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Radim Vizváry

Artistic Director of the Laterna magika ensemble
Artistic director of the Laterna magika ensemble

Biography

Radim Vizváry is a mime artist, writer, stage director, choreographer and teacher. He is one of the most distinguished figures of contemporary physical mime theatre in Europe. He studied at the Faculty of Music and Dance of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He has received the 2016 Thalia Prize in the ballet, mime and dance category for his one-man show Solo, the Polish Perla prize for his production Lorca, and he has won many other accolades in the Czech Republic, other European countries and the USA. Since 2014 he has been listed as a noted artist in the Oxford Encyclopaedia. He received two nominations for the Divadelní noviny Prize for the productions Uter Que and VIP. In 2018, the International Theatre Institute awarded him its medal for long-term excellence and exceptional contribution to performing arts.

As a stage director and choreographer, he has to date created or co-created more than 100 productions. As a performer, he has presented his artistic achievements across Europe, in the USA, Asia and Africa. In his own works, he has mainly focused on mime, developing it in line with the contemporary trends, and occupied himself with nonverbal theatre, including as an educator and theoretician. Radim Vizváry is the artistic director of Mime Prague, the president of the international Mime Fest and the artistic director of the Artists in the Streets international festival in Tábor. He has collaborated with NDT/Korzo Theatre in The Hague, the University of Arts in Helsinki and numerous other prestigious institutions. At the National Theatre in Prague, he has created the choreographies for the productions of Janáček’s From the House of the Dead, Martinů’s Juliette (The Key to Dreams), Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Britten’s Billy Budd. As a director, he staged the National Theatre Opera’s 2017 adaptation of Donizetti’s farce Viva la Mamma and Prokofiev´s The Love for Three Oranges in 2019.

Radim Vizváry currently works with the new circus artistic group Losers Cirque Company, rebulding a new stage for circus and mime, Divadlo BRAVO! / Bravo Theatre (former Braník Theatre). Since January 2021 he has been the artistic director of the Laterna magika ensemble.