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Srnec Jiří

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Stage Director; Actor; Set Designer; Author; Composer (* 1931/8/29 Žalov u Prahy)

He graduated from the Higher School of Decorative Arts in Prague, and also completed piano studies at the State Conservatoire as well as studies in stage design at the puppetry department of the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU). In 1959 and 1960, he started using the “black cabinet” technique for the productions of Skupina 7/7 (The 7/7 Ensemble), which comprised graduates of DAMU’s puppetry department. In 1961, as a member of the Divadlo na Zábradlí Theatre on the Balustrade), he established the Černé divadlo (Black Light Theatre), which he renamed in 1992 to the Černé divadlo Jiřího Srnce (Black Light Theatre Srnec). Most of his productions were introduced primarily abroad until the 1990s, as they did not have their own stage in then-Czechoslovakia. In addition, in 1986 Srnec founded the synthetic Imaginativ Theatre.

Srnec has more than fifty productions to his credit.

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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