Tag: Czech Republic

  • "From the Edge," the USA national pavilion at Prague National Gallery | Photo by Randy Gener

    Postcards from the Inge interview, Part 3 | A Ripple Effect

    “The future is increasingly becoming hyper-local and immersive. The designers of the future will have to provide valuable insights into how, why and where we create new performance environments. They will determine the shape of theatre architecture to come. What’s the matter with Kansas if it cannot see that the techniques of illusion shape our reality, and not the other way around?”

  • Designer Rosemarie McKelvey's paper dress for "Extremely Public Displays of Privacy" | Photo by Rosemarie McKelvey

    Prague diaries: Philadelphia designers and practitioners talk about how performance design affected their works and processes

    PHILADELPHIA:  The travel narratives below track impact and chronicle artistic learning.  A costume designer encounters a Czech fashion designer in a workshop and suddenly can’t stop creating garments out of paper.  A composer/sound designer records raw audio heard in the streets of Prague (music, lectures, everyday sounds) and decides to incorporate them in an upcoming production of Angels in America. Influenced by what he saw at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, a lighting designer literally alters his process and techniques, applying what he learned in a show at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia. A sound designer, after coming upon theater groups from Poland which create environmental installations on the streets of their neighborhoods, openly wonders if American theater has become bound up by the “strict, linear processes” with which most U.S. works are created. In June 2011, the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative (PTI) took eight theater designers and practitioners to the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (“the PQ”). Held every four years, the PQ puts forwards expositions of juried theater design from over 60 countries. Lectures, performances and workshops in sound, light, costume, architecture and performance design accompany the visual programming. Several of these Philadelphia designers are …

  • Celebrate Czech Independence Day in October

    Czech Street Festival & Staropramen Party 13th annual Czech Street Festival. Saturday, October 1 Czech Street Festival:E 73rd Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue, 1pm-7pm Staropramen Party: Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, 7pm Free admission Come celebrate Czech Independence Day and savor the pleasantly smooth taste of Staropramen! Enjoy live music, typical Czech food, a free raffle and more… Fun for adults & kids! Performers include: Czech bands SKYLINE and PLEASE THE TREES, Pajtasi dulcimer band, children from the Czech and Slovak School in Astoria, Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater, and more…Staropramen Premium Lager will be available from 3pm at the Bohemian National HallFREE RAFFLE – Win a trip to Prague for 2 Sponsored by Staropramen Program: CZECH STREET FESTIVAL 1:00pm     Performance by Children from the Czech and Slovak School in Astoria 1:15pm     Opening Ceremony 1:30pm     Pajtasi dulcimer band 2:45pm     Czechoslovak – American Marionette Theater & Vit Horejs 3:30pm     Skyline – Concert 4:45pm     Raffle Draw 5:45pm     Please the Trees – Concert STAROPRAMEN PARTY: 7:30pm     Skyline 9:00pm     Please the Trees 10:30pm   Skyline DJ’s Project Program is subject to change CZECH MUSIC: SKYLINE Listen Skyline The wildest electronic band from Czech Republic formed in 1998 in Prague. Skyline are recognized for their …