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Kovářík Miroslav

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Actor; Diseur; Author; Pedagogue; Moderator (Anchorman) (* 1934/8/15 Praha, † 2020/3/4 Praha)

Kovářík studied at a special secondary school for future teachers, but his “poor ideological profile” forced him to work at the ČKD machine works before beginning his studies at Charles University’s Education Faculty. In 1962, he helped found the Pretty Small Theatre in Litvínov, which focused on stage interpretations of works by poets born in the 1920s and was inspired by Prague’s Semafor Theatre. The theatre was a success at the Jiráskův Hronov and Wolkrův Prostějov festivals, and also appeared at Prague’s Viola Theatre. The theatre ceased its activities in 1969. Kovářík also worked in the Ústí nad Labem offices of Czechoslovak Radio, moderated the Porta folk festival, and gave emerging artists a chance through his show The Green Quill (first live on stage and later on radio). He helped to popularize the work of Václav Hrabě.

Oral history of the Czech theatre

This project was launched in 2015 and seeks to capture the memories of important figures in the field of Czech theatre in audio recordings (usually around four hours long) and, in most cases, also in a short video recording (10–20 minutes long). The recordings are followed by a report of the conversation, which offers a summary of discussed topics and personalities, after every 15-20 minutes. Photographs and personal documents (both in digital format), provided by the narrator, are also available.

The Oral History Module provides a list of figures who have recorded their memories, along with a brief profile, current photograph, and the interview protocol. Full recording, including all the additional materials, is supposed to be studied by registered researchers in the Information and Documentation Department of ATI only. Feel free to contact Lucie Čepcová: lucie.cepcova(at) if you are interested.

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