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Theatre Svoboda

by Jakub Hejna




Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at 5:30 pm




As part of Sarah Pierce's exhibition Illusions perdues / Lost Illusions - Part 3




Screening in Czech with English subtitles






















Theater Svoboda


The documentary film Theatre Svoboda looks back at the life of the pioneering Czech scenographer Josef Svoboda, through the eyes of his grandson Jakub Hejna. Retracing the footsteps of his grandfather, Hejna constructs a portrait of a man who changed the course of modern theatre, from the avant-garde of the 1940s up to the 1990s and through the futuristic vision of the 1960s.


Traveling through time and into Svoboda’s mind, the film surveys more than 30 years of production, exploring both the Czech National Theater and the scenographer’s studio. The documentary reveals the secrets of the stage sets themselves, but also of Svoboda’s informant activities for Czech State Security. Theatre Svoboda provides a unique perspective on the man responsible for the first multimedia projections, presented at the Czech Pavilion at Expo 67 in Montréal.


Sarah Pierce’s exhibition Illusions perdues / Lost Illusions - Part 3 held at SBC also includes recently discovered films made by Svoboda, generating a unique dialogue between the vision of the scenographer and Pierce’s work.



SBC thanks Jakub Hejna, YOUNG-FILM & Endorfilm.

























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Svoboda Theater

Czech Republic, 2011

98 minutes, color

Director: Jakub Hejna

For more information on the exhibition, please click HERE

This exhibition is presented as part of the SBC Gallery Sovereignty Targeted Program.

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