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August 4 and 5, 2024 at Vinohrady Theater in Prague

Bubeníček International Ballet Gala

Festive Gala Evening Full Of World Dance Stars

Prominent principal dancer and choreographer Jiří Bubeníček is organizing a gala evening in Prague called the Bubeníček International Ballet Gala. Spectators will see a thrilling performance with samples of Bubeníček's most striking choreographies performed by more than twenty world dance stars on the stage of the Theater in Vinohrady on August 4 and 5, 2024.

The gala program will feature not only personalities of the European dance scene, but also ballet soloists from Les Ballets Bubeníček, the prestigious La Scala in Milan, the Semperoper in Dresden and other renowned institutions.

The selection from Jiří Bubeníček's repertoire of choreography includes his best works of art, such as the fascinating and breathtaking "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel, which was first performed last year at the prestigious Český Krumlov International Music Festival.

The evening will also include the premiere of Bubeníček's brand new ballet duet, inspired by the music of Zdenek Fibich "Poem", Josef Suk "Radúz and Mahulena" and the work of Josef Václav Myslbek, an important Czech sculptor of the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Suk's work, often influenced by the landscape and atmosphere of Bohemia, provides a deeper insight into the cultural heritage and is thus an integral part of the cultural history of the city of Prague. Myslbek is among the important personalities of the art world that we remember in 2024. The inspiration for Jiří Bubeníček's premiere ballet choreography is his monumental works, such as the sculptures "Ctirad and Šárka", "Lumír and the Song" or the famous relief "Music in the foyer of the National Theater ". A new duet, created especially for this evening, will be danced by Martina Arduino and Marco Agostino, stars of the famous La Scala.

Other dance choreographies will commemorate the bicentenary celebrations of the birth of Bedřich Smetana, and other interesting examples from the varied choreographic work of our leading choreographer will be presented.

Jiří Bubeníček is an international dance icon and at the same time a proud Czech. The audience can thus look forward to an exclusive evening full of virtuosity, which will combine the celebration of Czech music with dance art at a high level. The unique artistic program will appeal not only to Czech audiences, but will also attract the attention of international audiences and tourists, thereby promoting Prague and its rich cultural heritage.

The gala evening promises an exceptional artistic experience in the company of the world's best stars and will undoubtedly be one of the cultural events of the year.


Ballet Stars



Choreography Jiří Bubeníček | Photo © Serghei Gherciu

Jiří Bubeníček

Founder of Bubeníček International Ballet Gala

Jiří Bubeníček, an internationally sought-after choreographer and one of the world's best ballet dancers, enjoyed enormous recognition during his almost twenty-five-year career. His musicality, athleticism, flexibility, unrivaled technique and instinctive sense of character made him an international star. During his time at the Hamburg Ballet, many roles were created for him, the most legendary of which is "Nijinsky". In 2006, he joined the Semperoper ballet company in Dresden as the first soloist, where he danced countless choreographies until his departure in 2015.
He has toured all over the world, most notably his engagement with the world-renowned Opéra national de Paris.

Jiří Bubeníček has been awarded many prestigious prizes, such as the "Benois de la Danse" for dance or the "Silver Medal" from the Municipality of the Capital City of Prague for promoting Prague throughout the world. He holds a "Master of Art" degree in dance pedagogy and actively shares his expertise through teaching. In 2023 he founded "Bubeníček Ballet Masterclasses".

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Jiří Bubeníček's choreographies

Jiří Bubeníček, M.A. created his first choreographies back in 1999 in the midst of his dancing career. From short scenes to abstract pieces to full-length narrative ballets, his current oeuvre of over 70 works is impressively large. In particular, Jiří Bubeníček has established an outstanding reputation as a choreographic storyteller.

Czech Radio, "Vizitka", June 12, 2024

I was always addicted to dancing, I was never shy on stage, says choreographer Jiří Bubeníček

In the radio interview, he discusses his approach to working with dancers as a choreographer, detailing how he selects them for his productions and emphasising his preference for peaceful ambience during rehearsals. "I also enjoy blending all art genres in my productions," he shares with Karolína Koubová. The conversation delves into how meditation has aided his dancing, the influence of film on his work, and much more. (Czech only).

"Vitality", Czech Television - 18.06.2024

Morning interview on ČT2

On Tuesday, the internationally recognized choreographer Jiří Bubeníček visited us. During his previous almost 25-year dance career as one of the best ballet soloists in the world. How hard was it? In which ballet companies did he feel best? What led him to found his own company "Les Ballets Bubeníček"? What are their achievements? How has ballet changed since he started his career? That's not all we ask. (Czech only)

The Vinohrady Theater, located in the Vinohrady district of Prague, is an important theater space known for its Neo-Renaissance architecture with Art Nouveau elements. The theater was founded by the decision of the council of Královské Vinohrady in 1902 as a representative theater of the then independent city. It was completed in 1907 and stands as an important landmark of the Vinohrady, Žižkov, Vršovice urban heritage zone. The theater, designed by architect Alois Čenský and decorated with sculptures by Milan Havlíček, is characterized by its central facade decorated with allegorical figures symbolizing bravery and truth.

The Vinohrady Theater is one of the main theaters in Prague. The grand opening took place on November 24, 1907 with the premiere of Jaroslav Vrchlický's play "Godiva". Important directors of the interwar period included, for example, Jaroslav Kvapil (1921-1928), during whose tenure Karel Čapek worked here as a dramaturg from 1921-1923. In the later period, from around the middle of the 20th century, Jiří Menzel worked here (in 1966 his "Watched Trains" won the Oscar for best foreign film), Martin Stropnický and many others.

"The Municipal Theater in Královské Vinohrady, that was some theater back then, sir! Right after the National Theatre, the most famous and well-known of all. And thanks to Hilar's actors and directors, perhaps even more attractive than the National Theatre."

František Kovářík

Travel information

To reach Theatre Vinohrady, near Prague's center, take Metro line A (green) to "Náměstí Míru" station. The theater is easily accessible from any part of the city and is just a short walk from the metro stop.

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