Pavel Smok

(b. 1927)

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(b Levoča, 22 Oct. 1927)

Czech dancer, choreographer, and ballet director. He began his training late, graduating from Prague State Conservatory aged 26. He danced with the Army Ensemble (1952–5) and in Pilsen (1955–8) but injury forced him to retire from the stage. He was ballet master in Usti and Labem (1958–60) and in Ostrava (1960–4) then in 1964 he co-founded Prague Ballet with Lubos Ogoun. He remained there as ballet master until 1970, after which he was director of Basle Ballet (1970–3). Between 1973 and 1975 he worked as a freelance choreographer until forming the Chamber Ballet Prague in 1975. His ballets for that company such as Intimate Letters (mus. Janáček, 1969), Sinfonietta (mus. Janáček, 1971), and Stabat Mater (mus. Dvořák, 1995), frequently used Czech and Slovak scores, the tense angular style of his early ballets softening into a more rounded lyricism in the later works. In 1990 he was appointed professor in the music faculty of the Prague Academy of Arts.

Subjects: Dance.

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