Laterna magika

Alfred Radok and Josef Svoboda revealed their innovative concept at the exhibition EXPO 58: the Laterna magika, a multi disciplinary process where modern physical and optical techniques are combined to the performance of artists (actors, dancers, singers, musicians, clowns, mimes…) and to the simultaneous screening of slides, cartoons or other videos. This innovative concept was crowned with the Top Prize at the EXPO 58.

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Josef Svoboda’s genius ideas – he kept repeating that he was solely using the most common optical rules – enabled to enrich this concept through numerous inventions and to perform in the biggest operas in the world (National Theater in Prague, Opéra Garnier in Paris, Metropolitan Opera in New York, Covent Garden in London, Grand Théâtre in Geneva, La Scala in Milan...). His last creations dealt with additive colors and virtual images. Goethe’s Faust, directed by Otomar Krejča at the Estates Theater (Prague 1997), is a good example of the technique.

Today, the Laterna magika is composed of a dynamic team counting about 100 members led by Petr Tošovský. Together they create and present shows on the new stage of the National Theater but also in the whole world. To name a few, The Legend of the Argonauts created for the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004, and Rendez-vous, which was co-produced with the Cathédrale d'Images in Baux-de-Provence.

The current repertoire of the Laterna magika includes various shows: Human Locomotion, Legend of Magic Prague, Cocktail 012 – The Best of, Wonderful Circus (which is the oldest show, it is also played the most often), As Far as I See and Extraordinary Voyages of Jules Verne, The Little Prince and Cube.

You can contact us to know what the theater is playing during your stay in Prague and for more information about how to book.

Laterna magika
Národní 4
Praha 1

How to get there:
Trams No.  2, 9, 18, 22 "Národní divadlo" stop
Underground line B (yellow) "Národní třída" station

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