During 1995–2000 Martin Černý studied scenic art at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts, Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre. After graduation he did not seek a permanent engagement but started a series of guest co-operations with different theatres, often with the same directors. For the director Ivan Rajmont he designed numerous settings: for King Lear by Shakespeare performed in Yaroslavl, Russia, as well as settings for Faust byGoetheand Don Juan by Molière at Klicpera Theatre in Hradec Králové, for The School for Wives by Molière at Brno National Theatre, and also for many productions of National Theatre in Prague including The Moth by Dostoevsky, Oresteia by Aischylos, Crimp’s Countryside, Coriolanus by Shakespeare and a ballet show based on Karel Jaromír Erben´s fairy-tale, Goldilocks, with music by Vladimír Franz. Martin Černý also designed settings for productions of Platonov is a Rascal! directed by Jiří Pokorný, The Floods directed by Alice Nellis and The Managers directed by Mária Záchenská for Na zábradlí Theatre in Prague, for F. X. Šalda Theatre in Liberec settings to musicals Malováno na skle / Painted on Glass and Donaha! / The Full Monty under the direction of Ján Ďurovčík, for Music Theatre Karlín Martin Černý designed sets to musical Limonádový Joe and to Brooks’ The Producers. His first co-operation with Prague State Opera was within the Project Bušení do železné opony / Bang on the Iron Curtain, namely for mini operas The Knight and the Death and Jelizaweta Bam by Vladimír Wimmer. In the 2005/2006 season he created costumes for the ballet production of Smetana’s My Country directed by Ján Ďurovčík and stage setting for A Midsummer Night’s Dream choreographed by Libor Vaculík. In 2007 he designed setting for Tchaikovsky´s The Swan Lake choreographed by Pavel Ďumbala and Hana Vláčilová, in 2008 setting for the ballet Phantom of the Opera by Petr Malásek and Libor Vaculík, and for Puccini´s opera La bohème directed by Ondřej Havelka, and in 2011 setting for Adam’s ballet Giselle directed and choreographed by Hana Vláčilová.
Updated: April 2011