Land of Body

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Laterna magika


The production is conceived as a movement and visual poem celebrating the human body perceived as a metaphor for landscape. 


It emphasizes its beauty, as well as differences, underlines vitality and fragility and reveals vulnerability in physical expression. The Land of Body portrays an intrinsic dialogue between old age and youth, accentuating love and mutual relations. Through references to myths and rituals, the production invokes the unity of humans and nature. Three generations of outstanding artists show their skills on the stage in different disciplines.  The authors thus explore permeability of the defined genres to create an artistic form on the edge of theatre and fine arts. Resembling a gallery of physical images that follow human beings on their path from childhood to the old age, the Land of Body evokes associations inviting the audience to construe their own stories. The poetic production combines pantomime, physical theatre, classical dance and breakdance, ground and air acrobatics with film technology. 


WARNING: A stroboscope is used in the performance.

The production does not require any language knowledge.

The production is appropriate for age 12 and over.

Program and cast

Approximate running time: 1 hour 10 minutes, no intermission


Ballerina: Zuzana Hrzalová

Old Dancer: Josef Kotěšovský

Young Dancer: Dylan Phillips

Mime: Matěj Petrák

Rope Acrobat: Alžběta Tichá

Acrobat: Matyáš Ramba; Jan Jirák

Aerial Acrobat: Martina Illichová; Lukáš Macháček

Girl: Josefína Strejčková

Voiceover: Rúnar Guðbrandsson


Creative team

Theme, choreography and staging - Radim Vizváry

Dramaturgy, Assistant stage director - Hana Strejčková

Music - Robert Jíša

Sets - Lucia Škandíková

Costume design - Petra Vlachynská

Light design - Karel Šimek

Sound design - Jan Brambůrek

Rigging - Tomáš Pintér

Film direction - Tereza Vejvodová

Photography - Antoan Pepelanov

Film make-up - Adéla Anděla Bursová

Film producer - Jindřich Trčka

Photo gallery
Vojtěch Brtnický
© Vojtěch Brtnický
Vojtěch Brtnický
© Vojtěch Brtnický
Vojtěch Brtnický
© Vojtěch Brtnický

The New Stage

A theatre building constructed in 1983, a stage with a specific dramaturgy. You can see there Laterna magika and Drama performances and a number of other original projects.


The New Stage today


After a period of 18 years independence (1992–2009) when the New Stage served as home stage for e ensemble Laterna magika, the New Stage became part of the National Theatre in January 2010, so did the Laterna magika ensemble.


The New Stage of the National Theatre serves nowadays as an open space for performing arts with its separate management, a separate managerial unit within the National Theatre. The programming focuses primarily on contemporary cultural trends. The spotlight is aimed at contemporary dance, progressive drama alternatives, interactive performances, urban culture phenomena, multimedia projects, family programs and more. The New Stage has been since January 2010 playing an active part at the cultural scene in Prague providing the original concept of creative artistic institution within the structure of National Theatre.


The New Stage is open to both Czech and international audience and the programming meets the needs of both audiences. The repertoire of the New Stage can be divided into three parts: performances  by the Drama and Ballet Ensemble of the National Theatre and performances by the artistic ensemble Laterna magika. The remaining third of the repertoire is devoted to international guest performances, local and international co-productions, emerging artists in theatre and visual arts, contemporary dance, workshops, conferences, festivals and other accompanying programs. The repertoire of the New Stage includes also a wide-range of special projects and one-off events that take place both in the New Stage building as well as the piazzeta of the National Theatre.


By car

To the centre (Old Town), approach on Masarykovo nábřeží (Masaryk embankment) in the direction from the Dancing House, at the fork crossroads in front of the National Theatre turn right to Divadelní street and then right again to Ostrovní street to the National Theatre car park. Parking costs 50 CZK/h. 


By tram

By daytime trams Nos. 6, 9, 18 and 22 or night trams Nos. 53, 57, 58, 59 to the stop “Národní divadlo”, by daytime tram No. 17 to the stop “Národní divadlo”.


By metro

To the station “Můstek”, line B (yellow), and then by foot along Národní street, or to the station “Karlovo náměstí” and then two stops by trams No. 6, 18 or 22 to the stop “Národní divadlo” To the station “Staroměstská”, line A (green), and then two stops by tram No. 17 to the stop “Národní divadlo”. 

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