Choreography, libretto and direction: Natália Horečná
Costumes: Lea Fekete
Stage design: Peter Janků
Lighting: Mario Ilsanker
Musical rendition: Peter Breiner
Conductors: Peter Breiner
Assistant choreographer: Nikoleta Rafaelisová
Dramaturgy: Eva Gajdošová
The Ballet of the Slovak National Theatre premiered the contemporary ballet Slovak Dances - Lives of Lightsfrom the workshop of the young Slovak choreographer of international renown, Natália Horečná, and set to the music of the Slovak composer and musician Peter Breiner, who lives in New York. The music for thirteen dances in Breiner's orchestral suite is inspired by folk songs, mostly from the region of eastern Slovakia. A unique mix of classical music, jazz, folklore and improvisation full of colour contrasts, energy, unusual instrumentation and humour has resulted in a production with the touch of a modern European choreographer that lends the music a dynamic new dance dimension. Composer Peter Breiner also arranged the music, the art concept was created by well-known Slovak fashion designer Lea Fekete and the set was designed by Peter Janků. Since its premiere, Slovak Dances - Lights of Lighthas enjoyed great viewer interest, thus fulfilling the ambition of the Ballet of the Slovak National Theatre Ballet to develop an original Slovak ballet production.
Dancer, choreographer, director, librettist. Natália Horečná graduated from the Dance Conservatory of Eva Jacz in Bratislava (1994). During her prolific performance career, she danced in prestigious ballet ensembles, including John Neumeier’s Hamburg Ballet, the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam and later at Nederlands Dans Theater 1. She currently works as a choreographer with prestigious world ensembles such as the Vienna State Ballet, Finnish National Ballet Helsinki, Ballets de Monte Carlo, the Danish Royal Ballet and the Ballet of the Slovak National Theatre. In 2012, she was nominated as Choreographer of the Year in the Tanz Jahrbuch survey of German ballet critics.
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