Adámek Jiří


Director, author, university teacher

Adámek and theatre company Boca loca Lab have developed an innovative type of music or sonic theatre with the mixture of music structure, stylized acting and a special attitude to language (fragmentation or rhythm-like words, playing with semi-abstract clusters of syllables and speech sounds).

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As a director, author of librettos and music compositions in scenic projects, he has worked with the National Theatre Brno (Pravidla společenského chování v moderní společnosti, 2017), National Theatre in Prague (Po sametu, 2014), Alfred ve dvoře Theatre (Bludiště seznamů, 2016), Roxy-NoD Experimental Space (Na útěku, 2016). Apart from individual authorial and directing partnerships, he has worked with his theatre company Boca Loca Lab since 2007 (e.g. Evropané, 2008 in Roxy-NoD Experimental Space; Požár, 2011 and Tiká tiká politika, 2006 v at the festival 4+4 Days in Motion). He has also worked for children and the youth in Minor Theatre in Prague (Libozvuky, 2015; Z knihy džunglí, 2007). He works with Czech Radio as an author and director (e.g. the cycle of one-minute plays for Czech Radio – Vltava).

He graduated from theatre directing at KALD DAMU (2002). He is now the head of the Directing and Dramaturgy Cabinet at KALD DAMU.

Adámek has received various awards: Music Theatre Now! in Germany and the Award for Original Theatre Piece at the Kontakt festival in Torun for the production of Tiká tiká politika (2006). The Evropané project (2008) received the award for the best young director at the Mess festival (Bosnia and Herzegovina). The production Z knihy džunglí (2007) received the Alfred Radok Award for stage design, was awarded in three categories at Mateřinka 2007 in Liberec and received the main prize at the Banialuka festival 2010 in v Bialsko-Biała. The Next Wave festival 2007 appointed Adámek the Person of the Year in alternative theatre for music and scenic compositions and their theoretical reflection. He and Martin Smolka received the Theatre Newspaper Award 2014 for the opera Sezname, otevři se!