Jan Mikulášek (b. 1978) - After studying drama direction at the Janáček Academy of Musical Arts, which he did not finish, he worked as the artistic head of the Brno theatre Polárka. Together with other young theatre artists he helped make Polárka a closely-followed alternative theatre, focusing mostly on auteur work for as wide an audience spectrum as possible. He was also the artistic head of the Petr Bezruč Theatre, and worked regularly with the Reduta took over the leadership of the Theatre on the Balustrade in Prague. Mikulášek became director there. The theatre currently has the following productions by Mikulášek in its repertoire: "The V + W", "Europeana", "Bourgeoisie", "The Grey Seventies", "Foreigner" and "The Golden Sixties". Mikulášek's directorial approach frequently involves the dramatisation of novels, original scripts and auteur theatre. He works with cutting, detail, musical contrapposto and parallel plot unfolding. His other major source of inspiration is fine art, from which he "takes" an emphasis on mise-en-scene and lighting. A marked feature of his work is the way in which he plays with the meaning of speeches, context and associations on a given theme. He manages to materialise on stage entirely abstract, philosophical subjects, using very simple means.
22nd International Festival Theatre Pilsen Booklet (Printed Edition)