June 22 - 23, 2001 
In the garden of Cafébar Sedm,
Žižkovo náměstí 7, Tábor 

Theater 7 poster 2001

Program: the artists and the performances     Reviews    
History of the project     
Supporters and Sponsors    
Organizers and Contacts    

Friday June 22, 2001       

7 p.m. - Agý, Agú, Hú: "Katostrofanka"       
The performance consisted of two parts. There was a reading by Josef Musil in the first part where the author analyzes a relationship's structure inside a modern society. What follows is a reading of the poems and prose from other Agý, Agú, Hú literature workshop members.  

8 p.m. - Alex Švamberk (Tonton Macoutes): "Objevování pomalosti" (The Discovery of Slowness)  

This was an improvised butoh solo performance. It was inspired and named after the book written by Sten Nadolny. The performance was based on slow movements (bisok) and endeavors to point out a different attitude towards the movement in time, where the focus is not on speed but details, living through each single movement and feeling. The performance's premiere was at the festival in Boskovice last year. Tonton Macoutes recorded the accompanying music. Alex Svamberk
Alex Švamberk

9 p.m. - Koňmo: "Mlynář a jeho dcera"  
Konmo 1
Konmo 2

Saturday June 23, 2001       

Fairy Tales - theater for children:       
10 a.m. - Bechynský divadelní spolek Lužnice: "O veselém hrobaři" (About a happy grave-digger) (a fairy tale for everybody)   
It's a simple life story where death has its own place. We all have to face it, because it's a part of the human world. It's important to fight against it with humor. Then everything will end up well, just like this fairy tale.    

3 p.m. - Tatrmani: "Pohádky"   (fairy tales for school age children).  
Each student chose one fairy tale that made an impression on he or she when they were children or in their adult age. They transformed it into a theater play, made their own puppets and performed it with the help of other students. The result was an adaptation of these fairy tales: Kouzelné chřestidlo (totem puppets), Strašidelná pohádka (hand puppets), Jak se Dhruva stal hvězdou (shadow theater), O čtyrech malých prasátkách (maňásci) a Obrova zahrada (wire puppets).     

Tatrmani 1

7 p.m. - Jessica Ivry , violoncellist (USA)- solo concert plus improvised duet with drummer Olve Strelow (D)   Olve and Jessica
Olve Strelow and Jessica Ivry

8 p.m. - Luks: "Michal Hecht's Mime"       
Mime etudes, both original and adapted, they're funny and act out with an audience's help. Michal Hecht is a mime, director and a NATA teacher in Tampere (Finnish version of DAMU), also a DAMU teacher in Prague and a lecturer of theater workshops in the U.S. and elsewhere.  
Michal Hecht
Michal Hecht

9:30 p.m. - Theater group Benešova Hora: "Láska Dona Perlimpína a vášnivost Belisina"   
Erotic (not pornographic) act in three parts with Frederik Garcia Lorca's prologue with a theatrical climax and a tragic end. This recently-formed theater group premiered this piece at the festival Vyšebrodské divadelní dny in Spring 2001. 
Benešova Hora
Benešova Hora  

History of the project:    

The beginning of the project dates back to the summer of 1999 when the organizers from Cheiron, C.E.S.T.A., theater group Průvan and owners of Café bar Sedm were drinking coffee and enjoying the sun's rays in the garden of the Café bar Sedm. Today we don't even know who said: "It's so nice here, there's a stage, let's do something on it!" There were many ideas but what came out of the discussion was this idea: let's create a theater piece! Alena Bláhová of Průvan could write some play for us, we'd learn the text, invite friends and have fun. OK then, we should get together again soon. We did get together and the idea of producing a "tiny theater festival" started becoming clearer. Within the months of August and September we organized many meetings, made a bunch of phone calls to various amateur theater groups, looked for sponsors and made decisions about who will do what, where the artists will sleep, what they will eat,... We can't really comprehend even today how we were able to organize everything in such a short time. On the first weekend of September 1999 we welcomed seven theater groups at our 1st annual two-day festival (or "0" annual - what if it didn't work out..?) Theater Seven. Why seven? We were in Sedm and there were seven theater groups. Cheiron took care of the administrative stuff, Průvan made contact with theater groups, C.E.S.T.A. made food and accommodated artists, visitors and invited friends from abroad, Café bar Sedm got hold of the sponsorsand provided the venue, and all of us helped with the technical needs. It was a success. There were about 100 people in the audience, and many newspaper articles, but what was most important - we all shared meals, conversations, fun, and a self-satisfied feeling, met new people, started new friendships and decided to organize the second (first) annual festival the next year. That happened at the beginning of the school holidays in 2000, was an even bigger success than the first one and the homey atmosphere surpassed what we expected. So, we went on to plan the third annual festival.    

Financial and other support by:       
Město Tábor   
NROS (Program Gabriel)       
NROS (EU funds sheltering program Phare)       
MPSV CR, organizers   

organizers - contacts:     
Café bar Sedm  KC Cheiron T  C.E.S.T.A.  DS Průvan 
Žižkovo nám. 7  Děkanská 302  Novákova 387  Děkanská 302 
Tábor  Tábor  Tábor  Tábor 
0361/254040  0361-257624  0361-258004  0361/276127 
cheiront@volny.cz  cesta@mbox.vol.cz  

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