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Pokorný František

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Dancer; Choregrapher; Stage Director; Reviewer; Dramaturge (* 1933/2/23 Okříšky)

Pokorný graduated from Charles University’s Faculty of Education (1956) and the Dance and Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (1962). In 1961, he founded the Charles University Artists’ Ensemble, a modern dance troupe of which he was the artistic director and choreographer. He resurrected Taneční listy (Dance News), a newspaper originally banned by the communists after their takeover in February 1948, and also helped found the Festival of Pantomime in Litvínov. In 1968-71, he worked as a choreographer at Prague’s Semafor Theatre, and in 1971-93 he was the head of ballet at the F. X. Šalda Theatre in Liberec. In addition, he headed Czechoslovak Television’s ballet ensemble and taught at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (DAMU).

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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