8.11. 2019 / 19:30


DANA PALA CREATIVITY company presents a dance production La Mar in a brand new cast. This piece based on the motives of H. Ch. Andresen Little Mermaid will be performed by Hanna Nussbaumer (AUS & SWE) and Viktor Konvalinka (CZ). The choreography in which the main theme is the relationship between a man and a woman can be seen in Prague Studio Alta in Holešovice. The premiere of the new cast will take place here on 8 November 2019.

„La Mar is a dance duet for two foreigners, accompanied by sounds and melodies of foreign places, based on H. Ch. Andersen.”

The group of artists connected by the Czech choreographer Dana Pala which was founded in 2013 presents a new production of the successful production of 2017 La Mar, which was selected as the only dance play from the Czech Republic for the prestigious festival of contemporary dance Dance Stages in Shanghai in 2018. The premiere with the new cast will take place on 8.11.2019 at Studio Alta in Prague 7.

“The story of a mute mermaid leaving her underwater world to experience life on land serves as a choreography theme for two dancers, a man and a woman. To underline the diversity of the two worlds and the diversity of each human being, we have casted a Czech dancer (Viktor Konvalinka) and an Australian-Swedish dancer (Hanna Nussbaumer).”says choreographer Dana Pala. Andersen’s best-known work is not just a simple fairy tale for children, but a tragic story that is timeless and even adults in the 21st century may be surprised by its urgency.

The production works on the connection of dance and set design and the audience has the opportunity to see a precious choreographic work with various elements on the stage. Original music composition by Jiří Lukeš is one of the highlights of the piece, which works with authentic sounds from travels recorded by Dana Pala herself. The music is accompanied by the motive of the Spanish guitarist José Bolaňos. “We want to capture as much variety and diversity as possible, not only in the choreography itself, but also in the music,” Lukeš says.



Choreographer Dana Pala, who works mainly in the Czech Republic, Spain and Germany also owns a contemporary dance school in Melnik near Prague. The main idea of ​​her work is the creation of dance projects, workshops and the interconnection of various artistic disciplines in the field of contemporary dance, music, set design, architecture and multimedia techniques.

Viktor Konvalinka (Dance)

After graduating from the Prague Dance Conservatory, Viktor joined the Czech National Ballet in 2014, where he was appointed soloist in 2006. He has performed as a soloist in classical repertoire, modern ballets and contemporary choreography. During his time here, Viktor performed many works by renowned choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, Ohad Naharin, Mats Ek, Jiri Pokorny, Jacobo Godani, Youri Vamos, Petr Zuska, Jan Kodet and many more. In 2009 Viktor founded his own project based dance company called DekkaDancers, in which he was then able to explore his own ideas through dance and choreography. In 2015, Viktor won the category “best male dancer” of the 23rd edition of Thalia Awards in Czech Republic for his outstanding solo in Ohad Naharin’s ‘Decadance’ staged by Czech National Ballet. All together a total of 24 artists were nominated in different categories. Viktor then joined Norrdans in August 2015 where he worked with many choreographers such as Mats Ek, Mari Carassco, Jo Strømgren, Fernando Melo, Roy Assaf, Tina Tarpgaard, Martin Forsberg, Kartin Hall and Simone Grøtte. Even after leaving the Czech Republic, Viktor continued being a part of his company DekkaDancers when he could, going back to choreograph on his time off. He is now starting a life of freelance dancing with the support of Dansalliansen.

Hanna Nussbaumer (Dance)

After graduation from Ecole Ballet School in Sydney Australia, Hanna moved to London in 2010 and graduated with a BA (Hons) from the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in 2013. During her time here, she had the opportunity to work with the Rambert Dance Company in Itzik Glili’s ‘A Linha Curva.’ Hanna then continued her studies at the London School of Contemporary Dance graduating with a Master of Arts Degree (dance). In 2013 Hanna took up an apprenticeship position with Danish Dance theatre where she danced with the company in choreographies by Tim Rushton and worked with Örjan Andersson. She joined Norrdans in January 2015 where she had the opportunity to work with many choreographers such as Mats Ek, Mari Carassco, Jo Strømgren, Fernando Melo, Roy Assaf, Martin Forsberg, Tina Tarpgaard, Katrin Hall, Simone Grotte, Yossi Berg and Oded Graf and Jose Agudo. She has now entered the life of freelance dancing where has worked with Jana Burkiewiczova and will work with Arthur Pita in London later this year.


Choreoraphy, direction: Dana Pala (CZ)
Dance: Hanna Nussbaumer (AUS & SWE), Viktor Konvalinka (CZ)
Set design, original light design: Michal Hōr Horáček (CZ)
Light design: František Fabian
Kostýmy: Nguyen Ha Thanh Špetlíková (VN)
Hudba: Jiří Lukeš (CZ)
Music theme: José Bolaňos (ES)
Production: Dana Pala Creativity



Prague City Hall

Foto: Andrea Barcalová