|Otto & Jiří © Rebecca Hoppe|
After completing their long career at the Hamburg Ballett (Otto) and at the Semperoper Ballett (Jiří) a totally new life opened up for the multi-talented brothers.
"For dancers, the age limit is a constraint but we still love dancing. The passion and the fulfilment we feel when we are on stage help us to push our limits a step further" say the twins. "We will perform on stage as long as we can experience the deep connection between soul and body. It is this connection that makes us feel one with the piece we perform and experience a sort of Stendhal syndrome" says Jiří. "Love and passion must never fail. They are indispensable for gaining the complete control over body and emotions, and dancing for so long" Otto goes on.
In the future, the twin-brothers will reduce their active appearance on stage and concentrate more and more on the creative creation part. I (Jiří) will work to create the choreographies and Otto, thanks to his love and skills for technologies, will create the music and the 3D design for costumes and stage-setting. Like in a puzzle, all parts (choreography, music, costumes and stage-setting) will then come to life on stage. We have already many projects that will bring us to different countries in Europe as well as overseas.
Now that a completely new chapter of their life is starting they cannot avoid thinking back at the first steps of their career. "We own big thanks to the excellent teachers we had in school. Our success started in those days. This is one of the reasons why teaching is so important for us and we will give classes in Japan and in Spain later this year" say Jiří and Otto.
Otto: "We are also very grateful to the Hamburg Ballett. When we entered John Neumeier's Ballett Company we were among the few Czech dancers performing in Germany. At that time there was a generation change in the Company which allowed us to perform principal roles, testing our skills and pushing our limits".
|Orfeus scene © Pavel Hejny|
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My big thanks to Jiří and Otto for their time (a few hours before the German Première). It has been a great pleasure and an honour to talk to you. I 100% enjoyed Orfeus yesterday.