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Petr Zuska

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A dancer, choreographer and current head of the National Theater Ballet in Prague, he first began at Divadlo Na Zábradlí (Theater on the Balustrade) between 1987 and 1989. He studied choreography and pantomime direction at the department of dance at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, first with the founder of modern Czech pantomime, Ladislav Fialka, and subsequently with Ctibor Turba .

After 1989, he was a soloist at the Prague Chamber Ballet, where he has been a guest choreographer since 1992, when he left to be a solo dancer for the National Theater (1992-98). He gave a distinctive performance in the role of the “Wrath of the Capulet Family” in Gounod’s opera Romeo and Juliet (1994).

He left the National Theater to join the Ballet Theater in Munich (1998-99 season), where he performed in such titles as Going to Dark, Stamping Ground, Kreaturen and also created the choreography for Triple Self to the music of Dmitri Shostakovich (1999). He has also worked at the Ballet Augsburg (1999), where he was the principal character in choreography by Jochenn Heckmann (e.g. Shaker Loops, Tripping through the Blue, Sofa–Wanted). In 2000, he was hired by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal.

He has a wide-ranging dance repertoire, from experiments and modern works (Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin; choreography by Jiří Kylián ) to classical ballet titles (The Nutcracker). In 2001, he gave guest performances in Germany and Canada. At Laterna magika in Prague, he worked on the production of the Graffiti duet, Les bras de mer. In 2002, his Clear Invisible (2002) choreography premiered at the Latvian National Opera in Riga.

He was appointed head of ballet at Prague’s National Theater in 2003 and presented the choreographies of Mezi horami (Among Mountains, 2002) and Ways 02 (2002). In 2004, he convincingly staged Ravel’s Bolero with conservatory undergraduates. International awards include the Hamburg Prix Dom Perignon 1999 award for the choreography of Triple Self.

List of honors:

  • 1993 and 1997 – Thálie Award for Interpretation
  • 1993 – Prix of Czech Lit. Fund for Interpretation
  • 1994 – Prix of Czech Lit. Fund for Choreography
  • 1996 – The Best Choreography Award
  • 1999 – Prix Dom Perignon in Hamburg International Choreographic Competition
  • 2002 – Choreography of the Year Award 


Added: 04.01.2010

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