Ceremonial Assembly of the Academic Community of DAMU on the occasion of the beginning of the academic year 2021/2022

4 October 2021 from 14:00 to 16:00 The assembly is taking place in the DISK Theatre and will also be live-streamed to other areas of the faculty: DAMU Cafe (in English), Roof of DISK Theatre (in English), Classroom R110 (in Czech).

                                                                          Assembly programme

14pm - 14:15pm - Our faculty, our common space - speech by the Dean of the Faculty of Theatre of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague doc. MgA. Mgr. Mgr. Karel František Tománek on the opening of the academic year 2021/2022

14:15pm - 14:20pm - Free and responsible study at DAMU. Mgr. Michal Somoš

14:20pm - 14:25pm - Research by, about and for the arts at DAMU: opportunities, offers, support - speech by the Vice-Dean for Academic and Research Activities doc. RNDr. Mgr. Mgr. Alice Koubová, Ph.D., Ph.D.

14:25pm - 14:30pm - Opportunities for international cooperation at DAMU in the academic year 2021/2022 - speech by the Vice-Dean for International Activities doc. Mgr. Marek Bečka

14:30pm - 15pm - Awarding of the AMU Gold Medal to prof. Miloš Horanský in the presence of the AMU Rector PhDr. Ingeborg Radok Žádná

15pm - 16pm - Opening lecture of the academic year 2021/2022 by Polish director, playwright, stage designer, translator and teacher Krystian Lupa.

The program will include the announcement of the 2021 Dean's Award for significant contribution to the development of the faculty.

Faculty scholarships for the 2021 winter semester will also be announced.

The program at the DISK Theatre will be conducted in Czech language.

The entire program will also be translated into English, which will be available for viewing as part of the video streaming of the gathering at the above mentioned faculty premises.

Dean's leave is announced for Monday, October 4, 2021, from 14pm to 17pm.

Professor Miloš Horanský (1932) is theatre director, poet and theoretician. He studied theatre directing at the DAMU in Prague and the JAMU in Brno. After graduating in 1954, he worked in theatres in Nový Jičín, Ostrava, Opava, Prague, Cheb, Liberec and Kladno. In 1968, he became actively involved in the activities of the Club of Committed Non-Party Workers, which meant that he was temporarily banned from working in the theatre at the beginning of the normalisation period. In 1991-1993 he was the artistic director of the ABC Theatre in Prague. From 1991 he taught at the Academy of Performing Arts, and in 1994-1997 he was also its dean. During his tenure, he contributed significantly to the construction of the faculty library, study room and DISK Theatre by initiating the SOS DAMU project, which subsequently implemented the idea of its own performance space in the faculty building. In addition to his theatre activities, Miloš Horanský is the author of several collections of poetry.

Krystian Lupa (1943) is renowned Polish theatre director and set designer and teacher. His rise as an artist is strongly tied to Old Town Theatre in Krakow. Lupa is famous for his specific methods of working with the text and actors in very organic way also calling as „laboratory rehearsals “. His numerous productions based on texts of Polish classical writers Ignacy Witkiewicz, Witold Gombrowicz, on novels of Fyodor Dostoyevsky and on best representations of Austrian literature texts by Robert Musil, Werner Schwab, Rainer Maria Rilke and Thomas Bernhard won him an international acclaim. He also put on stage topics of American pop culture by staging the Factory 2 inspired by the life and work of Andy Warhol and the phenomenon of his legendary studio (2008). Since 2009 he has been working on the Persona.Triptych devoted to intriguing female personalities (Marilyn Monroe, Simone Weil and George Gurdjieff). His style usually refers to "metaphysical realism" and is based on psychoanalytic work with the "inner landscape of the actor." Krystian Lupa was awarded with numerous prestigious theatrical prizes and awards such as European Theater prize for 2009. Lupa often works outside Poland, in France or Lithuania for example.

24. September 2021