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Lesák Aurel

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Musical Dramaturge; Technician; Sound Design (* 1930/12/12 Praha)

Aurel Lesák’s father was an amateur puppeteer with the Prague-based Říše loutek (Puppet Paradise) theatre. From 1951 to 1954 Lesák studied at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Technical University in Prague, and subsequently worked as a rail dispatcher. His neighbour, Miroslav Černý, who was an actor with the Spejbl and Hurvínek Theatre, asked him to help with the theatre’s technical matters. Lesák started collaborating with the Spejbl and Hurvínek Theatre in the days when it was still led by Josef Skupa and was employed there from 1959 to 1999.

Lesák’s wife, Božena, as well as his daughter, Zuzana Štancelová, are puppet designers and scenographers.

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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