Newsletter from the Arts Institute-Theatre Institute in Prague, Czech Republic

 

b u l l e t i n  2/08

The newsletter for those interested in the world of Czech Theatre

Published by the Arts Institute – Theatre Institute in Prague

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In this issue:

THEATRE / DRAMA                                                                                            click here

DANCE                                                                                                                   click here

PUPPET THEATRE                                                                                             click here

EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE                                                                             click here

OTHER NEWS                                                                                                      click here

FESTIVALS                                                                                                           click here

THEATRE / DRAMA

Prague's Theatre Crisis

– M. Ljubková

The situation of financing of Prague theatres (and other cultural venues and events) has been difficult and unclear for a year, but this spring, the situation reached its peak. Click here.

The Accomplice (Der Mitmacher/Komplic) or They're Coming Even More Corrupt Than Before…

– K. Černá

F. Dürrenmatt´s play Der Mitmacher  was recently staged at the Theatre on the Balustrade in Prague – a reflection of the current political situation in the Prague cultural community. Click here.

How to Stage Einstein

– K. Černá

Last year´s Talent of the Year Jiří Adámek staged a new production – "Indian at Risk" – at the HaTheatre in Brno – exploring Einstein´s Theory of Relativity. Click here.

DANCE

Two New Ballet Productions of Libor Vaculík

R. Vašek

After a long silence, leading Czech choreographer Libor Vaculík returned to the ballet stages with two new pieces The Bloody Lady of Čachtice at the J.K. Tyl Theatre in Pilsen and The Phantom of the Opera (Fantom opery) at the States Opera Prague. Click here.

2007 Ballet Awards

R. Vašek

Spring is generally the time in the Czech Republic when awards are given out for the best performances and ballet does not fall by the wayside with its presence in the prestigious Thálie and Philip Morris Ballet Flower Awards. Click here.

Ballet Romanticism of August Bournonville Finally in the Czech Repertoire

– R. Vašek

The latest addition to the National Theatre Ballet repertoire this season appeared during the evening of contemporary Czech choreography – the first work of Mats Ek, La Sylphide and the third act from Napoli. Click here.

Publication – The Methods of Expressive Dance

– J. Návratová

A new electronic publication by Eva Kröschlerová entitled The Methods of Expressive Dance. Click here.

New Concept for Contemporary Dance

– J. Návratová

A new association, Vision of Dance, was formed to improve the conditions of contemporary dance in the Czech Republic.

Click here.

Hidden Landscapes

– J. Návratová

The Dot504 Company teams up with Belgian choreographer to explore the primal world and the world of surrealism.

Click here.

PUPPET THEATRE

Puppet Theatre Highlights – At Home and Abroad

– N. Malíková

A brief look at the world of Czech puppet theatre: new puppet productions that return to the history of Czech puppet theatre, exhibitions, new literature, travelling puppet productions, and more. Click here.

EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE

The Saddest Circus in the World

– J. Návratová

The Krepkso creative team chose the extinct Dodo bird as the source of inspiration in their latest production. Their mysterious wildlife character represents a symbol of deep nostalgia, an irrevocable sorrow, using a dismal depth of idealised memories. Click here.

OTHER NEWS (Exhibitions, publications)

The PQ Continues on its World Tour and Issues a New Publication

– D. Pařízková

The exhibition of 30 photographs from the 11th PQ is a reminder of the world's largest exhibition of theatre design that took place in June 2007 in Prague and continues on its world tour. A new publication will also be available on June 3rd. Click here.

The Arts Institute – Theatre Institute Issues a New Catalogue/DVD of Recommended Theatre Productions

– D. Nixon –

The Czech Performance Collection – In the International Spotlight  is a catalogue and DVD of 37 productions suitable for touring activities. If you are interested in presenting Czech artists, contact us.

Click here.

Czech Theatre Magazine no. 24

– B. Topolová

The Czech Theatre magazine, containing highlights of the past theatre events and more information about leading personalities and theatres will be prepared before the end of the summer. Click here.

Analysis of Czech Theatre – 2001-2007

– M. Potůčková

The Czech centre of the International Theatre Institute Department prepared studies of the theatre seasons in the Czech Republic. More information about the past seasons can be found on the Info Sources portal of the Theatre.cz website. Click here.

FESTIVALS

Czech Theatre Showcase – Sept. 7-9 (Prague) and Sept. 10-14 (Pilsen)

– D. Nixon – 16627

Prepare yourself for the summer of festivals in and around the Czech Republic over the summer months. In September, the Arts Institute – Theatre Institute and the Theatre Festival Pilsen team up to present the 1st annual Czech Theatre Showcase. Click here.

Summer Festivals in 2008

– D. Nixon

Here is a list of festivals happening around the Czech Republic this Summer. For a complete list of festivals, check out the Theatre Institute festival database at www.theatre.cz/adresar Click here.

Editor:

Don Nixon

Contributors:

Jana Návratová: Experimental Theatre

Jana Navrátová, Roman Vašek: Dance

Kamila Černá: Theatre / Drama

Nina Malíková: Puppet Theatre

Consultants:

Mirka Potůčková

Marta Ljubková

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THEATRE CZ – Bulletin 1/08

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THEATRE – Click here

 

DANCE – Click Here

 

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FESTIVALS – Click here

 

OTHER NEWS (Exhibitions, etc) – Click Here

 

 

THEATRE / DRAMA

Ingmar Bergman: Saraband

– Kamila Černá

Jiří Pokorný recently staged Ingmar Bergman´s last text at the Theatre on the Balustrades in Prague, shaking up the interest of theatre critics. Pokorný has been awarded for his direction – as a director with a new vision, a new fantasy, and courage. Click here.

 

Oněgin from Ostrava

– Kamila Černá

Jan Mikulášek has recently drawn attention to himself with several important productions staged in the Moravian city of Ostrava as well as in Brno. This season, he has taken on the challenge to dramatise Pushkin´s Eugene Onegin (Evžen Oněgin) at the Petr Bezruč Theatre in Ostrava. Click here.

 

Two Classic Productions by Pitínský and Morávek

– Kamila Černá

Two of the Czech Republic's most outstanding artists of the "mid-generation" staged classic titles at two of Prague's largest theatres this season: The Grandmother by Božena Němcová at the National Theatre and The Cherry Orchard at the Theatre on Vinohrady. Click here.< /font>

 

DANCE

420people – New Czech Dance Company

– Roman Vašek

Two former dance performers from the Nederlands Dans Theater Nataša Novotná and Václav Kuneš teamed up with producer Ondřej Kotrč to create the new dance company 420people. The world premiere of their new projects recently took place in Brno and Prague. Click here.

 

A New Choreography about Power and Helplessness

– Jana Návratová

It seems that Dot504 has a very strong season ahead of themselves. After their remarkable Holdin´ Fast (choreography Jozef Fruček and Linda Kapetanea), the company presented their debut performance of Proposition by dancer Lenka Vagnerová at the Ponec Theatre. Click here.


Albert's Fears

– Jana Návratová

Another new successful production is the performance Albert's Fears (Albert se bojí) by performer Vojta Švejda recently presented at the Alfred ve dvoře Theatre. Švejda is a non-verbal performer whose specialty is not experimental theatre, but something that can be considered a stylized "exercise". Click here.

 

PUPPET THEATRE

Puppet Theatre Highlights – At Home and Abroad

– Nina Malíková

A brief look at the world of Czech puppet theatre – changes at VyšeHratky festival in Prague, a new artistic director in Most, and the successful puppet exhibit in Tolosa returns to Brno. Click here.

 

FESTIVALS

Spring Festivals in 2008

– Don Nixon

The Czech Dance Platform, Four Days in Motion and the Prague Fringe Festival are three festivals that you will want to mark in your diaries. Click here.

 

OTHER NEWS

New Director for the Arts Institute – Theatre Institute

Don Nixon

On March 1st, 2008, the Arts Institute – Theatre Institute will have a new Director – Pavla Petrová, from the Ministry of Culture – Department of Arts and Libraries. Click here

 

Web changes – Theatre Institute and Theatre.cz

Don Nixon

The Theatre Institute has updated its website and the Theatre.cz  to provide you with more information about Czech theatre, including a weekly update of information. Click here.

 

Exhibitions

– Don Nixon

The Arts Institute – Theatre Institute is currently touring the world with exhibits documenting Czech and world theatre: The PQ in PhotosUSA and Mexico, Stage Interpretations of the Plays of Václav Havel – Poland. Click here.

 

 

Editor:

Don Nixon

 

Contributors:

Don Nixon:

Jana Návratová, Roman Vašek: Dance and Experimental Theatre

Kamila Černá, Marta Ljubková: Theatre / Drama

Josef Herman: Opera

Nina Malíková: Puppet Theatre

Pavel Vokatý: Webmaster

 

Consultants:

Marta Ljubková

Mirka Potůčková

 

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Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre

 

HAMLET WITH MARIONETTES ON AN ANTIQUE CAROUSEL
Recommended for audiences aged 8 to 108.

Deborah Beshaw as Gertrude, Queen of Denmark; Nat Cassidy as Hamlet, on Jane's Carousel, DUMBO, Brooklyn. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.

To share its 1997-2002 hit with a larger audience, Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater will revive its distinctive production of "Hamlet, Prince of Denmark," directed by Vit Horejs and Pavel Dobrusky, from November 1 to 25, 2007 on Jane's Carousel, 56 Water Street (DUMBO), Brooklyn. In its debut year, the production earned accolades at The Vineyard 26 Theatre and Karagoz International Festival in Bursa, Turkey. It was revived in 2002 at Jan Hus Playhouse, 351 E 74th Street, Manhattan, but it has not since been performed in New York. It features a cast of five actors and scores of marionettes and stages the play's famous soliloquies as musical songs.

The initial 1997 jewel box production of this "Hamlet" introduced hundreds of New Yorkers to Czech puppetry, inspired a Time Magazine article and filled the Vineyard's 26th Street Theatre with audiences of all ages. At the time, Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater was regarded as a "rising star" theater company; but its ingenuity and conceptual skill were not as widely recognized as they were after its La MaMa production of "Golem" was chosen for the 1998 Jim Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater and "Rusalka, the Little Rivermaid" (1999) filled La MaMa's large Annex Theater for both its opening run and return engagement.

The play is directed by Vit Horejs and Pavel Dobrusky. Josh Adler and Nat Cassidy will alternate as Hamlet. The other performers are Deborah Beshaw, Vit Horejs and Theresa Linnihan. Costumes are by Magdalena Vavakova and Theresa Linnihan. The set is the carousel. Additional set and lighting design are by Pavel Dobrusky.

http://www.czechmarionettes.org/

 

The Autumn 2007 Theatre.cz Newsletter

The newsletter for those interested in the world of Czech Theatre and Dance

Published by the Theatre Institute in Prague

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In this issue:

THEATRE / DRAMA  

The New Trial at the Komedie Theatre

– Jana Patočková

When the Komedie Theatre in Prague considers new works for its repertoire, it primarily concentrates on contemporary Czech, Austrian or German plays. Dušan Pařízek takes a risk with his adaptation of Franz Kafka´s The Trial. Click here.

Sophocles Antigone at the National Theatre in Brno

– Kamila Černá

Martin Čičvak continues his production work at the National Theatre with the a unique adaptation of a Greek classic. Click here.

The Unfinished Opera of a Czech Dramatist

– Kamila Černá

Jiří Pokorný´s new production at the Theatre on the Balustrades uses various genres of music to parody the current state of society.Click here.

DANCE

Solo for Three: Vysotský, Brél and Kryl

– Roman Vašek

The last premiere of the Prague National Ballet last season, entitled Solo for Three, combines three charismatic songwriters: Jacqued Brél, Vladimír Vysotský and Karel Kryl. Click here.

2007/08 Season in Czech Ballet

– Roman Vašek

Well-established Czech authors will lead the many premieres that are scheduled to take place this dance season. In addition, debuts of Czech choreographers and international artists such as Mats Ek will be some of the season´s highlights. Click here.

PUPPET THEATRE

Puppet Theatre Highlights – At Home and Abroad

< span style="font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; font-family: Arial">– Nina Malíková

A brief look at the world of Czech puppet theatre – the threat of closing the Museum of Puppet Cultures in Chrudím, festivals, exhibitions and more. Click here.

OTHER NEWS

A List of Autumn Festivals coming your Way

– Don Nixon

The Spectaculo Interresse and the One Flew Over the Puppeteer´s Nest are just two of the highlights this fall. A complete list of festivals is available on line. Click here.

Prague Quadrennial Publication Clearinghouse

– Don Nixon

After the success of the Prague Quadrennial, we are making available those publications to those interested in scenography and Czech theatre design, but were unable to attend the PQ. Click here.

Editor:

Don Nixon

Contributors:

Sodja Lotker, Don Nixon: Experimental Theatre

Jana Navrátová, Roman Vašek: Dance

Kamila Černá: Theatre / Drama

Nina Malíková: Puppet Theatre

Pavel Vokatý: Webmaster

Consultants:

Mirka Potůčková

theatre.cz bulletin is published 4X annually, CArts Institute – Theatre Institute Prague, 2007.

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Theatre.Czech

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In this issue:

NEWSclick here

THEATRE / DRAMAclick here

OPERAclick here

 

DANCEclick here

PUPPET THEATREclick here

EXHIBITIONSclick here

THEATRE / DRAMA  

The Black Hole in the Dejvice Theatre

– Kamila Černá

The artistic ensemble of the Dejvice Theatre team up for another winning production – The Black Hole. Click here.

 

A New Play by Milan Uhde

– Kamila Černá

The latest play written by one of the Czech Republic´s important cultural personalities Milan Uhde, premiered at the theatre on the Balustrade in Prague on March 9.Click here.

Chekhov in Ostrava

– Kamila Černá

Productions of Chekhov plays were very popular and successful at the OST-RA-VAR Festival in Ostrava..Click here.

OPERA

Opera in the Czech Republic

-Lenka Šaldová

Opera and musical productions were in great abundance this Spring: Miloš Forman´s production of A Walk Worthwhile at the National Theatre, Chalk Circle at the National Theatre of Moravia-Silesia and Cyrano de Bergerac in České Budějovice. Click here.

DANCE

Czech Dance Platform – A Feast for those Hungry for New Dance

– Jana Návratová

This spring's largest dance event was the 13th Annual Czech Dance Platform. Twenty dance pieces competed for the traditional prize – the Sazka Award for the "dance discovery". Click here.

Ballet Version of Peer Gynt loosely based on Ibsen

– Roman Vašek

The Ballet Company in Pilsen premiered Peer Gynt to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the death of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Jiří Kyselák was the choreographer. Click here.


European Stars Light Up Swan Lake

– Roman Vašek

After an imaginary competition with the ballet division of the National Theatre, the State Opera entered the dance scene with their premiere of Swan Lake. Prague spectators could choose between two different productions of the same title. Click here.

PUPPET THEATRE

Puppet Theatre Highlights – At Home and Abroad

Nina Malíková

A brief look at the world of Czech puppet theatre -The Three Musketeers on the road, UNIMA updates and more. Click here.

EXHIBITIONS

Biggest and Best – in Fact the Only One of Its Kind – PQ 2007 – < font face="Arial" size="2">June 14 to 24, 2007

– Don Nixon

The Prague Quadrennial International Competitive Exhibition of Scenography and theatre Architecture gets underway on June 14th! Close to 6000 guests have already registered to see the exhibits, performances, and lectures from close to 60 countries. Click here.

Exhibitions – Many Genres, Many Galleries

– Don Nixon

To join the celebrations of the Prague Quadrennial exhibition, two scenographic exhibitions will take place in Prague, puppet exhibitions in Finland and Chrudim. Click here.

OTHER NEWS

Arts Institute – Theatre Institute

– Eva Žáková

In April 2007, in accordance to the proposal made by the Theatre Institute, the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic has amended the statue of the Theatre Institute with an appendix to include a name change to the organization which will no longer be called the Theatre Institute, but will now be called: The Arts Institute – Theatre Institute. Click here.

 

Alfréd Radok Awards

– Kamila Černá

The Alfréd Radok Awards are handed out annually by the Alfréd Radok Foundation based on the results of a survey conducted by The World and Theatre magazine. Click here.

 

Thalia Awards

– Kamila Černá

Each year the Actors Associations hands out the Thalia Awards in recognition of exceptional performances in the arts. Click here.

Editor:

Don Nixon

Contributors:

Sodja Lotker, Don Nixon: Experimental Theatre

Jana Navrátová, Roman Vašek: Dance

Jan Kerbr, Kamila Černá: Theatre / Drama

Lenka Šaldová: Opera

Nina Malíková: Puppet Theatre

Pavel Vokatý: Webmaster

Consultants:

Mirka Potůčková

Vlasta Smoláková

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