Horror vacui

Initiation puppet féerie based on the life and work of Josef Váchal
14. 10. 2023
Running time: 
45 minutes
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14. 10. 2023
Filip Homola, Robert Smolík
Directed by: 
Set design: 
Robert Smolík
Dramaturgical cooperation: 

This production for youth and adult audience is loosely inspired by motifs from Josef Váchal's life in his voluntary exile in Studeňany in the Jičín region, from his letters-novels addressed by him to Josef Hodek, Jakub Deml and others. And also Váchal's book "The Devil's Garden or the Natural History of Ghosts".

This imaginative production aims to give high school students and adult viewers an insight into the life and work of one of our greatest artistic personalities of the 20th century - the graphic artist, painter, carver, writer and philosopher Josef Váchal (1884-1969). Among the most famous works of this artist, who was completely unappreciated during his lifetime, are the parodies of Braque literature, The Bloody Novel, the monumental bibliophile Šumava Dying and Romantic, and the illustrations for Jakub Demel's The Castle of Death.

The production was prepared by a member of the artistic ensemble Filip Homola, signed under the award-winning project There are places favoured by darkness where never and nothing on remote islands is hidden.... Robert Smolík, a regular collaborator of the Naive Theatre, took care of the essential artistic component (About the Lamb that Fell from the Sky, Choo. Choo. Whistle. Woof!.

Technical requirements:

Stage: width 6 m, depth 6m, height 4 m
at least 2 bars 
Input power: 380/220 V, protection 16/32 A
Photos: Roman Dobeš
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