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Havlík Emil

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Puppeteer; Translation (* 1927/5/6 Praha, † 2019/11/13 Praha)

Emil Havlík graduated from the Smíchov Grammar School in 1946 and went on to study at Charles University – initially Russian and Serbo-Croatian studies at the Faculty of Art, later transferring to the Faculty of Education and majoring in Czech. Emil’s relationship with the theatre started to develop during his childhood when his father was involved in establishing the Puppet Theatre of the Smíchov I Sokol Unit’s Puppetry Section, whose activities Emil revived in 1993. Havlík’s main engagement during his professional career was with the Central Puppet Theatre, which Jan Malík founded in Prague in 1949. Here Emil remained active from the theatre’s earliest days in 1949 until his official retirement in 1987, although he continued collaborate with the theatre even after that. Emil was also involved in educational activities at the Academy of Performing Arts. He performed in more than fifty productions and also translated a number of plays and professional texts.

Emil’s brother, Václav (1921-1996), was a puppet designer.

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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