This weekend in Prague: Swing dancing and early spring blossoms at the market

Plus: 'Swan Lake' is performed with 48 swans on stage, the Iranian film festival gets underway, and English-language theater. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 12.01.2023 15:21:00 (updated on 27.09.2023) Reading time: 3 minutes


One of the oldest college orchestras in the United States, the Tufts Symphony Orchestra will play a free concert at Smetana Hall in Obecní dům on Jan. 13. The program includes Leonard Bernstein, Stravinsky, and Mozart. People should reserve tickets in advance.

The bands Vellocet Roll, Body of Pain, and Neue Welt perform at Café V lese on Jan. 13. The groups play a mix of punk, noise, rock, post-punk, electronica, EBM, minimal synth, and psychedelic music.

Rising jazz keyboardist Daniel Bulatkin brings his quartet to Jazz Club Ungelt on Jan. 14. Bulatkin, a Czech who is now based in the Netherlands, has released two albums under his own name.

Trumpeter Michal Gera and his band are at Jazz Dock on Jan. 15. Gera has been active in the jazz scene since the 1980s and performs his own post-bop works plus standards.

Learn to swing dance at Vinohradský pivovar on Jan. 15. Lessons will take place every two weeks and focus on different topics. You can come with a partner or a group of friends.


Cimrman English Theatre stages The Stand-In at Žižkovské divadlo Járy Cimrmana on Jan. 13. The dry Czech comedy is performed in English translation by a professional cast using the original sets and props from the Czech version. English surtitles are available to help people keep up with the jokes. The story is a comedy of errors involving a vain substitute actor who can't remember his lines. This was the first of what is now five new translations of a series of classic Czech plays allegedly written by Jara Cimrman.

Gounod's opera of Roméo et Juliette is performed in French, with surtitles in English and Czech at the State Opera on Jan. 13. It was first performed in Prague in 1869, just two years after its debut in Paris. The current staging with Art Deco sets dates from 2016.

Gounods's 'Roméo et Juliette.' Photo: Zdeněk Sokol, National Theatre.
Gounods's 'Roméo et Juliette.' Photo: Zdeněk Sokol, National Theatre.

A play based on a Norwegian film, The Art of Negative Thinking is performed in Czech with English surtitles at Švandovo divadlo on Jan. 13. The black comedy focuses on a disabled man who rebels against an optimistic psychologist.

The International Festival Ballet performs Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake at the Prague Congress Center on Jan. 14. The production is billed as the world's biggest, in terms of the number of swans on stage, with 48. The former St. Petersburg Festival Ballet changed its name last year to reflect its international character. The troupe, which includes some Ukrainian dancers, sees art as a way to promote peace.

A Streetcar Named Desire. Photo: Pavel Hejný, National Theatre.
A Streetcar Named Desire. Photo: Pavel Hejný, National Theatre.

John Neumeier's ballet A Streetcar Named Desire, based on the famous play by Tennessee Williams, has two performances at the Estates Theatre on Jan. 14. The modern work about broken dreams had its first Czech performance at end of December.


The Írán:ci Film Festival. is in Prague cinemas until Jan. 15. The festival showcases recent Iranian films on the theme of "Women, Life, Freedom." Screenings are at Bio Oko, Světozor, and Lucerna. Read more in our original story.

The series of operas recorded live at Met in New York continues with Umberto Giordano’s Fedora. Soprano Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role of the 19th-century Russian princess who falls in love with her fiancé’s murderer. Experience it at Aero or Světozor on Jan. 14.

The Ukrainian film Pamfir is presented with English subtitles at Edison FIlmhub on Sept. 14. A man returns to his family after many months and faces up against difficult circumstances. The film premiered at the Cannes film festival to positive acclaim.

The National Film Archives is showing its 35 mm copy of Elia Kazan's 1961 drama Splendor in the Grass, starring Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood. Catch it at Ponrepo on Jan. 14.

Family fun

Spend Sunday afternoon at a kid-friendly magic show featuring Mr. Tie, followed by a screening of Minions: The Rise of Gru in English with French subtitles at Royal Theatre and Club Chic on Jan. 15 at 4:30 p.m.


The first daffodils and tulips of the season will be at the Heřmaňák farmers market (Řezáčovo náměstí) on Jan. 14, along with the usual selection of fruits, vegetables, and other culinary items.


See the best Czech photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons last year. The opening takes place at Didaktikon at Hybernská 4 on Jan. 13.

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