Michal Pěchouček

(*1973)
Director, scenographer, painter, visual artist

Michal Pěchouček ranks among visual artists, who have influenced the alternative movement of contemporary Czech scenography with his original attitude to the art of theatre. In his theatre work, he frequently combines painting, photography and video as means of expression. Since 2009, he has worked with Jan Horák on productions in MeetFactory and Hrdinů Studio in Prague, NODO Ostrava (In the Alps, 2016) or HaDivadlo in Brno (The Power of Habit, 2017).

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Pěchouček drew attention to his theatre activities with his production of Men Paint (MeetFactory, 2009) about art schools: the stage is made of large parallel platforms covered with a big white canvas in a frame, and a distinctive artwork is created during the production (as the play develops), which is accentuated by Pavel Karous’s sculpture at the end. As the author of scenography, he has participated in two productions in MeetFactory in Prague: The Sabre, 2010 and SY, 2011.

He is currently a director, visual artist or co-author of the Hrdinů Studio in Prague: The Church, 2012, The Emotional Poseur, 2013, Walser the Assistant, 2013, Marbot, 2014, Mr. Theodor Mundstock, 2016, Cell No., 2017, Some Messages to the Universe, 2017. Other productions he has made stage designs for are The Duchess and the Cook (National Theatre Brno, Reduta, 2015) or Black Black Woods (Cirk La Putyka, 2016). He made videos for the production of Enron (National Theatre, 2012), he is also engaged in radio production.

Michal Pěchouček graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, in 2003, he received the Jindřich Chalupecký Award. Since 1999, he has been teaching public courses in Praga Prima and he has been the curator and associate worker of 35M2 Gallery in Prague since 2007. In 2001, he and Tomáš Bambůšek created the Czech national exhibition for the world scenography exhibition PQ 2011.

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Michal Pěchouček

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