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Martin Čičvák

Studied stage directing of drama at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno. He also studied at Britain’s Dartington College of Arts, where he directed Genet’s The Maids and Strindberg’s Miss Julie. In 2000 the production of Bernhard’s Immanuel Kant at the National Theatre in Brno earned him the Alfréd Radok Award in the Talent of the Year category. At the National Theatre in Brno he also directed Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Botho Strauss’s Ithaka, Goldoni’s I pettegolezzi delle donne (Women’s Gossip), Lessing’s Emilia Galotti and Sophocles’ Antigone. Since 2001 he has been permanent director at Prague’s Činoherní klub (Drama Club), where he has directed, among other performances, Büchner’s Woyzeck, Sukhovo-Kobylin’s The Trial, Moliere’s Le Misanthrope and Amphitryon, Feydeau’s Tailleur pour dames (The Ladies’ Dressmaker), Albee’s play The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (nominated for the DOSKY Slovak theatre award in 2004 for Best Stage Direction), Chekhov’s Ivanov, Vinterberg and Rukov’s Festen (The Celebration) and Marina Carr’s play By the Bog of Cats. For Prague’s National Theatre Drama he has directed Brecht’s The Good Person of Setzuan (2003), his own dramatisation of The Thousand and One Nights (2005) and Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (2009). He is a regular guest at the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava, where in recent seasons he has directed Brecht’s Mother Courage, Schiller’s Intrigue and Love (DOSKY nomination, 2007), Büchner’s Leonce und Lena (DOSKY nomination, 2008) and Schimmelpfennig’s Die arabische Nacht (Arabian Night), which received two DOSKY awards – for Best Production and Best Stage Direction – in the 2003/04 season. Furthermore, he has worked as a stage director at Bratislava’s Aréna theatre, where he has presented Klimáček’s Komunizmus and Dr. Gustáv Husák, as well as other plays. In 2006 he directed Schimmelpfennig’s Die Frau von früher (The Woman from the Past) at the Slovenian National Theatre in Ljubljana. When it comes to opera, to date he has worked at the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Pilsen, directing Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi under the title Julie (2001) and Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (2003). Photo: Ilona Sochorová

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