Black Light Theatre, Prague
We hve seen the show of other black light theatres with my wife, but this group HILT makes absolutely different shows from others. There is much of effects of darkness and UV light but also much of modern dance. The stage changes every few minutes and all you can do is to wonder and wonder how exciting the show is. Great job from this group, really special experience. For those who are visiting Prague it is one of places you have to visit. Be careful, there are more black light theatre productions and all of them are not in the same level of their shows. This ones website is http://hilt-theatre.cz
Address: HILT - Royal theatre, Vinohradska 48
as I wrote review on Reduta club, I wanna to tell you about Reduta theatre. The reason why I makinng this review is simple. I just like this place. It starts with live music. Who don't know what I'm talking about take a look in my other reviews. My point is to write about me experience about things to do in Prague. This time it is theatre. I went to Image theatre and Reduta theatre. So I can compare it. The winner is clear. In Reduta you can feel some history and tradition. The performance was good. It was about traveling Prague in the dream. You cannot be too easy tease. It shows reality of this city:) The name is Magic Trip to Prague or something. Check it out :)
Address: Narodni 20, Prague 1
Phone: +420 224 933 487
Website: http://www.blacklighttheatre.euRelated to:
Please do not take your kids here. The show Alice: which is based on the character Alice in Wonderland- get undressed in the second act and parades around the stage for 10 minutes. Not really sure what is the point- but a sad turn of events for a show. Also, the quality of the show is just poor. We asked in advanced if it was ok for kids, and they lied. Poor quality, waste of money and a bad memory for the kids- how sad.
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
Address: Ta Fantastika Theatre Old Town, Prague 1
Directions: Old Town, Prague 1, almost next to the Karlova bridgeRelated to:
I highly do not recommend this theater show since not only it is expensive but also offers no value and interest. Also, the characters/actors of the show just keep coming back on the scene with no importance or relevance and just to take time from the show. There are many significant and comprehensive shows with reasonable prices.
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.
Address: Pařížská 4, 110 00 Praha 1, Czech republic
Directions: Just near Staromestske nam.Related to:
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?!
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.
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.
Address: Theater Broadway, Na Prikope 31, Prague 1
Directions: City centre.
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.
Address: Karlova 8
Directions: Between Old Town and St. Charles Bridge at Ta Fantastica Theatre
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.
Address: Parizska 4
Directions: The show takes place at the Image Theatre, at Parizska 4. The show starts at 8pm and bookings in advance are recommended. You can purchase tickets from the entrance kiosk or from ticket shops around Prague.
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.
Address: Na Prikope 10
Directions: In the second courtyard ot the Palace Savarin
Phone: 00420 281 932 665
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.
Address: Novotného lávka 1 * Prague 1 - Staré mesto
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.
Address: i'll look into it
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.
Directions: From the Old Town Square, walk down Parizska and it's 20 metres on the right.
Website: http://www.imagetheatre.czAdd to your Trip Planner