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Machová Hana

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Choregrapher; Ballet Soloist; Dancer (* 1930/9/16 Praha)

As a child, she attended the ballet school run by Anna Gromwellová-Muffová and Zdeňka Zabylová. In 1945, she was accepted by the Dance Department of the State Conservatoire in Prague, from which she graduated in 1949. She wanted to continue studying choreography, but her entire class accepted a year-long engagement with the Zdeněk Nejedlý Theatre in Ústí nad Labem. Machová stayed there until 1958, at which time she became a choreographer for the Silesian Theatre in Opava, where she remained until 1963. She then held the same position at the Hudební divadlo v Karlíně (Karlín Music Theatre) in Prague from 1963 to 1970. In 1977, she returned to Ústí nad Labem, where she was the head of the ballet section from 1977 to 1988.

She has been involved in more than 150 productions as a dancer, librettist, choreographer, or director.

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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