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Slavonic (and Other) Dancing with Antonín Dvořák

An evening at the Rudolfinum with the swishing of hoop skirts, the swirling of fans, and colourful costumes from every corner of our country. Come "taste" the end of the 19th century first-hand and experience a completly "different" ball than the usual!

Education programs | Duration of the programme 3 hours | From 15 years


Kateřina Klementová author and guide

Czech Beseda Dance Ensemble

Vojtěch Jouza conductor

Photo illustrating the event Slavonic (and Other) Dancing with Antonín Dvořák

Rudolfinum — Suk Hall and Ceremony Hall

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Price 500 Kč Tickets and contact information

Reservation of seats for current subscribers:
until 3 June 2024, 20.00
Sale of individual tickets for subscription concerts:
from 10 June 2024, 10.00
Ticket sales for all public dress rehearsals:
from 11 September 2024, 10.00

Customer Service of Czech Philharmonic

Tel.: +420 227 059 227

Customer service is available on weekdays from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm.


Change of the beginning of the event from 6 pm to 7.30 pm.

The program is based on a musical part but also on a spoken word that will be given in Czech language only. The program will not be supplied with English subtitles.

An evening at the Rudolfinum with the swishing of hoop skirts, the swirling of fans, and colourful costumes from every corner of our country – that is what it probably would have looked like more than a hundred years ago if our majestic building was overflowing with patriots who loved Czech music and dancing.

So please accept this invitation to a little dancing course. Learn the polka, waltz, sousedská, mazurka, kvapík (gallop), třasák (“shaking dance”)… And also the Czech beseda, the original Czech quadrille that conquered the world.

Regular dance lessons at the Rudolfinum with music by Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, and other Czech composers will conclude with a big ball featuring a live band!

So, then... Shall we dance?

Dress code for the ball: evening attire of the second half of the 19th century (ladies: hoop skirt or bustle, gentlemen: tails or suit with stand-up collar). You can get the right clothes through clothing rental services.

The ball ticket includes introduction about the customs and traditions at balls of the period (What is it we are going to tomorrow? 23rd April 2022 at 4.30 and 5.30 p.m.) and teaching of the basic dance steps (What are we going to dance? 23rd April at 6 and 9 p.m.) in the Rudolfinum.

We are also preparing long-term dance course for the public. You are welcome but not required to come in pairs. The dates of classes and other information are available here.

The photo is owned by the Museum and Gallery in Česká Lípa.


Vojtěch Jouza  conductor

Vojtěch Jouza

Vojtěch Jouza studied oboe at the Prague Conservatory in the class of František Xaver Thuri and subsequently at the Academy of Performing Arts in the class of Jiří Mihule. Later he also graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in conducting, which he studied with Tomáš Koutník, František Vajnar, Petr Vronský, Hynek Farkač, Josef Kuchaň, Leoš Svárovský, Charles Olivier-Munroe, Norbert Baxa, Jiří Chvála and Lubomír Mátl. Vojtěch Jouza gained valuable experience early in his youth, for example, as a member of Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester led by Claudio Abbado. While still a student at the Academy, he won a competition to become an English horn soloist of the Prague Symphony Orchestra (1989–1991).

When still at the Prague Conservatory, his interest in early music and chamber performance inspired Vojtěch Jouza to found the Prague Baroque Ensemble in 1982, which has been actively performing ever since and where he takes on the roles of oboist, artistic director and occasionally conductor, presenting many interesting projects. In 2007 he conducted his own reconstruction of Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Mark Passion with the Baroque Prague Ensemble and the Prague Chamber Choir as part of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra concert series. In the following years, Vojtěch Jouza featured well- and lesser-known works within the concert series of the Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra such as Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Easter Oratorio and Magnificat; Missa Dei Patris by Jan Dismas Zelenka and Brockes Passion by Georg Philipp Telemann. In addition to numerous performances in the Czech Republic, the Prague Baroque Ensemble annually tours Japan.

As part of his other artistic activities, Vojtěch Jouza devotes himself to conducting choirs – in 1995 he founded the En Arché chamber choir where he is the choirmaster and conductor. In 2009, he became the choirmaster of the Česká píseň (Czech Song) Choir in Pilsen. In 2014, he was invited to teach at the Convivium International Summer School of Sacred Music as a choirmaster lecturer.

As a conductor, Vojtěch Jouza has collaborated with leading Czech and Slovak orchestras and choirs such as the Czech Philharmonic, PKF – Prague Philharmonia, Slovak State Philharmonic in Košice, Prague Chamber Choir, Kühn Choir of Prague, Martinů Voices, Talich’s Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of South Bohemia, Pardubice Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra and Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra in Zlín. Together with the BERG Orchestra, Vojtěch Jouza staged two operas by Bohuslav Martinů, Comedy on the Bridge and The Marriage. As a co-creator and especially conductor he has been involved in the past seasons in successful educational programs of the Czech Philharmonic entitled “Penguins in the Rudolfinum”. In the years 2015–2017 he was Assistant to Chief Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, Jiří Bělohlávek. In the 2016/2017 season he was involved in preparation of the recording of Tchaikovsky’s compositions for Decca with Semyon Bychkov.

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