11th Oct. 2016 – 28th Feb. 2017
Pilsen, Czech Republic
11th Oct. 2016 – 28th Feb. 2017
Pilsen, Czech Republic
Mar. 18-19 2016
Pilsen, Czech Republic
Slovakia: Zuzana Petrovičová, Ondrej Maksi,Peter Vrábeľ, Róbert Farkaš
Czech Republic: Čestmír Suška, Petr Pufler,Pavla Beranová, Gabriel Vach,KinoCirkus collective, DEPO2015 collective
France: AV Exciters collective
Germany: Axel T. Schmidt
A festival of contemporary dance held annually by the non-profit Tanec Praha since 1991, the Czech Dance Platform this year operated in linkage with European Capital of Culture Plzeň 2015. As well as select performances of contemporary dance, the festival also featured workshops and seminars, and dance pieces describing the host country. The high-quality program attracted people involved with dance from around the world, also making the festival a networking opportunity. Yukio Suzuki and Ayano Honda took part in 2014, and their observations from the perspective of dancers had a great influence on their subsequent work. In 2015 the Japanese critics Takao Norikoshi and Megumi Ikeno took part. Their take-away from Czech contemporary dance was not only the high level it operates at, but the “abundance with admissibility” that makes room for interlocutors from outside. One looks forward to the development of much cooperation in dance between Japan on one hand and the Czech Republic and Europe on the other.
9-12 Apr. 2015
: Ponec theatre, Theatre Archa, Studio Alta, Alfred ve dvoře, NoD (Prague）
Takao Norikoshi, Megumi Ikeno (Dance Critic)
Dance perfomance confronting worldwide issue of social recluses
The Farm in the Cave theater company is known for its creative process in which the dancers get to the core of their subject matter by themselves conducting conscientious research and interviews. Based in the Czech Republic, the group enhances the appeal of its pieces with the richly varied perspectives of its multinational makeup, with dancers coming from such countries as Korea, Vietnam and Slovakia. Inspired by the novels of Ryu Murakami and such contemporary Japanese art as the pictures of Tetsuya Ishida, “Night in the City” takes as its theme the societal issue of social recluses that has now appeared outside Japan as well. Assisted during their Japan visit by Kawamura, who served on the volunteer staff at the Sibiu International Theatre Festival in 2012, the dancers conducted an energetic course of interviews and investigation. Their true-to-life performance in this production underpinned by actual experience was acclaimed. Included in the program of the 2016 Czech Dance Platform, the piece enjoys growing prospects for presentation to a broader audience in future.
24-26 Nov. 2015
Farm in the Cave http://infarma.info/enlng/profil-en
Classroom appreciation of “the artistic qualities of manga”
The Japanese manga form has numerous fans around the world and has captured the hearts of many young people. Its influence extends beyond entertainment as it now enjoys considerable attention for its educational value, both as a way to study Japanese language and traditional culture, and as a tool for the study of artistic technique. Meanwhile, as home of puppet theater and stop-motion film employing puppets, the Czech Republic is known for offering high-quality instruction in the arts of animation. A three-day manga workshop was held in Plzeň as part of the Animanie animation festival. Under the instruction of Ikuo Matsuda, who took part in the Littfest literature festival at European Capital of Culture 2014 Umeå in Sweden and has offered workshops in Italy and Africa, participants all completed an original two-page manga work. This substantial program continued with the production, over two days, of animation pieces based on those manga works in a valuable opportunity to cultivate practical technique while prizing creativity.
14-17 Nov. 2015
Art school of Jiri Trnka
Ikuo Matsuda (manga instructor)
Joint production by Japanese, Czech artists who studied together in Paris
The stage production Among Us emerged from the encounter of Chinami Gentsu and Hana Strejčková as students at L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in 2011. The creation of local children and a production team assembled from such far-flung places as the Czech Republic, Japan, Jordan, the United States and Poland, this piece underwent long-distance preparations and then three weeks of rehearsals in the Czech Republic. The exploitation in the work of workshops held concurrently and of the results of a survey of the viewpoints and creativity of children in non-linguistic areas was reminiscent to an adult audience of our receptivity in infancy. The performance stirred large numbers and brought much to their notice. With the success of this project in the Czech Republic, ideas are afoot for bringing the performance to Japan as well in future.
8 Sep. 2015 -5 Dec. 2015
Moving Station http://www.johancentrum.cz/en/ The No Name Tearoom http://www.bezejmenna.name/index-e.html Ponec http://www.divadloponec.cz/news/index/mn/17/page/15
Chinami Gentsu Hana Strejčková Juni Endo Sota Sakuma
New perspectives turn on “People and Their Lives in Saitama Prefecture”
24 Oct. - 22 Nov. 2015
Dita Pepe (Czech Republic) http://www.ditapepe.cz/ *collaborate with Barbora Barnova, journalist Max Pinckers (Belgium) http://www.maxpinckers.be/
Dita Pepe: 1-17 Nov. 2014 Max Pinckers: 16 Dec. 2014 - 30 Jan. 2015
23 Oct. 2015 18:00-
Cutting-edge culture speaks to all the world! Young Japanese artists working in Europe!
Plzeň is known for its many clubs and music studios. Plzeň Night, a music festival held on club stages around the city is how this aspect of the city's character was reflected in the program of the European Capital of Culture. The venues featured music of varied genres, and attracting particular attention was Japan Stage, featuring Japanese post-rock and DJs. Seven groups of artists from Japan took part, instantly captivating the young people of Plzeň with a deep, cutting-edge program of stage performances, cosplay and other culture originating in Japan. The space brimmed with young fans eager to see the fresh and innovative program. Though superficially taking different approaches, these artists from a far-off foreign land transcended barriers with great ease and reached deep inside their hearts. The moment demonstrated that music truly is the world's lingua franca.
23rd Oct. 2015
DJ Kyoka, DJ Miss Hawaii, Tomy Wealth, Tanukichi, DJ Miyukiss, MC Broko, Paulie Garand
Japan as depicted by Czech photographer during 1997 and 2015
Daniel Sperl studied with the documentary photographer Jindřich Štreit, who traveled the world making photographs on the themes of the presence and beauty of ordinary, simple people. It is now twenty years since Štreit spent several months in Gunma prefecture, in what was then the village of Akagi photographing life in a Japanese farming community. Now his disciple Sperl has conducted a project photographing the daily routine of people not only in Gunma, but also in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Nara. The photo exhibition commanded considerable attention, with over 150 people attending the opening. All the works present in black and white. Visitors were heard to remark, “These are not sightseeing photos, they showed me a glimpse of the truth of ordinary lives,” and “I thought they were of a far-away country, but oddly there is a familiarity stirring from these photos.” It was an exhibition reminding us, through their daily lives, of what people have in common, rather than their cultural differences.
2 Sep.- 4 Oct. 2015
Jiří Trnka Gallery
Daniel Šperl http://danielsperl.wix.com/daniesperl