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Nov 24, 2015 7:00 PM


Multi media program held throughout the Bohemian National Hall containing video screenings and live performances AMU, AVU and UMPRUM students.

The November 17th is International Students day and in honor of the feisty spirit of these young people we are presenting a series of projects from students studying in the Czech Republic. These astounding students have created some exceptional pieces of work and we are proud to host them in our various event spaces at the Czech Center NY on November 24th. (Cinema/3rd floor/ Ballroom) starting from 7pm.

Guests will experience a Multimedia program held throughout the Bohemian National Hall containing video screenings, live performances by students from the three faculties of AMU (Academy of Performing Arts in Prague): FAMU – Film and TV School, HAMU - Music and Dance, and DAMU –Theatre faculty as well as from the students of AVU and UMPRUM.

These inspiring new works will occur on  November 24 2015.

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In the Cinema at 7pm we have a lecture entitled Pavlína Morganová: Heroes of Everyday. This lecture is based on the book by Pavlína Morganová: Czech Action Art / Happenings, Actions, Events, Land Art, Body Art and Performance Art Behind the Iron Curtain, Karolinum Press a University of Chicago Press, 2014 and is focused on work by Vladimír Boudník, Milan Knížák, Jiří Kovanda a Tomáš Ruller - four different artists, who present four decades of communism in Czechoslovakia symbolically.


Starting at 8pm we have a Videomarathon -A collection of video-works presenting one generation of students of the Academy of Performing Arts (AMU), the Academy of Fine Arts (AVU), and the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design (VŠUP/UMPRUM). The work reflects problems of the contemporary world from the point of view of the youngest generation. They try to answer difficult questions about their place in the society, role of the artist in culture and future of our planet.

Artists: Janek Rous, Tomáš Moravec, Jan Pfeiffer, Petra Lelláková, Michalea Mildorfová, Barbora Šimonová, Philipp Kolychev, Lucie Doležalová, Alexander Martsynyuk, Eliška Havlíková, Ladislava Pachlová, Jakub Geltner, Matěj Al Ali, Martin Hrubý, Martin Kolarov, Štěpán Pech, Lea Petříková, Vladimír Turner, Dalibor Knapp, Matej Strnad, Petr Zabrodsky, Katerina Krejcova, Stanislav Abrahám, Kryštof Pešek.



On the 3rd Floor at 7pm we have Odstávka – we witness a performance reacting to the specific space of a shutdown railway. The object of the performance is to reconstruct the atmosphere of the place using music and visual instruments.

Performers: Šimon Levitner, David Střeleček


You can also experience Pararel world at 7pm on the 3rd Floor. This is a stop motion animation piece using the technique of pixilation. The artists have spent many hours making magic, breaking conventions and standard rules and now we can view their experiments through the lens of their creative projections.

 Artists: Filip Blažek, Ondřej Slavík, Martin Pošta, Nguen Van Cam


Spaces inbetween & NARRA 1.0 by Marek Matvija & Eric Rosenzveig is an interactive presentation. This is an open structure Documentary project by Marek Matvija and Epos 257 who researched Prague’s inner periphery. Rather than showing the individual people and their stories, their aim was to portray the periphery and its inner dynamics. Film-maker Marek Matvija and Epos 257, a Czech street artist, have shot and collected material, interviewed experts and homeless people for the past five years. Their vast research is now available via the interface of NARRA, powerful open-narrative software developed at CAS. In contrast to the closed film form, this interface enables the audience to navigate through the material themselves according to the topics of their interest.


HAMMOND BOX by Jonas Svatos and Petr Zabrodsky is an interactive performance piece.

This event will be developed in NYC and is based on the Hammond Box exhibited in the library.


Kolektiv Live Coding audiovisual performance features Kryštof Pešek, Jonáš Svatoš, Petr Zábrodský and the integration of other students available with local NYC live coders and performers in Prague. Electronic musicians use live coding techniques to improvise sound and image. This will be a telematics performance with musicians from the Prague Kolektiv in New York performing with local invited New York musicians and via internet with musicians in Prague. Kolektiv is an open group of artists working in the realm of algorithmic visuals and electronic music who follow in the tradition of live coding, an art form based on the artist writing a code for their performance in real time, creating instruments generating sound or image right in front of the audience. The occasional members of the group are Michal Cáb, GND, Kryštof Pešek, Jáchym Pešek, Jiří Rouš, Georgij Bagdasarov, Sara Pinheiro, Martin Blažíček, Petr Zábrodský, Alexandra Timpau, Jonáš Svatoš, Katarína Gatialová, Anna Kryvenko, Vendula Guhová. However, with each performance the group's composition varies featuring between four to twelve performers.


Performance by TOPOS KOLEKTIV

Topos Kolektiv is a project of six musicians (Anna Friedländer, Tereza Kerle, Hanka Hrachovinová, Martin Klusá, Marek Matvija, Tomas Kerle) who concern themselves with site-specific eclectic improvisation. Each “concert” is a unique work of art created by the whole ensemble as an on-site composed improvisation. The musicians chose improvisation for its playfulness and ability to react to exterior spatial conditions as well as to stimuli from other players. “What fascinates me about improvisation is the fact that I have to listen and respond at the same time. It brings me to a state of heightened awareness, unlike the experience one has while performing written music,” adds Anna Friedländer, voice performer and the concept co-creator. This approach allows the musicians to create a thrilling and unique site-specific project and invite their audiences to a truly unusual experience.


In the Ballroom at 7pm we have a Performance by DAMU Students: Jak lvové (Like Lions) 

In what kind of situations are Czechs brave and when are they not? Are they willing to persist with their truth? How is tradition of internal exile connected to it? Is Czech sociability a result of a common braveness or of its inversion? And does it really matter what the person ordering another beer thinks?

DAMU students ask these questions in a performance, where the instruments are movement, text and singing. 

Direction: Adam Svozil

Actors: Jiří Šimek, Nataša Mikulová, Kateřina Císařová

Set, lighting design: Ján Tereba, Mariana Kuchařová


At 8PM in the Ballroom we have a Concert by HAMU Students:


Ivana Loudová: The Planet of Birds III

Perhaps, the Planet of Birds really exists far away in space; St. Francis is there with them and maybe Olivier Messiaen as well…


The Princess in the Iron Mask

Performance connecting music and dance into one unit. The two parts are complementary. The performer brings the visual identity to the music and the music adds a new dimension to the dance. 

Choreography, dance: Markéta Jandová

Music: Martin Klusák



The name of the piece is derived from words in-halation and ex-halation. By the word Inter-halation the author, Tomáš Reindl describes the exchange of breath, interaction between live musicians and electronic track.

Flute: Jana Jarkovská

Electroacoustic track and Indian Tabla drum: Tomáš Reindl


At 9:30PM there will be a Performance by HAMU Students entitled ‘SYNovial’.

This is a performance about men – how they perceive themselves and their bodies.

The relationship they have with their body will form their physical identity. Despite the ability of thinking and language, emotions and health are expressed by the body, which is the main instrument of self-expression and interaction with others.

Synovial fluid is a viscous found in the cavities of synovial joints, the principal role of synovial fluid is to reduce friction between the articular cartilage of synovial joints during movement.

Concept, choreoraphy, interpretation: Marek Zelinka, Martin Talaga

Light design: Šimon Kočí

Supervision: Radim Vizváry


SYNovial video:



This evening presents an extraordinary opportunity to immerse oneself in the zeitgeist of these students world and their interpretation of it through their incredible art.

Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (AMU)

Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (HAMU)

Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU)

The Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (DAMU)

Academy of Fine Arts in Prague

Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design




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Nov 24, 2015 7:00 PM


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