Jan Mikulášek

(*1978)
Director, scenic music composer, teacher

He creates impressive stylized images, his aesthetics is characterized by extensive imagination, many metaphors, playing with the meaning of dialogues, contexts, associations to a selected topics, declared theatricality he uses to disrupt the reality or unified genres in staged texts, multiplication of characters on the stage, using the film editing as well as recent fragmented forms of sketches and gradual resignation regarding the text.

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In 2001, he was appointed the artistic director of Polárka Theatre; his dramatization of Stevenson’s The Suicide Club and Dario Fo’s Archangels Do Not Play Billiard. He was later invited to the NDM in Ostrava, where he staged Caligula (2003), then Hedda Gabler or Oedipus. In 2005-2008, he was the art director of the Petr Bezruč Theatre in Ostrava; he staged Three Sisters, Wild Duck and the adaptation of Eugene Onegin, Nineteen Eighty-Four and The Wuthering Heights. As a regular director of the National Theatre in Brno, he staged V+W: The Letters, or Golden Sixties, or Hamlets and Hedonists at the Theatre on the Balustrade. He also works with the National Theatre in Prague.

He did not finish his studies at JAMU in Brno, he is currently the regular director of the Theatre on the Balustrade and teaches at the Department of the Alternative Theatre at DAMU.

He received the Alfréd Radok Award 2013 for the production of Golden Sixties as the Best Production. The production of Eugene Onegin was awarded the Czech Literary Fund Foundation in 2007.

“Although it may sound paradoxically with a celebrated and progressive director, Mikulášek’s method is illustration. What is said is also played, completed or complemented with expressive props. This naïve method can be used with a hyperbole and invention – he thus creates a new world.”
Vojtěch Varyš, Týden

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