PerformCzech Advisory Council

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The PerformCzech Advisory Council is an advisory body of the ATI’s Department of International Cooperation, the main aim of which is to promote and present contemporary Czech performing arts internationally.

The work of the council includes

  • providing consultation on strategy and forms of cooperation towards the promotion of Czech theatre and arts abroad,commenting on promotional materials devoted to Czech theatre, dance, and contemporary circus published by the ATI,
  • selecting and recommending Czech theatres and their productions and projects for inclusion in events abroad and in the Czech Republic,
  • consulting on projects, presentations, events, study stays, exchanges, residencies, conferences, and other international cooperative projects in which the ATI is involved or is invited to participate in.



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Helena Havlíková

Helena Havlíková is an opera journalist and specialist in electronic media regulation. She writes regularly about opera for the newspaper Lidové noviny and magazines Hudební rozhledy, Harmonie, Živá hudba, and also publishes work in Czech Music Quarterly. Every Monday in the Opera Panorama programme on Czech Radio Vltava she provides commentary on current events in opera, and she also contributes to other radio programmes. She is a member of the Thálie Awards’ opera jury. She is an expert in media legislation and regulation and teaches these subjects at the university level.

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Jiří Heřman

Jiří Heřman studied singing at the conservatory of music in Pilsen and opera directing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He has won renown both for the small-scale projects he has created intimate, unorthodox spaces and for his opera productions on the large stage. In 2007–2012 he was the artistic director of the Opera Company of the National Theatre (Národní divadlo) in Prague. He served as a commissioner for the music and space section of the Prague Quadrennial in 2015. Since January 2015 he has been the artistic director of Janáček Opera of the National Theatre in Brno (NdB) and is involved in the organisation and artistic direction of the Janáček Festival in Brno.

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Luděk Horký

Luděk Horký is a theatre and television dramaturg and teacher, and the deputy head of the Czech National ASSITEJ Centre. From 1998 to 2006 he worked as a dramaturg for ABC Theatre and Prague City Theatres (Městská divadla pražská). He is currently head of the Centre of Dramaturgy for Children’s Productions at Czech Television (Česká televize). He also collaborates in a dramaturgical capacity with director David Drábek and with D21 Theatre. He is an external lecturer for the Theatre Studies Department at Charles University’s Faculty of Arts and cooperates with NIPOS ARTAMA and Prague’s Radar Theatre as a lecturer in theatre.

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Lukáš Jiřička

Lukáš Jiřička is a theatre dramaturg, a director of radio-art projects, and a journalist and creates gallery installations and films. As a student he had a study stay at the PWST in Krakow, where he was an assistant to director Krystian Lupa, and at the Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft in Giessen. He works as an editor and also as a translator from Polish. He is one of the dramaturgs behind the Stimul festival of ‘alternative’ music. He has worked with directors Petra Tejnorová, Matyáš Dlab, and Magda Stojowska, the dance duo VerTeDance, and the dance company 420PEOPLE. He teaches at the Film Faculty and the Theatre Faculty at the Academy of Performing Arts.

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Lucia Kašiarová

Lucia Kašiarová is a Slovak artist based in Prague who is active in various branches of the performing arts. She has been the co-creator of a number of projects and works with artists in the Czech Republic and abroad. Since 2007 she has been the director of the ALT@RT project and of Studio ALTA, a creative space that under her leadership has established itself as an open professional platform devoted to showcasing the contemporary performing arts, contemporary dance, and multi-genre projects. She is the director HYBAJ HO! festival of Slovak contemporary dance in Prague and a fan of improvisation and chance.

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Eva Kesslová

Eva Kesslová is the head of BERG Orchestra, the only Czech orchestra that specialises in contemporary and 20th-century music. With the aid of a Fulbright Scholarship she studied at New York University in the United States, and won a scholarship from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and the International Society for the Performing Arts. She tries to apply a creative approach to presenting new music and managing the arts.

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Kateřina Lešková Dolenská

Kateřina Lešková Dolenská graduated from the Theatre Studies Department at Charles University’s Faculty of Arts and from the doctoral programme of the Department of Alternative and Puppetry Theatre at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (Alternative and Puppetry Work and Theory). Since 2006 she has worked as an editor for the magazine Loutkář (Puppeteer), and since 2015 has been the journal’s editor-in-chief. She teaches puppetry theatre history and theory at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts and at the Higher School of Performance (VOŠH).

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Ewan McLaren

Ewan McLaren is a dramaturg, a producer, and a director. Since 1992 he has been active in multiple ways in advancing the independent arts scene in the Czech Republic. For eight years he worked freelance for a variety of Prague theatres. He was one of the curators and main organisers of the Identity.Move! project, a European research platform for contemporary dance. He is currently the artistic director of Alfred ve dvoře Theatre and the dramaturg of the Bazaar Festival in Prague.

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Petr Nerušil

Petr Nerušil studied the history and theory of theatre, film, and literature, Czech language and literature, and philosophy at the Faculty of Arts of Palacký University in Olomouc. He then worked as a journalist and press agent. Since 2000 he has been organising the Flora Theatre Festival, since 2006 he has been the festival’s director, and he is also the main dramaturg of the showcase and a dramaturg of the drama section of the festival programme.

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Jitka Pavlišová

Jitka Pavlišová is currently a professor in the Department of Theatre and Film Studies at Palacký University in Olomouc where she teachers German-language theatre, contemporary dance, and performance. She has long cooperated with the Department of German Studies at J. E. Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem, the TanzQuartier Centre for Contemporary Dance and Performance in Veinna, and many international festivals. She is a member of the International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR), the Czech Theatre Research Society, and the Franz Werfel-Forschungsgruppe in Vienna. She also translates specialised literature and plays from German into Czech.

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Markéta Perroud

Markéta Perroud is a culture manager and a respected dancer with a classical dance education. She holds the French State Diploma of Pedagogy in Dance, and she graduated from a one-year programme in arts management in Lyon. Since 2010 she has worked with Tanec Praha as a member of its artistic board, in November 2011 she was appointed co-director of the Tanec Praha festival and relocated to Prague. In 2015 she was awarded the insignia of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Literature for her contribution to developing French-Czech relations.

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Jakub Škorpil

Jakub Škorpil is a theatre journalist, an amateur actor, a director, a translator, a croquet player, and a former supernumerary actor for the Opera Company of the National Theatre in Prague. He graduated from the Theatre Studies Department at Charles University in Prague. He has been involved in the creation of several theatre magazines and is the co-founder of and continues to contribute to the critical blog NaDivadlo. Since 2001 he has worked as an editor for World and Theatre magazine (Svět a divadlo). He has been a member of Puchmajer Culture and Theatre Society (Kulturně divadelní spolek Puchmajer), an amateur theatre company, for more than two decades.

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Michal Zahálka

Michal Zahálka is a translator, an editor for the ATI, a member of the programme board of the Pilsen Theatre Festival, and a co-organiser of the contemporary French drama and theatre festival ‘Eat That Frog’ (Sněz tu žábu). He specialises professionally in French drama (especially Neoclassical and contemporary) and its translation into Czech, modern British drama, and the problem of theatre translation in general. From the 2018/2019 he will be working as a dramaturg and a member of the new artistic management of Prague Municipal Theatres (Městská divadla pražská).

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Nataša Zichová

Nataša Zichová studied in the Department of Theatre Production. At the same time she worked externally as a production assistant for Ateliér Theatre, Czech Television, the Prague Cultural Centre, and for a variety of cultural projects, including the Prague Quadrennial. After graduating from the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts she worked externally as an assistant director for Czech Television. She spent fifteen years at home with her children, during which time she also studied English. Since 1995 she has worked in the Arts Department of the Czech Ministry of Culture as the administrator for professional theatre and dance.

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Jan Jiřík

Jan Jiřík is a theatre arts expert, a journalist, an editor, and a festival dramaturg. He studied theatre arts at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague, where he also completed his doctoral studies. He spent 2003-2004 and 2007 on a study stay at Warsaw University. He has published articles in Czech and international journals and has contributed to collective monograph publications. He collaborates with the Polish theatre arts review Pamiętnik Teatralny as an expert reviewer. He is a dramaturg for the international Palm Off Fest theatre festival, works for the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, and works as an editor for the ATI.

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Dominika Špalková

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Jiří Turek

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