Since its foundation in 1961, Black
Light Theatre of Prague has been among the best known representatives of the
Czech dramatic art in the world Already in 1959, the group performed in Vienna
for the ﬁrst
time. The ensemble achieved international reputation there. However, the
ensemble really debuted at a festival of theatre in Edinburgh in 1962.The
performance in front of a sold-out arena, where the festival took place, was
awarded by tumultuous ovation and it opened the way to the Black Light Theatre
Prague of Jiří
Srnec to renowned theatre scenes of the whole world. By now, the performances
of the Black Light Theatre have been seen by more than 5,5 million of people in
80 countries of the world.
The principle with which the
founder and artistic director of the ensemble, Jiri Srnec, endowed the theatre was
based on a new creative exploitation of a simple trick, the so-called “black
cabinet”, in which actors dressed in black with props cannot be seen by viewers
against black background. Therefore, the props and all the objects become able
to move herewith and they seem to live their own unique lives..
The Black Light Theatre consists of young dynamic
artists -dancers, actors and mimes, presenting actually “Antologia –The Best
Of“– the scetches selection of BLT historical performances as The
flying Bicycle, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan or White Pierrot in Black.
They say “You will learn what your underwear is doing when you are not looking. We
will demonstrate that street lamps can be human’s most dangerous foes We will
persuade you that animals are much more intelligent than you may have thought
Simply, get ready that with us nothing is how you would expect it to be“.
The “Antologia” is a non
verbal show full of witty humour, dance and black light theatre skill and will
put you in a good mood and return the spectator into the world of the poetry of
a dream, into the fantastic wonders of childhood.
Some of the critics
surrealistic world created by Jiří
Srnec and his talented actors and illusionists seems to be only a step from the
world created by Hieronymus Bosch years ago, and by Salvator Dali, Max Ernst
and Picabia not that long ago. It is a world of dreams … Black Light Theatre
Prague must be seen and perceived. It provides a unique and changeable
experience to those who yield to its strange power.
light theatre is agile and fascinating, in particular in short sketches when
eleven actors and their invisible colleagues move with silent joy through the
strange world of Srnec´s dreams. It worthy seeing it because their performance
is a unique playground of absurdity without a compromise.
of the magic on the stage, playfulness and relaxing imagination.
Light Theatre Prague can be called the most original stage organisation in the
world and I do not know how one could deny this statement.