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Sylva Zimula Hanáková


Sylva Zimula Hanáková studied at the Faculty of Education of Masaryk University and at the Faculty of Theatre of the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno. After graduating, she joined the Divadlo Husa na provázku theatre in Brno, where she stayed from 1991 to 1995. One of the finest Czech costume designers, she has been engaged in theatre, film and television. She has regularly collaborated with the Divadlo Husa na provázku and the Municipal Theatre in Brno, the National, Vinohrady, Komedie and Dejvice Theatres in Prague, etc. She has designed the costumes for a number of Vladimír Morávek’s productions, including The Master and Margarita (Husa na provázku Theatre), Turandot (Gothenburg Opera), A Gentle Creature (L’Apostrophe Theatre, Paris), The Marriage and Cyrano de Bergerac (Vinohrady Theatre, Prague), Rusalka (National Theatre in Brno) and Macbeth (Prague National Theatre). Moreover, she has worked with the Czech stage directors Juraj Deák, David Jařab, Jiří Nekvasil and Vlastimil Peška, and the Norwegian stage director Victoria Meirik. Sylva Zimula Hanáková has also created the costumes for Pavel Jandourek’s film Maharal – Tajemství talismanu (Maharal – The Secret of the Talisman), and David Jařab’s movies Vaterland, lovecký deník (Vaterland, A Hunting Logbook) and Hlava, ruce, srdce (Head, Arms, Heart; nominated for the prestigious Czech Lion award for outstanding visual work). She also worked with the director Jiří Menzel on the productions of Cosi fan tutte (State Opera in Budapest) and Much Ado About Nothing (Summer Shakespeare Festival in Prague, 2014), and the film Donšajni (Skirt Chasers). Frequently invited to Czech Television, she has designed costumes for numerous adaptations of fairy tales and for 13 episodes of the popular Četnické humoresky (Cops and Robbers) TV series.