The Foundation of Ta Fantastika Theatre and its Repertoire
A few steps after completing a fascinating walk over Charles’ Bridge, you find yourself in the picturesque Karlova Street, which is the main artery of the Royal Way and links Malá Strana and the Old Town Square. Halfway down Karlova Street, in the UNITARIA Palace is one of the biggest cultural tourist attractions – the world-famous black-light TA FANTASTIKA PRAHA Theatre.
The company was founded in 1980 in the United States, to which founder Petr Kratochvíl had emigrated from the former Czechoslovakia. After the revolution in 1989, Petr Kratochvíl returned home, where in 1993 he obtained the UNITARIA Palace in the historical centre of Prague and turned it into the home of TA FANTASTIKA Theatre.
The new theatre immediately made a name for itself both in the Czech Republic and abroad and in the last few years it has toured in more than thirty countries across three continents. In contrast to other black-light theatres, the repertoire is made up of large, classical performances based on novels, such as “Don Quixote”, “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Little Prince”, as well as original plays such as “Magic Fantasy”, “Dream” and “The Garden of Earthly Delights”. All these performances by our theatre are, however, nonverbal. The only language is movement, music, black-light and mechanical effects, puppets and, in particular, large-screen projections, which communicate with the actors. A visual, creative world, space for fantasy, the poetry of the magic lantern – all of these come together to make up the world of the TA FANTASTIKA Theatre. Thanks to these approaches, which are comprehensible by all and which break down language barriers, our performances are successful and popular throughout the world. “Aspects of Alice”, which has been running for an unbelievable 19 years, has been performed more than 7,000 times throughout the world. Our newest show, the “Little Prince”, and the following Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” have the same high ambitions.
“ASPECTS OF ALICE”
A classic black-light theatre performance based on “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. A performance whose imagination, poetry and perfect technical effects have been admired by audiences in more than thirty countries across three continents. It is not an exact stage copy of the book, but begins when Alice stops being a little girl. On the stage, with the help of your imagination, the author enables Alice to go through all the beautiful and sweet stages of growing up, first loves, awakening to adulthood, gathering experience, laughter and tears, happiness and sadness. All against the backdrop of old Prague, its architectural jewels, its rich history and also its role as a crossroads of Christian and Jewish culture.
Before your eyes you will see the Cathedral of Saint Vitus come to life, as it was under Charles IV, you will pass through the mysterious environment of the Jewish cemetery in the Old Town and you will later taste the freedom returned to a country in the heart of Europe, to the accompaniment of Smetana’s wonderful music.
The creative design, the large-screen projections, the animated film produced specially for this performance, the puppets, the unique stage tricks and black-light effects, the wonderful contemporary music by Petr Hapka, the classical music from the My Country symphony by Bedřich Smetana and the Slavonic Dances by Antonín Dvořák and your imagination – all this comes together to bring about the resulting theatre experience, which cannot be seen in any other theatre.