The performance will be unique in its extraordinary and authentic line-up of performers. On just one summer evening the public will enjoy an excellent kaleidoscope of choreography performed by leading soloists from the best theatres in the world, such as the Bolshoi in Moscow, the Mikhaylovsky and Stanislavsky theatres, or the Boris Eifman Ballet Theatre.
The performance also features dancers from Berlin State Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Compania Nacional de Danza and the La Mov dance group from Spain, Nederlands Dans Theater and Paris Opera. These world dance aces will communicate with the public in a language that needs no translation, requiring only the ability to feel and receive emotion and energy.
Louis XIV is the inspiration
The theme and inspiration for this unique performance is the colourful life of King Louis XIV – especially his passion for dance. When Louis was 12 years old he danced a well-known Baroque carnival opus in the Palais Royal Ballet Theatre. This dance opened up a magical world in which the King could play the fool and the jester could boast the royal title for a few hours.
The artistic director of the Sun King ballet project is Russian choreographer Nikita Dmitrievski, a student of the world-famous Czech choreographer Jiří Kylián. “I am treating my guest appearance in Prague with great responsibility and extraordinary sensitivity. Prague is not only the birthplace of Jiří Kylián, it is also the stage on which a legend was born. It’s an honour for me that we are performing on the actual stage of the National Theatre. Jiří Kylián was the man who helped me to find personal freedom,” says Nikita Dmitrievski.