Pitínský, Jan Antonín


Following grammar school and two years' study at the Central School of Librarianship in Brno, he held a number of jobs. In 1985 he was one of the founders of the Ochotnický kroužek (Amateur Circle) in Brno, where he worked as an author and director, with productions including his own dramatisations of Kafka's America, and the play Pineapple and The Mother. Since 1990 he has devoted himself exclusively to theatre direction: in 1990-1992 at HaDivadlo, while from 2000-2002 he was the joint artistic head of the Theatre on the Balustrade. As a guest director, he now works with dozens of theatres, both small and large, throughout the Czech Republic. He has a distinctive directorial style, with a focus on details and a musical sense that makes itself felt in the melody and rhythmisation of the speech. Pitinský's humble interpretation of a text is then developed dramatically by his strong directorial imagination, connected with the frequent use of associative montage methods. His signature directorial style is characterised by the visualisation of people's inner states, a feel for musical elements and for the precise rhythmisation of stage gestures. Unsurprisingly, he is one of the Czech Republic's most award-winning directors. He won the Alfréd Radok Award for the best production of the year in 1995 for Sister Anxiety (Dejvice Theatre, Prague) and then again in 1996 for his oratorium for actors, Job (HaDivadlo, Brno). His production of Bernhard's play Ritter, Dene, Voss gained him first place in a critics' survey in 1996. In 1998 his production of Henry Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas at the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Pilsen was voted the production of the year in a Divadelní noviny (Theatre News) survey, and also won an Alfréd Radok Award. A year later, he won an Alfréd Radok Award for Bernhard's Histrionics at the Theatre on the Balustrade. In 2004 he won the Sazka and Divadelní noviny award for his production of Ibsen's Nora (7 and a Half Theatre) and for The Cunning Little Vixen (Slovácko Theatre, Uherské Hradiště, 2004). In 2005 he won a Slovak Dosky award for his direction of Bernhard's play The Ignoramus and The Madman at the Slovak National Theatre. His production of The Death of Hippodamia (City Theatre and Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonia, Zlín) was nominated for an Alfréd Radok Award in 2006. In 2007 he was presented with the Czech Culture Ministry Award for his contribution to theatre. In addition to his own plays, he has also written numerous dramatisations, stage adaptations and poetry. Scource: dntz