed the copper dome, the auditorium, and the stage of the theatre.

The fire was seen as a national catastrophe and was met with a mighty wave of determination to take up a new collection: Within 47 days a million guldens were collected. This national enthusiasm, however, did not correspond to the behind-the-scenes battles that flared up following the catastrophe. Architect Josef Zítek was no longer in the running, and his pupil architect Josef Schulz was summoned to work on the reconstruction. He was the one to assert the expansion of the edifice to include the block of flats belonging to Dr. Polák that was situated behind the building of the Provisional Theatre. He made this building a part of the National Theatre and simultaneously changed somewhat the area of the auditorium to improve visibility. He did, however, take into account with utmost sensitivity the style of Zítek's design, and so he managed to merge three buildings by various architects to form an absolute unity of style.

Important Info
Type: Ballet
City: Prague, Czech Republic
Starts at: 19:00
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