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Bílková Ludmila

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Dancer; Mime; Pedagogue (* 1937/8/24 Brno, † 2000/11/8 Praha)

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.

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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