This January, a number of theater and dance troupes from the Czech Republic participated in an annual international APAP performing arts festival in New York City. The Czech Centre in New York hosted all of the Czech performances this year, for the second year in a row, at their Bohemian Hall space in Manhattan. In this week’s Arts, we spoke to the director of the Czech Centre in New York, Pavla Niklová, about organizing the performances for APAP, how some of the pieces resonated with a New York audience, and what Czech theater companies can bring
If Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath and Ivana Trump were locked up together in one room, what would happen? In the world of theatre, anything is possible, and in Radka Denemarková’s “Spací vady“ (Sleeping Disorders) this is exactly what happens. David Vaughan talks to the author about her remarkable play.
At least five people (possibly six) were injured in an accident during a matinee performance at Prague’s Kalich Theatre on Saturday when a cable, holding actor Jan Kříž, snapped. The actor was injured when he fell into the seats, as well as four in the audience, two men and two women, one of them seriously. All five were treated in hospital. Reports say a six-year-old boy was also hurt but was taken home by his grandmother. The emergency services have appealed to the family to have a doctor look at the child. The spokesman for the theatre, Jaroslav Panenka, said the cable in question had been used in 200 performances prior to the accident. Police are investigating the incident and the cable itself will be assessed by experts. Attendees of the show received refunds while the evening performance was modified.
Fifty historic palaces, towers, churches and other monuments in Prague are open to the public free of charge this weekend as the city marks the 20th anniversary of its inclusion of UNESCO’s list of world heritage. People can visit, among other sites, the Bethlehem Chapel, the Pinkas Synagogue and the Old Town tower at Charles Bridge, the National and the Estates Theatres, the Emauzy Convent. Some of the sites however require visitors to make a reservation.
The BBC comedy series The Office has been sold to more than 80 countries around the world, and local versions have been made in the United States, France, Germany, Chile, Israel and Sweden. But there’s never been a stage version – until now that is. Last weekend Prague’s Municipal Theatre saw the première of Kancl, the world’s first ever stage adaptation of the cult series. Rob Cameron spoke to Office star and co-creator Ricky Gervais, and asked him for his reaction.
Three theatre groups from Prague, Budapest and London joined forces last year to create a multidisciplinary project called home:scape. Combining interviews, blog entries and a multimedia theatre performance the creators looked at the theme of home, trying to find out what defines that ambiguous concept for different people – those who had lived in one place their whole lives, and those who are in constant flux. I asked Jonathan Kennedy, the executive director of one of the theatre troupes - Tara Arts in London –how the idea for the project came
The head of the National Theatre Ondřej Černý was allegedly dismissed for poor financial management. At a press conference in Prague on Tuesday Deputy Culture Minister Martin Sankot said Mr. Černý had failed to draft a satisfactory 2013 budget on the funds earmarked for the theatre. Earlier Minister Alena Hanáková said the theatre head was being dismissed because she was not happy with the pace of the ongoing merger of the National Theatre and the Prague State Opera. Petitions are being signed in support of the director and the theatre’s management has called for the culture minister’s dismissal.
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Screenshot: a hybrid English-friendly Prague art-house cinema where screenings are events