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Slupsk Library's wall with Astrid

ファイル 287-1.jpgファイル 287-2.jpgYesterday I went back from Slupsk to Prague. I spent there one week painting on the wall. This year I visited Slupsk very often. Slupsk city is celebrating 110 years anniversary of the Birth of writer Astrid Lindgren (14.th November 1907 - 28.th January 2002). Teatr Lalki Tecza opened the autumn season with the puppet show Pippi Pończoszanka.

Now I painted Astrid Lindgren with her books and her heroes on the wall of local Library. My biggest painting in my life! I´m happy for this opportunity! Thanks to my painting helper, thanks to the Slupsk city and all organization! Special thank to Michal Tramer! Cheers Astrid, your stories are beautiful!

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News from the Summer End and Autumn Beginning

ファイル 284-1.jpgファイル 284-2.jpgファイル 284-3.jpgファイル 284-4.jpgファイル 284-5.jpgThe biggest events from this hectic time is the finish of theatre performance PIPI in polish Slupsk! The first appearance was on 16.th September in Teatr Lalki Tęcza.
It was not easy time, not only a lot of work with the stage and puppets, communications difficulties (I cannot speak polish), but also travel distance between Prague and Slupsk (700 km, two buses, one train, 14 hours of ride). We could rich our goal at time with good result! I thank very much to performance director
Jacek Popławski, organizations support of theatre director Michal Tramer, young and talented Music composer Pawel Sowa, excellent actresses and of course all my coworker in Slupsk stage design workshop. I´m satisfied with the presented performance! I´m happy, Pippi was born and started to live her own life on the stage. I think this story can touch all open people, not only children, and bring them back to the childhood, to the source of nicest memories! I wish, the performance will visit other places not only in North Poland and we can share our theatre joy and passion with many spectators. Then it makes sense!

Immediately after first appearance of Pippi I went to Japan. There I had to switch completely to a different story about Golem. I prepared also stage and puppets. The Czech-Japanese performance Golem we presented for first time last year in theatre KAAT, in Yokohama. Now we played changed version in theatre Za Kouenji in Tokio. The Czech-Japanese team worked very close, very well. It was very nice to see the actress team again together! The communication was more deeply, more friendly, what is to see to the performance quality. I hope, we could play one day in Europe, especially in the home of Golem, in Prague. One young actor started to learn Czech language and I was surprised, how good he could communicate with basics of this complicate language. I was very glad for it! We were been good team!

In between, together with photographer Nohagi Naka, we prepared small exhibition "Noha hon, Yumi hon" in Tokio. We presented our a new books. Gallery was very small and cute, but still we could see our friends and supporters! For me it was a nice experience to walk around bookstore and to see in the show window a book, which I wrote and illustrated. It is big joy for me! And of course big piece of responsibility to the readers.

Now, I´m back in Prague, and I prepare workshop "Farewell with Mr. Prof. Matasek" with my former fellow student, Antonin Silar. We planed to be only assistant of him, but the destiny changed our first proposal. We prepared all long time from 2016 and we are very sad, that Mr. Matasek on 25th July 2017 passed away.


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.


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