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Theater: Light in a Darkness

(This article expired 26.04.2014.)

From May 31-June 2, Czech physical theater actress Miřenka Čechová returns to Washington to present the original work LIGHT IN A DARKNESS with Radim Vizrahy and the Tantehorse Company at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

Light in a Darkness & The Death of the Marquis de Sade/Dante
Tantehorse Company

Acclaimed actress Miřenka Čechová, and her company Tantehorse from the Czech Republic will mount Light in a Darkness,a piece that combines surreal and decadent poetry with elements of physical theater and modern dance. Tantehorse Company initially focused on the strong Czech tradition of modern pantomime; however, the ensemble soon abandoned the world of fragile silence and went their own way through slapstick, comedy and black humor, with works tending towards surrealism and decadence.

Friday, May 31 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, June 1 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, June 2 at 4:00 pm

Length: 80 minutes with no intermission.
For a preview of the show, visit: http://atlasarts.org/event-types/dance/

Location: Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St NE  Washington, DC 20002

Miřenka Čechová, a native of the Czech Republic, is one of the leading proponents of physical theatre and physical mime in the world. Čechová has received much deserved recognition for her work. This includes prizes such as the Grand prix in the Polish theater festival Zdarzenia for her performance in The World of Condemned and the award from the festival Next wave for her performance in Trials 10/48/7830 about the murder of the female political prisoner Milada Horakova by the communist government.

​She was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role of the Fool in King Lear performed with the Synetic Theatre Company in Washington, DC, and is the recipient of the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble in the same play. She also received a Fulbright scholarship for lecturing and research at American University in Washington, DC. In addition to extensive touring and presentations throughout Europe, Čechová has also given master classes and lectures at universities and schools in Pennsylvania, Florida, and New York. 

​Čechová received the Prague 2012 Fringe Festival’s award for Outstanding Performance in June of this year, the Best of Fringe in Amsterdam for The Voice of Anna Frank and, in November 2012, The US premiere of S/He is Nancy Joe received the "Best of 2012 in Contemporary Dance" from the Washington Post newspaper.