In this edition I stepped out to Divadlo Ypsilon, a more melodic name than its English counterpart Theatre "Y". It has been in existence since 1963 and last week the theatre celebrated its 40th anniversary where actors from the company put on an informal performance. Snippets from the theatre's repertoire were played for the occasion exhibiting the versatility and the musicality of all the performers. I spoke with Jan Jiran who has been a resident actor and musical director at Divaldo Ypsilon for almost twenty years. He describes the theatre as
In this week's Arts, Dita Asiedu visits an exhibition of portraits drawn and painted by Jewish artist Emil Orlik featuring personalities such as Tomas Garrigue Masaryk and Albert Einstein. We also look at a festival organised by the National Theatre, introducing music and theatre companies of the Czech Republic's minorities...
When Caryl Churchill's Top Girls was first performed in Britain in the early 1980s, it caused quite a stir. Written when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister of Britain, the play raised many uncomfortable questions about where the feminist movement was heading at the time, and how women were adapting to their changing role in society. Now, over 20 years later, the play is being staged for the first time in the Czech Republic. Caryl Churchill herself was in the country at the weekend to mark the occasion.
Since Stepping Out began last year we've tried to profile some of the most interesting and attractive venues in Prague - as well as the acts that play them. This week I decided to concentrate above all on the act. An evening performance by English-language theatre troupe TNT - a new production of Charles Dickens' famous Oliver Twist, arriving for eighteen performances.
President Klaus' growing popularity, unemployment reaching an all time high and continuing controversy over the government's fiscal reform - those are the main stories on today' s front pages. The papers also report on clean up operations on Czech roads in the wake of a damaging windstorm and the heightened number of accidents caused by bad weather.
This coming Sunday, February 15th, marks the 80th anniversary of the birth of Jiri Slitr near the town of Semily in north Bohemia. Slitr was a man of many talents: he was a singer, pianist, composer and actor, as well as a qualified lawyer. His main love was jazz, and in his mid 20s he helped set up a group called the Czechoslovak Dixieland Jazz Band.
In this week's edition of the Arts, Dita Asiedu we'll be looking at a presentation of Czech culture that is part of the International Cultural Festival of Candidate Countries to the EU currently taking place in Budapest, and two exhibitions in Prague that have been extended due to public interest...
The news that former president Vaclav Havel has failed to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize came too late for Friday's papers of course - although several commentators do ponder over Mr Havel's presidential career and falling popularity at home. Also making headlines today - the current president, Vaclav Klaus, invited by Ombudsman Otakar Motejl to explain his recent scathing attack on the institution.
I'm joined today by Katerina Winterova (27), who is an actress at the National Theatre in Prague. She also sings with the critically acclaimed band Ecstasy of St Theresa, and last year was named female singer of the year at the Czech music industry's Andel awards. Katerina, could I first ask if you remember the first time you ever performed on a stage?
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