Opera Europa and Positioning Ballet are coming together for the first time for 3 days of discussions on the unique position of ballet companies operating within a European opera house structure. This marks the beginning of Opera Europa’s Dance forum for managers of dance companies and builds on Positioning Ballet’s expertise of running events for artistic directors of dance companies.
This gathering will offer an opportunity for in-depth discussion on the challenges, issues, benefits and future opportunities of working within an opera house. It is an opportunity to share good practice, learn from each other and find new ways forward in structures that have sometimes hindered the autonomy, profile and funding of ballet companies.
A recent benchmark shows that 45% of our members run an in-house dance company, and another 20% present dance from guest companies within their season.
As the artistic collaboration between opera and dance companies evolves with hybrid projects, and administrative, technical and audience departments integrate their work for a wider expertise and the benefit of the staff, it is important for Opera Europa to offer a platform to dance entities affiliated to opera theatres to discuss their own specific issues.Following the enriching conversations at Opera Europa’s spring conference in Wiesbaden, Opera Europa will be holding a first Dance event this autumn, hosted by the National Theatre Brno.
Brno is well known for its Janáček Festival, but also runs a biennale dance festival, and the Dance Brno 2023 opens in November. The Artistic Director of the Ballet Mario Radačovský looks forward to welcoming dance company directors and managers for 3 days, with exciting performances.
Friday 3 November
Premiere BDěNÍ – by Ballet NdB
Sleepless (Kylian) / White Darkness (Duato) / Waves (Poklitaru)
Saturday 4 November
Uroboros / On the Beautiful Blue… / The Water Globlin by Ballet NdB2
Sunday 5 November
Beyond Vibrations – by Ballet ND Prague
Moving Rooms (Pastor) / Frank Bridge Variations (van Manen) / Fly Paper Bird (Goecke)