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Sep 15, 2016 7:00 PM


Czech Center New York’s flagship project in 2016 is entitled Prague-New York Effects and it epitomizes our mission towards creating enduring transatlantic collaborations. This project brings renowned Czech and American artists together, unifying them in the common dialogue of the creative process to birth original performance duets. These performances have their world premieres in both countries.


The project is supported by Petr Gandalovič, Czech Ambassador to the United States and Andrew Schapiro, United States Ambassador to the Czech Republic who endorses this vibrant cultural exchange.

Prague-New York Effects, First Effect, featured Tendayi Kuumba and Lenka Dusilová who garnered impressive media coverage in both New York and Prague.

The Second Effect featured the phenomenal talents of Petr Zuska - Artistic Director of Czech National Ballet and Jen Shyu –multi instrumentalist, jazz vocalist, composer & dancer.

The Third Effect featured Helga Davis actress, singer, and Jiří Bartovanec –Czech dancer & choreographer.

The Fourth Effect boasts the artistry of Tami Stronach-actress, dancer & choreographer and Tomáš Dvořák (Floex) – clarinetist, composer; producer & multi-media artist create an original performance duet.


Their collaborative project will premiere at the Ballroom of The Bohemian National Hall before heading off to the Palác Akropolis in Prague. During their residency at Czech Center New York they will offer a workshop entitled Dance phrases and sound sensor improvisation on September, 9 from 7-9PM. On September 20, 7pm they will also be involved in the Prague-New York Effects wrap up performance of the entire project where they will create installations and performances throughout the building. The renowned dance journalist, Jana Návratová will also discuss the impact of the initiative in Prague.

This is the final production in the series for 2016 and promises to be an exquisite, visually arresting piece of theatrical magic.

To find out more about this performance as well as the initiative to date go to www.ef-fects.com.



Tami Stronach is an Israeli-American dancer, choreographer and actress. Since appearing as The Childlike Empress in The Never Ending Story she has been creating Interdisciplinary work that explores the intersection of dance and theater. She founded her own dance company "Tami Stronach Dance" which tours worldwide. Since its' formation in 2000 the company has been commissioned and or presented by over 20 venues in NYC including Danspace Project at Saint Marks Church, Dance New Amsterdam, Dance Theater Workshop, Joyce Soho, Joe's Pub, and PS122 among others. Tami is a recipient of numerous awards for excellence in choreography including a Thayer Fellowship and has been awarded multiple grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council, the Manhattan Arts Council and residencies from the Here Art Center (TSD) and The New Victory Theater (PCC). Her theater credits include being an ensemble member of the Flying Machine Theater for 7 years whose original work Frankenstein was nominated for a Drama Desk award. She recently co-founded Paper Canoe Company with her husband Greg Steinbruner to create high quality performances for family audiences.  She is also a dedicated teacher and has taught for Lincoln Center Institute and was a full time Associate Professor of dance for 5 years at Marymount Manhattan College where she continues to adjunct teaching composition.

Please visit www.tamistronach.com and www.papercanoecompany.com for more info. 

Tomáš Dvořák (*78) aka Floex

Tomáš Dvořák is a clarinetist, composer, producer and multimedia artist from Prague. His music is characterized by unique exploration of the electroacoustic field and the deep atmospheric mood of his tracks. Tomáš is also the creator of several unique interactive multimedia installations and performances.

In 1996 Tomáš started to compose under his project name "Floex". His debut album Pocustone (2001) bridges relatively isolated genres such as nu-jazz, electronic and modern contemporary music. The album was highly critically acclaimed in The Czech Republic and internationally gaining several awards (Angel Award 2001 and

Nomination to Europian Qwartz Awards).He is well known for his cooperation with Amanita Design on the soundtracks for the games Samorost2 (2006), Machinarium (2009) and Samorost 3 (2016). Machinarium OST gained massive reaction by both fansand critics and was selected as the best 2009 soundtrack according to the world’s number one game magazine - PCGamer.

In 2011 Floex released his new album Zorya which explores acoustic music (especially classical minimalism), soundtrack music and contemporary electronic. The symbol of the album was the Slavic night guard goddess “Zorya Polunochnaya” that personifies more deep, subconscious and nightly moods of music.

In 2013 Tomáš started cooperation with German label Denovali Records releasing Gone EP featuring a remix by Hidden Orchestra.

Tomáš is also the creator of several unique interactive multimedia installations and performances (RGB,Crossroad, Live Score) which he created mainly in 2002-2007 while studying at Prague Academy of Visual arts.

His recent work Archifon series is based on the idea of making big interactive instruments from the buildings interiors via mapping (www.archifon.org). It was made together with Daniel Gregor and gained international success being featured in BBC World, Forbes, Wire , Discovery Channel and more. Archifon III was presented at the Ars Electronica Festival in 2014.






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