Šimon Caban

(*1963)
Architect, director, scenographer, photographer

Šimon Caban can be labelled a universal stage, theatre and film artists: together with his brother Michal and his wife Simona Rybáková, he has been part of the well-liked team since the 1990s as they are able to design one-time corporate presentation and festive events (since 1997, they provided scenic supervision of the International Film Festival Karlovy Vary ceremony. Music is a defining element in Šimon Caban’s theatre production: he creates compact directing and scenographic concepts for opera and musical productions.

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Šimon Caban has worked in many theatres in the Czech Republic. He realizes his stage designs and is a director in the National Theatre (The Cunning Little Vixen 2003, Orpheus in the Underworld 2017), State Opera (Candide 2006), musical scenes in Prague, such as Kalich (Hamlet 1999, Galileo 2003, The Baroness 2005), Hybernia (Golem 2006), Broadway (Angelika 2007, Dinner for Adele 2008). His realizations can be seen in the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava (Pardon My English 2011, Guys and Dolls 2012, Funny Girl 2014, Romeo and Juliet 2017), or Klicpera Theatre in Hradec Králové (Sexmission 2012). Audiences in the City Theatre Brno had the opportunity to see Caban’s production Naked Muse (2010) and his own project Mucha’s Epic with Aleš Březina’s music (2010). He wrote and directed The Man with Camellias (2013) for Buranteatr in Brno and he collectively participated in directing and stage design of Universal Sci-Fi (2016). Šimon Caban’s recent work can be seen in Studio DVA in Prague: The Incredibly Sad Princess (2016), Little Girl – Christmas Tale (2013).

In 1999, he and Simona Rybáková received the Golden Triga for the Czech section exhibition at the world stage design exhibition Prague Quadrennial. Šimon Caban received the special award of the Architecture Grand Prix in 2004 for his architectural work (detached houses, reconstruction of UPP offices). In 1945-1990, he also created photographs now exhibited in Centre G. Pompidou and Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague.