Martin Chocholoušek

(*1976)
Stage designer

Martin Chocholoušek entered the theatre and scenographic practice relatively soon: after having graduated, he immediately got a contract in the Dejvice Theatre in Prague, started to create scenographic designs for productions in the National Theatre and he also became frequently associated with director Vladimír Morávek. He also creates scenographic designs for musicals abroad – in Sweden and Romania in particular.

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In the Czech Republic, Martin Chocholoušek’s work is associated with the Dejvice Theatre in Prague, where he cooperated with director Miroslav Krobot, Petr Zelenka and Vladimír Morávek. Thanks to the experience, he got an opportunity to work in Swedish opera: he participated in Sunset Boulevard directed by Ronny Danielsson in Wermland Opera in Karlstadt, where he also met light designer Thomas C. Hase. The most famous Chocholoušek’s stage designs in Sweden are productions of Turandot in the Gothenburg Opera, Les Miserables and Miss Saigon in Malmö Opera.

The selected works in the Czech Republic include: The Thirty-Nine Steps (Dejvice Theatre, 2008, directed by David Ondříček), Uncle Vanya (National Theatre, 2013, directed by Michal Dočekal), Perfect Happiness or 1789 (National Theatre, 2014, directed by Vladimír Morávek), Three Musketeers (Klicpera Theatre Hradec Králové, 2015, directed by David Drábek), Haarmann (X10 Theatre, 2016, directed by Ewa Zembok) and others.

Martin Chocholoušek graduated from stage design at the Department of Alternative and Puppet theatre, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in Pavel Kalfus’s studio, later in Miroslav Melena’s and Irena Marečková’s studios. In 2003, he was the main architect at the International Film Festival Karlovy Vary and in 2005, he received the Alfréd Radok Award for his stage design of Sync Swimmers (Klicpera Theatre, Hradec Králové, 2008, directed by David Drábek). As a film designer, he is associated with films The Brothers Karamazov (2008, directed by Petr Zelenka) and Tales of Common Insanity (2005, directed by Petr Zelenka).

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