FRANTIŠEK KRATOCHVÍL

born in Prague, 1934

In a new original František Kratochvíl ´s approach to the black light theatre, you will experience a common day and maybe a bit usual life. The performance connects several principles of black

theatre into one non-verbal performance. It is a mixture of basic three-dimensional black theatre,

comics, dance and pantomime. You will see humorous and grotesc parts and also poetry of drawn black theatre, contemporary dance pieces alternate with classical ballet and this all is tied together by

the performance of the main characters. The performance is interactive and the spectators are

welcome to take part in the show.

Black light theatre

After that, he founded an independent author`s "Black Light Theatre of František Kratochvíl" dedicated to animation of drawings. Since then he has been collaborating with a short film, Czech Television and television studios abroad (Germany, Finland, Austria, France, Poland, etc.). All new scenes of this young new theatre were based primarily on the fact that an object came to life on stage. The fact that young artists had the ability to express this revival led to success and spontaneous acceptance. The important thing was that their scenes were imaginative, sophisticated and unpredictable for viewers. This great result lay in the youth of the entire company. Actors, authors and theatre itself.
During the theatrical activity when the company of the Black Light Theatre travelled around the world theatre festivals, the author exhibited occasionally humorous graphics and drawings.
Most of the topics in theatre production, graphics, drawings and paintings relate to the relationship between a man and a woman expressed always with humor and metaphor. In 2014, he created a cycle of paintings – a book "Cherchez la Femme" based on these ideas and experience.

The book "Cherchez la Femme"

The introduction to this publication was written by František Kratochvíl`s friend, a film and theatre director, screenwriter, winner of two Oscars, three Golden Globes, and a number of other prestigious awards, Miloš Forman: "If a man tells you, that he understands women then it shows that he has never loved anyone (besides himself). I was lucky (or unlucky?) that I was twice in love in life. And I can responsibly tell you that the more I was in love, the less I understood women.
Their moods, reactions, requirements and tears had always caught me off guard. I don`t know the personal life of František Kratochvíl, the author of this book, but take a look at his drawings. This is a pathetic self-defense. This is the testimony, but also the desire for revenge. There is all of our efforts to find the logic in the incredibly rich and mysterious inner life of our loves.
However, don`t be desperate. Whenever you are overcome by anxiety of the inability to understand the soul of your beloved, open this book. You may not be any wiser, but you will feel relieved. "