The origin of the black light theatre goes far back to ancient China where people with the help of candlelight, performed silhouettes shows over white sheet screens. Modern black theatre, founded in the nineteen fifties and mainly developed by French avant-garde artist George Lafaille regarded as the father of the black light theatre, is based on using technological innovations such as multimedia and linking up traditional theatre with ballet, pantomime, musical and circus.
The Black Light Theatre, in what was then Czechoslovakia, became famous thanks to Jiří Srnec, who among other things, also participated as an author to the performances which are still popular today. For instance, the most successful production of Laterna Magika, Wonderful Circus, under the direction of Jiří Srnec reached an unbelievable 6000 performances.
The importance of the Srnec Theatre has been acknowledged by the Czech President when on October 28th 2011, Jiří Srnec was awarded the highest state decoration – The Medal of the State in the Field of Culture and Arts.
Since its foundation in 1961, The Black Light Theatre of Jiří Srnec participated in 77 international theatre festivals and 300 international tours in 68 countries. The Antologia performance is a retrospective selection of the best scenes over its fifty-year history of the theatre. The performance allows the audience to experience shows from early productions up to recent ones. This unique stage performance of as yet unseen combination of dancing objects brought back to life, symbols, signs with the added performances of dancers and mimes swept off the audience into a tumultuous standing ovation during a midnight performance at The Royal Theatre in Edinburgh in 1962. The review published in the Times mentioned that this theatre company "brought back magic to the world stages".
Performances are suitable for children.
Black Light Theatre Jiří Srnec
Savarin Palace – Na Příkopě 10, Prague 1
How to get there:
Trams No. 6, 8, 15 and 26 – "náměstí Republiky" stop
Underground line A (green line) or B (yellow line) – "Můstek" station. If using the B line, get off at the "náměstí Republiky" station.