Fabritio Caroso da Sermoneta
Il Ballarino, Venice 1581
Nobilita di Dame, Venice 1600

Cesare Negri Milanese
Le Gratie d´Amore, Milan 1602
Nuove Inventioni di Balli, Milan 1604

Thoinota Arbeaua
Orchesographie, Langres 1589

Michael Praetorius
Terpsichore, Germany 1612

Valerius Otto
Newe Paduanen, Galliarden, Intraden und Currenten, Nach Englischer und Frantzösischer Art, Leipzig 1611

Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi
Balletti à cinque voci, con li suoi versi per cantaresonare e ballare, Venice 1591
Balletti à tre voci per cantare, sonare & ballare, Venice 1593


Regii Caroli regis is a dance and theater ensemble striving for a faithful interpretation of period dances. The origins of the ensemble dates back to 1997 when we have got inspired by the international exhibition project of the Czech Republic at Prague Castle and the Waldstein Palace in Prague –  “Rudolf II. and Prague – Kings court and the residential town as a cultural and spiritual center of Central Europe. “

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The center of our attention is the late Renaissance in the 16th century – Mannerism – when the Roman Emperor Rudolf II ruled the Czech lands. From this period, We have been studying dance reconstruction of choreographic records from this period according to the traditions of the famous dance masters from Italy, Fabritia Carosa da Sermoneta and Cesare Negri Milanese, who was the teacher of the young Austrian prince, the future Emperor Rudolf. In the dance and theatrical program, we draw on the study of written and visual documents about life and festivities at the ruler’s and nobility courts,  which helps us to create the authentic atmosphere of each performance. Costume designs are based from preserved wall paintings, illuminated manuscripts, graphic sheets, or pictures of Renaissance painters. Reconstruction of each garment corresponds to the appearance of period materials and respects the production technology, including applications and hand embroidery. Regii Caroli regis is the organizer of many cultural events – concerts, educational programs, seminars and courses, historical festivals, parades and theater productions. The artistic director of the ensemble since 1997 is Mgr. Miroslav Smaha, art historian, professional dancer and choreographer.


The vocal instrumental ensemble Ludus musicus has been devoted to the interpretation of classical music for many years. It consists of graduates from various professional music and other art schools. Regularly works with a number of specialists in individual historical themes. Its work focuses on the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque. In an attempt to get closer to the history of music, we use a of copies of contemporary musical instruments and keep the demands of historically well-known interpretation.

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The content is spiritual and secular, vocal and purely instrumental. They are deliberately referred to as works of art well known and popular, as well as works that are forgotten in spite of their quality. The permanent effort of the ensemble is to present the repertoire played by the band during the reign of “His Imperial Grace” Rudolf II when he was in the heart of the Czech Kingdom in Prague. Thanks to our longstanding interest in this period, we have detailed knowledge of the composition, activities, level and contacts of the members of the court band. The artistic legacy they left behind is known both from the available historical sources and from the studies of contemporary music scholars. The artistic director of the ensemble is František Běhounek, a music teacher and a professional musician.