Organized by Arts and Theatre Institute/Czech ASSITEJ Centre, Association for Theatre for children and young people, Association for creative drama
Supported by Prague City Hall
Children, take your parents to the theatre! Stories from the life of little Nicholas and his friends. (For children from 7+).
„No banquet lasts for ever, but the love of two people knows no end. Freely inspired by a Chinese folk tale.“
The production will provide a glimpse into a literature that is for us exotic and a little mysterious, as well as into a fascinating Asian theatrical culture, the principles of which have over the past hundred years also exercised a notable influence over the development of modern European theatre. Our encounter with them is mediated by a distinguished guest, one of the most notable Czech directors of the middle generation, Jan Antonín Pitínský. (For children10+)
Surviving your own adolescence is no fun. What if your dad happens to be king? And what if he’s murdered by your uncle? And what if your mum is sharing a bed with that same uncle? One morning you wake up, open your eyes and realise that you are surrounded by hypocrisy, unbridled ambition, narrow-mindedness and duplicity. No wonder you start asking yourself bizarre questions (“To be or not to be?”).
Luckily, as well as all these repulsive people in your vicinity, there is also a rather amazing girl. What’s more, it looks as if she might even – in her own sort of way – be interested in you… But getting close to her is pretty difficult. And so you find yourself gradually falling deeper and deeper into chaos…
This darkly grotesque musical about growing up is based on one of the pillars of world drama – Hamlet, William Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy. (For children and youth)
On the motive of Czech popular fairy tale.
On the motive of English popular fairy tale. (For children 4+)
Stories from ice plains so hard as frosty meal, well roasted as a seals fat and instructive as a wound by bear paw. (For children 6+).
Montagues, Capulets and „Gaspards“!
The most famous love story in unique adaptation for eight actors. Very hot streets of picturesque Verona city, two belligerent dynasties and young love… (For children and youth)
Faust by nomadic puppeteers in Tomáš Hájek´s show.is figurated by only one actor like a shadow show. Figurated by only one actor as a shadow show.
Horror story by Bram Stoker – Dracula. (For children and youth)
Two tales about mysterious territory in neighbourhood of castels Houska and Kokořín ..
Did you take dancing lessons? About first experiences with dance, social behaviour and also about first experiences with more than only friendly relationships… (For children 14+)
Musical – theatre performance composed of children songs with lyrics by well-known Czech poets.. (For children 6+)
Performance about life and work of Juri Alekseyewich Gagarin, the first human in outer Space. In the course of time Gagarin wil be overcome by many people but anybody will never smile the Word as he used to do. (For children and youth).
Poetic new circus grotesce. (For the whole family).
Dance, air and ground acrobatics – simply new circus. (For children and youth).
Performace about arrival of spring and waking up of nature. About what we forgot long time ago but what our grandmothers may still remember. (For children 4+).
Old Czech legends by Studio dell´arte. Without pathos but with humor, poetry and plenty of puppets. (For children 8+).
On March 20th, every year since 2001, the World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People has been celebrated all over the world by the international community of theatre practitioners for children and young people. It has been initiated by the international non-governmental organization ASSITEJ (Association internationale du théatre pour l´Enfance et la Jeunesse), which was established in 1965 and its Czechoslovak (now Czech) centre was its member from the very beginning. The main aim of ASSITEJ is to unite theatres, organizations and individuals throughout the world dedicated to theatre for children and young people and also to promote this specific field of theatre. Various events are held on the World Day such as special performances, showcases, open rehearsals, lectures, workshops or exhibitions. These are organised by national ASSITEJ centres in 58 countries on 5 different continents.
The ATI’s showcase for the World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People introduces not only the most interesting Czech performances of both amateur and professional theatres for children but also theatre productions performed by children. It is intended for all ages, i.e. from the kindergarten children to teenagers and covers various genres. The showcase will be held at the Celetná Theatre, DISK Theatre, Minor Theatre and KD Mlejn (these are also co-organizers of the showcase).
This year’s showcase will present 18 carefully selected productions. During the six days, there will be many outstanding performances showcased – such as Hamleteen by Alfa Theatre, Romeo and Juliet by Kaspar or a new circus experiment called Dynamo by Cirkus Mlejn. Another part of the event is the ASSISTEJ Award which goes to a personality who has contributed to the development of high-quality theatre for children and young people in a creative and inspiring way. Experts from international professional organizations and foreign festivals from different countries in Europe accepted our invitations; therefore this year’s showcase is also an opportunity to introduce the quality Czech theatre for children abroad.
The main coordinator of the showcase:
Czech centre of ASSITEJ
T +420 224 809 189
International Cooperation and PR Departement
Arts and Theatre Institute
T +420 224 809 196
M +420 734 330 972
Marek Bečka is a graduate of the Prague Academy of Performing Arts in Puppetry. He is also a skilled director and writer. He is the founder of Buchty a Loutky puppet company (“Cakes and Puppets”) in 1991, which has presented over many years a great range of offerings including Rocky IX and Tibet. Buchty a Loutky is famous all over Europe through its tours.
Marek Bečka is lecturer in puppetry at Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre of the Theatre Faculty of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic. He has been invited to give master classes in Hong Kong and the Netherlands ect.