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IMAGE THEATRE - S ČESKÝM DIVADLEM NA CESÁCH PO CELÉM SVĚTĚ


Image, divadlo vzniklé po sametové revoluci z nadšení Evy Asterové a Alexandra Čihaře, se rozrostlo v organismus na jehož fungování nyní pracuje několik desítek  lidí. Divadlo existuje od počátku bez státní podpory a hraje denně nejen na české scéně, ale stále častěji cestuje i do různých zemí světa, od Německa, Maďarska, Belgie, Řecka, Izraele až po Korei, Čínu nebo Spojené Arabské Emiráty. Během posledních deseti let uspořádalo více než čtyřicet takových cest se stovkami představení. Jak takové zájezdy vznikají, jaké jsou reakce jiných kultur na českou divadelní specialitu jakou je černé divadlo? A jaké si z nich divadlo přivezlo zkušenosti?

Organizace zahraničního divadelního zájezdu je poměrně náročná činnost, vyžadující mnohdy velké dávky kompromisů a diplomacie. Přestože Divadlo Image dostává mnoho nadšených pozvání od organizátorů různých zahraničních festivalů, realita bývá mnohem pragmatičtější. Pokud je ale zájem opravdový, málokterá překážka je tak velká, aby zabránila uspořádání zájezdu. Flexibilita tak umožnila hraní ve velmi rozdílných podmínkách od kongresových hal, místních kin až po řecký amfiteátr. Jedno z nejkrásnějších divadel ve kterém hostovalo divadlo Image bylo prý Maďarské divadlo Thalia v Budapešti, ale nezadal si s ním ani Athénský Coronet theatre, Israelské Petih Tikva, nebo divadlo v Jeruzalémě, kde se v poslední den zájezdu vyprodaly dvě představení v sále pro tisíc lidí.
Divadlo jezdí tradičně do Řecka, kde působí jak delší dobu v jednom divadle, tak i cestuje po ostatních městech. Na posledním turné v roce 2005 odehrálo i množství představení pro děti. Dětské reakce bývají mnohem upřímnější a spontánnější a tak i zábavnější a zajímavější pro herce samotné, i když zrovna řecké dětské publikum by se dalo přirovnat spíše k vybuchující bombě.
Častou destinací divadla Image bývá i Izrael, kde se kromě jiných projektů jednou za dva roky účastní s novým repertoárem mezinárodního tanečního festivalu ve městě Karmiel. K překvapení souboru se stále objevují noví diváci, i když se zdá, že jejich představení již musela vidět celá Israelská kulturní populace.
Zájezdovou novinkou však v minulém roce bylo hostování na prestižnm  XVII Festivalu de Artes v čínském městě Macau, kde divadlo Image representovalo českou současnou divadelní tvorbu. I zde byly uspořádány divadelní semináře/představení pro školní děti. Jejich reakce však byly naprosto odlišné od těch řeckých. Disciplína je jim vštěpována již od ranného věku. Přišli zcela spořádaně posadili se do tureckého sedu pravidelně jeden za druhým. A přestože na nich bylo vidět, jak moc by rády, nedovolily se posunout ani o kousek a by lépe viděly přes hlavu svého spolužáka.

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Image theatre černé divadlo

 

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Description from Image theatre

The Image theatre integrates modern dance and non-verbal acting with black light theatre effects. Under the hand of Eva Asterová, the theatre's artistic director, Image seeks to produce an individual look of at a scene’s signature. The audience also often becomes an integral part of the performance. Magic poetics, playfulness, and humor are the most important trademarks of this ensemble.
The repertory of the Image theatre is composed mainly of its own devised works. Apart from Eva Asterová – director, scenarist, choreographer - the other members of the ensemble include Josef Tichý, Petr Liška, René Pyš and Michal Hecht. The music is original, created mostly by Zdeněk Zdeněk, the music director of the theatre.
The Image theatre has 13 years experience in Prague’s black light theatres scene. Apart from regular performances in Prague, Image also performs internationally. This year the company travelled to Korea and Greece, and previous tours have included Germany, Israel, Greece, Turkey, France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Hungary, Slovakia, Cyprus, and dance festivals in Korean Seoul and Israelic Karmiel.

Image theatre is occasionally invited to cooperate in shooting TV programs and special projects such as the Roncalli show in Frankfurt’s opera, a 4 month engagement in Berlin’s Wintergarten theatre, a trade show of NATO army equipment in Nitra, a 1 month show at Dusseldorf’s Apollo theatre, and at Munich’s olympic hall. Many other prestigious events in Prague and abroad have been graced by performances of the Image Theatre.

http://prague.tv/prague/arts/theatres/image

 

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IMAGE THEATRE IN MACAU

1. What does this performance in Macao mean to you and your company?

It is a wonderful new experience for us. We are first time performing in China. We are looking for getting to know your country, audience and meeting with interesting people.

2. What have you heard of Macau? What do you expect to find?
Macau is in our country but also in Europe not so well known country. We know, that is is connected with Portugese history. We expect less busy life, than in neighbouring Honk Kong. We heard about comparison to Las Vegas.

3. Your company is independent but what distinguishes it from other companies of the same nature? What I am asking is what makes it different and a special project in your opinion?

The independency brings the necessity to ensure resources to own activity, but on the other hand it gives you freedom in artistic creating. The difference form other theatres is in connecting many different art fields – dance, nonverbal theatre, technique of black theatre and original music. Performances are comedies created on contemporary themes, so it is an author theatre.

4. You started as a group of artists that got together to do exactly the projects you were passionate about. How different is the methodology of work of the beginning and now? How come were you able to grow as an organization and maintain the same independent spark?

The company originated actually for one specific event – a festival of clowns in France. What I only knew at the beginning was that I want to present a ballet in some different, not in classic form and bring joyful themes to the spectators. I like the freedom of author creating. I cooperate also with some actors from our theatre. I´m surrounded with great actors and dancers, what is really important for working on new pieces and for a good mood in company. Behind the present situation, when spectators are visiting us every day in Prague and simultaneously we arrange dozen more tours around the world, is also everyday patient 16 yeas lasting work of both creative team and management.

5. This theatre company was founded by a choreographer and a musician. Dance and music are the most important arts in the work of this company?

I thing that is so, but all this would not have its character without possibilities, which are given to us through the technique of the black theatre. The balanced integrity of all these parts is what we always want to achieve.

6. Can you please describe the show you are bringing to Macau? As I see it is a group of the best moments of your shows. Can you please explain what the links of those sketches are and how you made it as a whole? I believe if they are the best they are probably demanding for the performers. Did you look for a balance of the show in terms of that?

For Macau we prepared performance The Best od Image. This performance is transforming over the years. Every time we add some new successful parts from the other performances. It is something like a profile of our past and contemporary production. The art is a special category of human activity. Not always is true, that the more demanding, the better the result is. Sometimes good idea is much more. But the technical presentment can lead the idea into a impressive image.

7. What kind of illusions do you show on stage? While answering can you please let me know what the highlight of the show is or please let me know some of the best moments?

For our illusions we do not use any very special technical equipment. Everything it performed by actors. Some of the most popular ones are flying of actors and things and variety of optical illusions. Everything is based on the possibility to mystify the human eye. My favourite part is called Halfpeople, but everybody has its own taste. I thing, that different spectators will find their highlights in different parts of the performance.

8. I believe your show has a lot of interactivity with the audience. Can you please explain how that interactivity is?

In Prague we play four different performances and in each of them, there is another kind of interactivity with the audience. For Macau we prepared the part called  “Their inside”  but  I will not say more.

9. What kind of arts do you join in the same show? What is the biggest goal of your company in an artistic point of view?

Our theatre, as it was said is consist of modern dance, nonverbal theatre and the technique of the black theatre. A very important part is played also with art impress and original music. Through this form we would like to engage the spectator and at least for a while to pull him into our world, where he is free from the everyday worries.

10. Black theatre has its roots in China. Is this your first performance in China? How do you expect the public to react to this “adaptation” of an art form they know very well? In what way do you think it will be surprising for them?

Yes, we will perform for the first time here.  We are curious for the audience and how they will react. When we went to Korea, we were afraid that the Koreans will not understand our way of humour. But at the end the audience was fantastic. We hope that we can bring something new also for the audience in Macau.

11. Inwhat way is your show connected to the Czech tradition, culture and art? What are the elements that identify that? Are people able to spot that immediately?

The Czech tradition in black theatre is also relatively well known. It´s origin is dated into fifties-sixties, when the Czech black theatre came on the stage around the whole world. But also the pantomime, which forms an important part of the Image theatre has a long tradition in our country.

12. Do you think audiences around the world react differently to your shows? How come (can you please illustrate your answer with a story of some feedback you had after or during a show)?

We do not thing that the audience all over the word reacts identically, but according to our experiences very similar. For example, once we had in our theatre a big group of visitors from Israel. In that performance there was a fictional bomb under the chair discovered with the actor. In one second everybody from this group was laying under the seats, while the visitors from the other countries were sitting quietly.

13. Can you tell me how many people are involved in this show?

Yes, of course. The performance is played with 5 dancers, one actor in black, two pantomimes, one sound and light technician and two spotlight technicians.

14. Technically and in terms of production, how demanding is it? Is there any novelty in terms of scenery, lights, sounds and image projection on stage? (I wonder if there are groundbreaking aspects)

The performances are very demanding for the actors. They have to be professional and versatile talented dancers. They can not make any fault in the performance, because it could also cause some danger accident. Some parts, on the first view very demanding, are in fact relatively easy. And sometimes is it on the contrary. Every new performance has to surprise the spectators with something new. We are searching for some new materials, technical tricks and dancing figures to support your goals even more. We also use projection, but not in such a breaking way. From every new premiere we expect to be better than the previous one.

 

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QUESTIONS FOR THE IMAGE THEATRE – GREEK TOURNE


1) What brought the artists of the Image Black Theatre together? What inspired them to look into the Black Theatre as a form of art in the first place?

The origin of the Image theatre is adherent with its creators - a couple of artists (dancer Eva Ciharova and musician Alexander Cihar).The other artists were co- opted continuously.It was partly an itch to create in terms of black theatre and modern dance and partly a circumstantial offer to play on a festival in France.Black Light theatre makes possibility to the authors, actors and dancers to enter to the world of imagination and magic. Our intention is to evoke the atmosphere of fantasy with ambition to drag the audience to this world.

2) What shows have they presented so far? Have they ever felt that they repeated themselves in their performances and why?

Within the period of the Image Theatre existence we prepared and presented about 10 different performances. We created our specific style, consisted of the modern dance in the black light and of nonverbal acting. Image theatre will probably keep this schema in the future, because we found it as an ideal. But who knows, what can come tomorrow. Of course, that the creators have sometimes the feeling, that they repeat some things, usually because the character of the black theatre. But the more they feel it, the more they try to find some new ways.

3) What are the chief characteristics of the Black Theatre as an art form? Which are the limits of this kind of expression? It is considered mostly as the most prominent and popular Czeck form of art…

The main characteristic of the black theatre as we understand it is a fantasy without limits. But of course, that there are many. From technique to the limits of 3-D space. Our intention is to get further through them in every new performance.The black light theatre art is just one part of Czech culture creation. Czech history as well as the present is rich in all artistic genres, as from the classic and modern music or dance as the visual arts, theatre, movie and last avant-garde creation of contemporary artists. It this flood of culture the black theatre couldn’t be the prominent part, but it could be on of the favorite ones.

4) What is the “Fiction” Performance about? I repeat the annotation from our promotional materials:

Two fools on a journey through the universe experience incredible meetings with enigmas, danger, horror and beauty. Isn’t the universe in our heads, however, much more mysterious, baffling, dangerous and beautiful? It is certainly just as infinite. Our minds are full of fantasy and our unique thoughts are then this is probably the most valuable thing we posses.  We must not allow ourselves to be deprived of our ideas, perceptions and dreams. We must not permit the standardization of our thoughts. It is precisely the fact that we are all different that unites us. If you still do not know, what it is about, than I can just say, that you will be surprised.

 

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Image Theatre black theatre

Image Theatre black theatre

Image Theatre black theatre

 

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Image Theatre black theatre

Image Theatre black theatre

Image Theatre black theatre

Image Theatre black theatre

 

Das Theater bietet ein wirklich umfangreiches und abwechslungsreiches Programm. Die Vorstellungen umfassen die gesamte Märchenwelt, das klassisches Theater aber auch Konzerte werden unter dem "schwarzen Licht" aufgeführt. Man wird in ein zauberhaftes Universum entführt und leider sind die Vorstellungen immer viel zu schnell vorbei (Spieldauer circa 70-90 Minuten). Die Reihen sind immer sehr gut gefüllt und wer das Glück hatte, in der ersten Reihe Platz zu finden, wird auch schonmal durch die Künstler in das Programm einbezogen.

Leider sind die Besucherränge auf eine Art von kleinen Podesten untergebracht und so kann es schonmal passieren, dass man im Dunkeln im Nichts tappst, wenn man während der Vorstellung auf Toilette muss. Es ist wirklich finster wie die Nacht und man sieht nur ein wenig Licht am Ausgang. Ich bin deswegen schonmal 3 Stufen runtergestürzt und schrammte mir das Schienbein auf. Natürlich war es mir sehr peinlich, auf diese Weise die Vorstellung zu stören, aber ich hatte nunmal die Kante weder gesehen, noch gefühlt. Gottseidank konnte niemand meinen roten Kopf im Dunkeln sehen, als ich wieder aufkrabbelte. Aber die Leute reagierten verstört und sauer mit "Pst" usw.; was ich auch verstehen kann.

Sehr empfehlenswert ist die Galerie des Theaters im ersten Stock. Dort kann man sich nach einer Vorstellung über die Geschichte dieser einzigartigen Theaterform informieren.

Sicher ist nicht jede Vorstellung ein Highlight und das Ensemble wechselt regelmäßig und so kann es sein, dass man schonmal auf ein unerfahrenes Team stößt und die Vorführung nicht zu 100% gelungen ist. Trotzdem sollte man sich das Theater und seiner Märchenwelt nicht entgehen lassen. Gerade, wenn man müde ist vom Schlendern entlang den vielen Sehenswürdigkeiten, bietet dieses Theater Platz sich zu erholen und zu entspannen.

Das Theater im Zentrum der Stadt ist sehr einfach zu finden: es ist in einer Seitenstraße vom Altstädter Ring gelegen. Auf der Ecke der Straße findet man das Grand Hotel Praha.

Ilonka M. Liska für www.trivago.de

http://www.trivago.de/prag-42695/theater-oper/black-light-theater-14466/bewertung-o123886

 

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Image Theatre black theatre

Image Theatre black theatre

Image Theatre black theatre

Image Theatre black theatre


Image Theatre black theatre

Image Theatre black theatre

Image Theatre black theatre

  

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La alquimia de la República Checa

 

Para el final del paseo, y de esta crónica, el Teatro Negro ofreció una de las mejores sorpresas. La labor realizada por el teatro IMAGE de Alexander Cihar y Eva Asterová es, simplemente, deslumbrante. El vestuario, la pantomima y, principalmente, una labor que introduce al público de manera definitiva en la acción, contribuyen a la diversidad visual del espectáculo.

Mejor fortuna no podíamos tener al presenciar Studio Clip, una obra que –con fino humor– narra las peripecias de un director al momento de rodar una película de terror.

Al trabajar no sólo en los planos verticales sino también con los de carácter horizontal, la sensación envolvente domina a la platea junto con recursos muy logrados, que generan deslumbramiento y risas por igual.

La labor de esta compañía se entronca en una tradición que, con la ayuda de las nuevas tecnologías y diferentes puestas escénicas,revaloriza de manera definitiva la lejana y sorprendente historia de este arte del simulacro. Una despedida que, por más de una razón, reclama un necesario reencuentro.

 

Pablo De Vita
Revista Criterio
Buenos Aires - Argentina

 

El autor es crítico de cine. Integra el Consejo Directivo de la Asociación de Cronistas Cinematográficos y es investigador del Instituto de Artes del Espectáculo de la UBA. Premio al mejor periodista de cultura y sociedad por parte de la Embajada de Italia en Buenos Aires.

http://www.revistacriterio.com.ar/cultura/la-alquimia-de-la-republica-checa/

 

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Image Theatre black theatre

 

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Image Theatre black theatre

Image Theatre black theatre

 

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Image Theatre black theatre

Image Theatre black theatre

Image Theatre black theatre

Image Theatre black theatre

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Image Theatre black theatre

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