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Oral history of Czech theatre

Bílková Ludmila

Dancer; Mime; Pedagogue (* 1937/8/24 Brno)

Ludmila Kovářová-Bílková graduated from the Dance Department of the State Conservatoire in 1956, however her field of study also included pantomime. Her first engagement as a dancer was with the Kladno Municipal Theatre, but she has also performed with the Military Art Ensemble and the Czechoslovak Song and Dance Ensemble. In 1959, she became a member of the Na zábradlí Pantomime Theatre, where she was not only the leading soloist of Ladislav Fialka’s famous ensemble but, following Fialka’s death in the 1990s, also its leader.

Kovářová-Bílková has also taught movement and acting at the Department of Non-Verbal Theatre under the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She has performed in more than forty productions and choreographed sixty.

Brodská Božena

Choregrapher; Dancer; Publicist; Pedagogue (* 1922/7/27 Praha)

Studied music at Charles University’s Faculty of Arts and dance theory at the Academy of Performing Arts (AMU) in Prague. Starting in the second half of the 1940s, she was engaged with the Práce Theatre Cooperative (Karlín Theatre), D 45, and the Vít Nejedlý Army Artists’ Ensemble in Prague. In the early 1950s, she began to teach at AMU’s Dance Faculty, earning a professorship in 1982.

Her husband was the actor Vlastimil Brodský (1920–2002). She is the mother of musician, songwriter, artist, actor, and writer Marek Brodský (* 1959).

Císař Jan

Theatrologist; Dramaturge; Reviewer; Pedagogue (* 1932/1/28 Hradec Králové)

Studied theatre sciences at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (DAMU). In 1959, he began working as a dramaturg at the State Travelling Theatre Company; he was also a contributing editor for Divadlo (Theatre) magazine and the editor-in-chief of Divadelní noviny (Theatre News). In 1970, he was briefly the artistic director of the Jaroslav Průcha Theatre in Kladno, after which he spent two years as the director of the Kolín Regional Theatre. In the 1980s, he was the dramaturg for drama productions at Prague’s National Theatre and Vinohrady Theatre.

In the mid-1960s, Císař began lecturing at DAMU, where he was made an associate professor in 1966. He was the school’s dean in 1970–72, and was made a professor in 1985, after which he headed the Department of Drama Directing and Dramaturgy and the Department of Theory and Criticism.

Částek Miroslav

Actor; Playwright/Dramatist; Stage Director (* 1937/3/24 Brno)

After obtaining a degree in acting from the Theatre Faculty of the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno in 1962, Miroslav Částek immediately started his first engagement with the Brno State Theatre. He left after four years to join the E. F. Burian Theatre in Prague, but almost immediately returned due to family reasons, although he did continue to collaborate with the Prague-based Viola Theatre. At the start of the 1990s, he became a Dominican lay brother in Brno.

Částek has performed in over fifty productions. He is one of the most distinctive representatives of single-actor theatre, the theatrical form to which he devoted himself starting in the late 1960s. After entering the Dominican Order, he produced dozens of programmes with spiritual themes, which were seen not only by audiences in the Czech Republic but also by, for example, Czechs living in the USA.

Černý Jindřich

Theatrologist; Reviewer; Playwright/Dramatist; Translation; Director/Principal (* 1930/6/20 Čáslav)

After receiving a degree in aesthetics and comparative literature from Charles University’s Faculty of Arts, he studied theatre sciences at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (DAMU), where he met his future wife Jarmila Hrubešová – who would later go on to be the long-time head of the Theatre Institute’s library and documents department. In 1952, after having completed his studies, he was sentenced for participating in an anti-government student group. He did his military service with the army work brigades. He later worked as editor-in-chief at DILIA, as a night watchman, in the Theatre Institute’s documents department, at the Office for the Study of the History of Czech Theatre, in the National Theatre’s archives and at its PR department. In 1991, he was made the director of the National Theatre, a function he held for two years.

His son Ondřej Černý (* 1962) is a theatre critic and translator, and was the director of the Theatre Institute in 1996–2007 and of the National Theatre in 2007–2012.

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Projekt, který vznikl v roce 2015, si klade za cíl zachytit vzpomínkové vyprávění významných osobností českého divadla, a to především formou audio záznamu (obvykle v délce čtyř hodin), ve většině případů je pořízen i kratší videozáznam (v délce 10–20 min). Dále je vyhotoven protokol rozhovoru, který rekapituluje v 15–20 minutových intervalech probíraná témata a osobnosti. K dispozici jsou také digitalizované fotografie či dokumenty osobní povahy, které pamětník poskytl.

Všechny materiály jsou určeny k místnímu studiu registrovaným badatelům ve studovnách IDU.

Modul Orální historie v rámci on-line Virtuální studovny poskytuje seznam narátorů se stručnými medailony a protokol rozhovoru.

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