September News!!

ファイル 280-1.jpgファイル 280-2.jpgファイル 280-3.jpgファイル 280-4.jpgSummertime will unfortunately soon finish and I have a different News.

My biggest Project now is a performance Pipi Longstocking (Pippi Pończoszanka) for Theatre: Teatr Lalki Tecza in the north polish city Slupsk(>web)At 16.th September will held first Performance. Please come to see it! This Project is complicate only for the basic Reason, that Slupsk is from Prague very far away, around 700 km! When I use buses and train, then I need around 14 or 15 hours for one way trip. The another complication is the communication wit a polish colleagues. We cannot use every time English and then we try communicate half Polish and half Czech. It´s interesting, how the both languages are at once similar and different.

Pipi - Teatr Lalki Tęcza(>web)

For the fist time I collaborate with the polish director Jacek Poplawski. He is also art director of Teatr Maska Rzeszów. I think, we did our best and our performance will be interesting and good not only for children but too for adult.

Second main information is, that for the first time in my life, I wrote and illustrated book for children with the Title: "Let´s make marionette and play". The book was published by Japanese well known Publishing House Fukuinkan Shoten. All the process from the idea till realization took three years!! I´m very glad for this important and big experience.

We prepared with my Friend and Artist Nohagi Naka collective new books Presentation with the name "Nohagi´s book, Yumi´s book", in Japanese "Noha hon, Yumi hon". It´s a coincidence, that with both have a new book just fresh published and released for the bookstores. The Books presentation or opening party will held two days from 23.rd till 24.th September in Shimokitazawa (Tokio area). I look forward to see you all!(>web)

Last News is, that we continue with a performance Golem in Japan! In the days from 28th September and 1.st October you can see a reworked premiere in the beautiful theatre Za kouenji!!!! You are welcome to join us and meet again with the magical and strong Golem!

spring news

ファイル 274-1.jpgファイル 274-2.jpgLast month I spent in Japan. The main reason for visit was my attendance on the one biggest doll exhibition in Japan. The exhibition "Doll Art Utukushima 2017" took place in the city Fukushima in the period between 15th. and 22th. April. There were been present around 100 artists and during eight days came more then 13000 visitors. For me it was completely new experience. The puppets and dolls creators stand very close together and I meet there many strong and interesting women, they are on the field of dolls making on the top.

For the exhibition I prepared thematic set of puppets "Alice in the wonderland". I´m impressed by fantasy world of Alice and I would like continue.

I were been also invited to the Musashino Art University, where I spoke with stage design students. The meeting with students is for me source of inspiration and I would like in the future work with them again.

Finally spring!

ファイル 269-1.jpgファイル 269-2.jpgOn Saturday 25th February 2017 was held a first appearance of performance "Od maličkých k velikým - From the small to the big" in theatre Polarka in Brno. If you want to see this performance with your children, please visit (>web)

I´m happy, I could join this nice project for the smallest children. Nice text, nice movement improvisation, close contact with children!!! I can recommend it also for adult! Everybody can enjoy nice time in Polarka!

In the period from 15.th till 22.th april 2017 will be held in the city Fukushima, Japan the art doll exhibition Doll Art Utukushima 2017. I was invited like a "foreign" guest. The exhibition is to see every two years and is one of the biggest on this field in Japan. More about exhibition program here

Od maličkých k velikým (From the small to the big)

ファイル 266-1.jpgPerformance Od maličkých k velikým (From the small to the big) starts this Saturday 25.th February, 3 p.m., in theatre Polarka in Brno!!

First performance is however sold out, please find another date on the theatre (webpage). This performance is intended for children more than 3 y.o., but I think, also us adults can have a lot of fun.

X-mas news!!!

ファイル 262-1.jpgI would like wish you all the best for the next year 2017 with the rule of COCK!

On the finish of October I prepared puppet for the shooting of short japanese movie Modrý directed and shot in November by Yasuhito Tsuge in Nagasaki area under partnership of CANON. Please watch the around 5-Minutes Story of Modrý puppet and attached short documentary about making movie. Who will like the movie, then exists also director cut version here.

Autumn news

ファイル 257-1.jpgファイル 257-2.jpgPerformance Mysterious Lake will play again! Japan Society in New York present Obake Family Day at 30th October 2016. Obake means in Japanese monster. Please see very nice Trailer with my puppets and monsters.(>web)

YODAKA is back! YODAKA will have finally Japanese premiere at 17th and 18th December during Kaikyo Festival in Kitakyushu, North Kyushu. YODAKA was born in Prague as my first collective project with actress Naoko Taniguchi and director Zoja Mikotova. We played in Prague (CZ), Liberec (CZ), Ostrava (CZ), Bratislava (SK), Žiar nad Hronom (SK) and Košice (SK).

Diary of Anny Frank you can see again in Theatre Slovácké divadlo in Uherské Hradiště.(>web) In Brno, in puppet museum of Theatre Radost will be played O Malence (28th October and 30th October).(>web) If is for you too far from Prague, then please visit Kladno and his Theatre Lampion. Fairy story Zlatovláska is not only for children, but also for adult. Please see the program on the website. (>web)

20.th anniversary of city partnership Prague - Kyoto

ファイル 252-2.jpgファイル 252-1.jpgCity partnership of Kyoto and Praha celebrate 20 year! In the space of main railway station of Kyoto will start small Czech-Japanese Festival. I´m very glad, to be invited there and contribute with a small puppet show The Little Red Riding Hood.

Our special performance you can see on the 25th September 2016, first at 1:10 p.m. and second at 3:40 p.m. You didn't see this Version of The Little red Riding Hood before! Please come and be surprised!

Main part will be played by Japanese professional Actress Naoko Taniguchi, second part by myself. I like co-work with Naoko, we spent nice time in the Czech Republic! For me it will be first time on the different side of the stage! I prefer be behind the curtain like puppet maker and stage designer, but now I try to be "in" on the the stage! I see forward to do this new experience!

In the September will be nine years living in Prague, Czech Republic. I will also celebrate my private anniversary with my favourite cities.

After Kyoto festival will held Czech Festival 2016 in Tokyo..(>web) Tokyo festival is from 28th September till 1st October 2016. On the 30th September I will present puppet workshop. If you are in Tokyo, please come to create your own puppet!

Summer News

ファイル 248-1.jpgファイル 248-2.jpgファイル 248-3.jpgファイル 248-4.jpgIn May and June I spent a few weeks in Japan preparing Czech-Japanese performance Golem with first appearance on the 5th June 2016 in the theatre KAAT (Kanagawa Art Theatre) in Yokohama. The main performance organizer is the traditional marionette puppet theatre Itsushi with almost 360 year old tradition. Main director of Golem is Amano Tengai, from the Czech side supported by director Zoja Mikotova. The Czech actors were been Konrad Popel (the art director of puppet theatre Divadlo Plyšového Medvídka, (>web)) and young actress Kristyna Huclova.

The performance Golem were been showed everyday between 5th and 12th June. In Japan is usually, that performance is on the stage only few days. The theatre groups or companies mostly don´t own the theatre space, they rent theatre only for short time. I´m very glad, that exist possibility to show adapted Golem again next year. We hope so!
I worked on the project last two years and spent many hours with organization. I designed and produced puppets and prepared part of stage. After long way with a lot of work come successful performance with almost 2000 spectators. I´m happy for it.

This news I´m writing on the platform waiting train between New York and Long Island in the USA. Together with director Izumi Ashizawa we are prepaing adapted performance Mysterious Lake. Last year were been a first appearance in the university Theatre in Stony Brook Long Island. Now we will have children's spectators. I look forward for their reactions. The quest theatre is the Long Island Children´s Museum(>web).
The first appearance will be held a next week on the 29th July 2016. I write next news, how it was.

Poster for Golem performance and Trailer Enola!

ファイル 244-1.jpgYou can see Poster for Performance Golem in Japan and nice trailer for acrobatic performance Enola of artist Eliska Brtnicka!!(>trailer)

Spring News!!

ファイル 241-1.jpgファイル 241-2.jpgファイル 241-3.jpgファイル 241-4.jpgFirst three months of year 2016 brought me a lot of news and experiences.

Between 3rd and 10th March I have together with photographer Nohagi Naka exhibition in Kanazawa. We had around 2200 visitors! Our important quests were been major of the city Kanazawa and major of Region Ishikawa. We had publicity in local TV, radio news and in local newspaper.

Before coming to Japan I had in Prague visit from NHK – national state TV sender. The NHK made a short documentary about my work and live in the Czech Republic in a TV series Sekaini Hanasake! Nadeshikotachi. Shooting continued around two weeks, we spent together great time visiting my co-worker, teacher in different places. It was for me good experience. Thank you all for it!

The director of NHK documentary, Mrs. Ayaka Nagata, ask me complicate questions, it was not easy to find the right answers. Screening of Documentary held during exhibition, on the 2nd March.

Then I designed costume for Eliska Brtnicka for her solo acrobatic performance Enola. The first appearance was been on 9th February in Theatre NOD in Prague. The Enola is a fantastic acrobatic action with Japanese spirit and I can recommend it.

At least I helped to my friend Naoko Taniguchi with her solo puppet performance for children. She chose old Czech tale >>Georges and witless old scratch<(>web)

The Premiere held on 5th march. She will play at different places in all Japan.

And now I prepare stage design and puppets for my main performance Golem.

The Premiere will be on 5th June KAAT Theatre, Kanagawa Art Theatre in Japan! The Golem is a Japanese-Czech puppetry project in collaborate on of two directors, on the Japanese site with Mr. Tengai Amano and on the Czech side with Mrs. Zoja Mikotova. Next topic in my news will be for sure again Golem...