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Slovakia names its bestballet dancers

Kremz and Bittererová (from left) and Raček (right).
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THE BEST Slovak ballet talents of 2005 were honoured with Phillip Morris Ballet Flower Awards on the evening of the premiere of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Slovak National Theatre (SND) on January 20.

Andrej Kremz, an SND soloist, was named Best Ballet Dancer of last year for his remarkable performances in Le Corsaire, La Sylphide and Spartacus. He received the Ballet Flower statuette and a cheque for Sk300,000 (€8,040).

Klaudia Bittererová was chosen as the Talent of 2005.

For the first time in the 11-year history of the awards, the jury also named the best dancer of the year in contemporary dance. This first honour went to Daniel Raček for his performances in Remote Edens, New Trees Inside of Me and Les Baroque.

Kremz, the most significant talent of 2002, has been nominated for the prestigious best dancer award three times. "I think that the moral acknowledgement linked with the award is the most important thing. For me it is a great support and in general it is an encouragement for a dancer," Kremz told the daily SME.

The Phillip Morris Ballet Flower Awards are given to dance artists in several European countries. The first time these prizes were awarded was in Finland in 1977. Slovakia took up the practice in 1995.

Hungarians arrive to host "party"

ARTISTS from the Bárka (Arch) Theatre from Budapest will perform The Party by Polish writer Slawomir Mrozek at Bratislava's Astorka Korzo '90 theatre on January 31 at 19:00.

László Bérczes directs actors Rémusz Szikszai, Zoltán Mucsi and Péter Scherer in the show. The play has received many festival awards since its premiere in 1999. A simultaneous translation into Slovak will accompany the Astorka Korzo '90 production.

The Party is about three men who come to a ball that does not take place. They begin to discuss the situation, raising innocent questions at first that ultimately lead to ruminations on man's eternal power game - human beings terrorizing themselves and others.

ORF introduces artist Adolf Frankl

AUSTRIAN television viewers have a chance to learn about Bratislava native, artist Adolf Frankl. The ORF 2 television channel will introduce a documentary entitled Visions from the Inferno on Frankl, within its regular Heimat Fremde Heimat programme on February 5 at 13:30.

In an untraditional way the film depicts the story of the Jewish artist, who narrated the horrors of the concentration camps through his paintings. Directed by Peter Dimitrov on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II and the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, the film, an hour-long co-production between Slovak Television (STV) and Aaron-Egele Film, premiered at Bratislava's Tatra cinema on March 8, 2005.

Italian Mondays at Mladosť cinema

THE FILMCLUB of Bratislava's Mladosť cinema, in cooperation with the Italian Cultural Institute, launched a new series of movies entitled Italian Film Mondays.

Every Monday through February and possibly beyond, Italian cinema will be on show in the original language with Slovak subtitles. This Monday, January 30, the Mladosť will screen Provincia meccanica (Smalltown), the debut of Stefano Mordini, about a family break-up.

Tickets for film club members cost Sk70, non-members pay Sk90.

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