The director Jiří Adámek (1975) belongs to the most significant personalities of Czech alternative theatre. He graduated from the Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre of the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU), where he also finished his dissertation Acting in Experimental Theatre Théatre Musical, which was also published as a book titled Théâtre musical. In his production Tiká tiká politika (Tics Tics Politics), Klikněte na video (Click on the Video), Z knihy džunglí (From the Jungle Book), Evropané (Europeans) or The Changemakers he focuses on the development of authorial musical theatre. He has been nominated for the Alfréd Radok Award several times.

When choosing three outstanding theatre personalities, I took into account the authenticity and inovation of their theatre language which breaks ranks with the predominant stream of both drama theatre and „kind“ alternative theatre. Their authorial attitude resigning from existing ideals or literary originals fascinates me as well. I am captivated by changeable grouping of Handa Gote and their free and open approach to a theatre form using recycled lo-fi technologies and techniques that negate all expensive effects and technologies. The director Jiří Adámek is exceptional due to his precisely conceived and in essence very modest version of original music theatre. The director Petra Tejnorová offers an authorial language coming out both from a sphere of so-called documentary theatre and a collective production changeable in styles and genres. Tejnorová indulges in not getting to the end, limit physical actions and often brutal scenes.

Lukáš Jiřička



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