Prague Chamber Ballet is the largest Czech independent professional dance company. The beginnings reach into 1964 when Luboš Ogoun, Pavel Šmok and Vladimír Vašut founded Studio Ballet Prague. In 1975 Pavel Šmok continued with the original idea of Ballet Prague under a new name: Prague Chamber Ballet. Formation of this company signified a great change in the development Czechoslovakian ballet. The repertory consisted of the Pavel Šmok’s choreographies as well as the pieces of other host choreographers from the Czech Republic and abroad (L. Vaculík, P. Zuska, J. Kylián, R. North, Ch. Bruce, P. Delacroix, P. de Ruiter, J. Hackman, J. Kodet, and others).
In nearly half a century of successful development the company became an important international representative of dance art of the Czech Republic and the Capital city of Prague (Israel, Lebanon, India, China, Australia, Cuba, Taiwan, Germany, Luxembourg, Thailand, Poland) and gained many substantial awards (Czech literary fund prize for the best choreography, Thálie award for extraordinary stage performance, Czech Republic dance association prizes, etc.).
The current face of Prague Chamber Ballet is represented by 10 permanents and 2 – 4 external dancers, who have extensive dance vocabulary based on following techniques: classical dance, modern and contemporary dance and techniques based on improvisation. Members of the company have wide experiences from national and regional theatres and also from alternative scenes in Czech Republic and abroad. Since March 2016 Mr. Igor Vejsada, ballet master and pedagogue, is in charge of the artistic leadership. He continues in the tradition of innovative and progressive company with Czech and international repertoire. In cooperation with long-time soloist and pedagogue of Prague Chamber Ballet Kateřina Dedková – Franková, Igor Vejsada has got a clear focus on the preservation of original choreographies of mister Pavel Šmok. Prague Chamber Ballet is approaching young and middle generation of successful and creative Czech and foreign choreographers with an emphasis on cooperation with choreographers of Czech origin working in the Czech Republic and abroad (H. Polanská Turečková, Ji-Eun Lee, J. Greben & U. Ivgi, M. Radačovský, H. Litterová, A. Dziurosz, Ž. Jereb & A. Štěrbová, V. Konvalinka, J. Pokorný, L. Vágnerová, etc.)