Black Light Theatre, Prague
Take in some black light theatre. There are a few sites around showing different performances but for location and choice I would recommend the Image Theatre. You'll be paying about 10 pounds Kc500 to Kc550 for the performance but, you don't go here all the time so it's worth it. Remember Black Light Theatre relies on the use of light reflecting properties on props or figures likely to be suspended by sticks or cables. To get the full effect, sit towards the back of the theatre and you won't see the tell tale outlines of figures on the stage that the front seats get. Lookout for the 'Best of Image' or 'Nightflight'. Professional performance art. Highly Recommended.
This typically Czech art form is played out in a varied programme of shows and takes the visitor on a path from total darkness to vivid lights and colours in the extreme.
The intense darkness of black theatre is full of fantasy. Poetic pictures approach from the mysterious and almost indefinite depth of a black cabinet. You cannot see the actors as they are invisible. Then suddenly you can see them, rather well, and almost dangerously close.
Dance forms a major part of the show, which stops in frequent intervals for the dancers to change costumes. During these little breaks, two pantomime actors take charge in a hilarious journey of comedy and audience participation.
Be prepared to be amazed, laugh, get surprised. This is a show not to be missed.
The heavenly music composed by one of Hollywood’s best composers, pre-formed by the philharmonic orchestra of Los Angeles will capture your heart.
The universal story of a child. During the performance spectators themselves become children and must cope with their fear to be able to get to the very end of the performance.
In this magnificent performance which combines traditional techniques with modern pyrotechnics, the magic of the Black light theater (which was created and matured in Czechlands) reaches its peak.
The performance is suitable for people of all ages.
Language is no barrier here as the Black Light Theatre is a combination of music, special lighting effects, dance, mime and puppets. The show we saw was set to The Beatles? soundtracks and is a nice alternative to all the classical concerts that are everywhere. A very entertaining evening for about $16.
Aspects of Alice was an incredible show. I can't really figure out how they did it but with a combination of black light technology and Lewis Carroll type imagination, a great show emerged. The show was adult in fashion but very tasteful and follows, in mime with music, the life of Alice when she reaches the end of innocence. There play contains a spledid mixture of comedy, beauty, and imagination that made this play a howling success. There is also an Pub right next door which serves Absinthe! Wink Wink.
To my embarrassment, when I was going to Prague, I thought there is only one black light theater :) In fact I seen several when walking around the city. I have attended the black light theater called Image, it is just near the Staromestske nam. The performance called Black Box and consisted of acrobatic dances and short funny sketches between them. Though there were no warning announced, I wouldnt recommend to attend this performance with kids (during the sketches were shown a lot of drinking, smoking and heroine snort).
Generally, the sketches were funny, with audience involvement, some black humor, but dances looked to me boring.
Price is 480 CZK, still not too expensive option to fill in your evening in Prague.
This theatre specialises in Marionette Theatre although the perfomances are often a mix between marionette, black light and visual magic. Among its performances are a production of the Beatles movie "The Yellow Submarine", and of the Opera "Don Giovanni". Combinations of traditional baroque stage mechanism, with marionette puppets and live actors interact under the title "Magic Theatre of Baroque World" provide a very entertaining evening understandable by all languages and cultures.
The Black Theatre is so odd I find it very difficult to describe or explain, but I will do my best!
The production we saw was part dance, part mime, part comedy, part tragedy. It feels both ancient and modern at the same time - and has a mad inventor, a pigeon on a wire squirting water over the audience, and men in luminous bodysuits dancing. What more can you want?!
This company held a smaller show - only about 50-60 seats in the room. The bar was fairly well stocked, and a great place to arrive about 1hour before the show to get in the mood and give the company some patronage.
so the gist is that they created a blacklight dancetheatre performance around the Yellow Submarine record. The actors were amazing and for their budget a well done act! I highly recommend this show, hopefully it's still on.
This is a charming theater with actors playing in special ultra light and it is very lovely idea.
We went and saw "Cats in Prague".
If you have the option to remove the FLASH from your camera you will be able to take great photos.
I couldnt remove the flash so i dont have pictures.
The concept of the Black light show was used in China for the entertainment of Emperors. Japan then used the technique in the 18th century for their puppet theaters. In the 1950’s French puppeteers used this trick. In the 1980’s Czech theaters such as La Fantastika used blacklight throughout the whole performance.
The concept of the black light theater had in the past been guarded by secrecy. What occurs is that actors cover themselves in Black clothing and masks. Against the black background an optical illusion is created where the people in black disappear into the background. Florescent lights make florescent painted objects visible. The objects appear to hover and move independently when the people in black manipulate them. Inanimate objects seem to become actors themselves. Dancers in florescent clothing can with the help of people in black costume, appear to float. In order for everything to work the theater must be completely dark. If light comes in the people in black will be exposed.
The Wow show is a great example of black light theater. The story is that you are in someone else’s dream. We see a story of a man searching fir the child inside of him who is trapped in his fears. The man is accompanied by a dwarf. When he looks into himself he sees different rooms within his soul. In each room he rescues the child from his fears and receives a gift that strengthens him.
Spoiler alert: Do not read if you are going to the show.
In the dream world, there is a room of tears. Water drops go into the audience at that point. There is a room of spiders which we see on stage. Suddenly from the back of the stage spiders pop up and go into the audience. Member who did not expect this, scream. It was pretty cool to have this close up participation. All in all it is something to experience while in Prague.
If you have never seen a black light theatre performence, you should not leave Prague without seeing at least one. There are several. I have seen several including Aspects of Alice. It is uniq and funny and good theater. Haakon from Norway
When in Prague the illusory creations and altered realities in a Black Light Theatre is a must to see. The one I went to is Ta Fantastika, but there are many others such as All Colours Theatre, The Jiøí Srnec Theatre, ACT Theatre, The F. Kratochvíl Black-light Theatre, Image Theatre etc. In Aspect of Alice (my choice) Ta Fantastika combines black-light theatre effects with animated film with live actors. Great show.
One of the black theatres is located just near the old squre. we saw a grate funny show call 'The Cabinet' - they also have a colection of many unusable muchines like a teloscope for looking at eggs...
Experience the Black Theatre, we chose the 'IMAGE' because it came the most reccomended and we were not disappointed.
It is a distinct new art form that amuses you as well as makes you wonder on how they do it at times. I think you should sit in the front row and maybe they will invite you to actually participate in the show as they did me. I was on stage for about 5 minutes doing a pantomime with one of the actors. A friend caught this pic of me, Thanks to Dorrit for the pic.