Amazing Illusions in Prague Black Light Theatre Performances

3 September, 2009

Prague Black Light Theatre

Prague is famous for its black-light theatre – also called the ‘black theatre’.  This performance is a hybrid of mime, drama, dance and special effects in which live actors wearing fluorescent costumes do their thing in front of a black backdrop.  They do seemingly impossible acts such as ‘flying’ across the stage, bouncing to incredible heights and disappearing in the middle of the stage.  Actually there are assistants dressed completely in black that blend into the backdrop and help create these illusion by lifting the performers around.

We watched our first Black Light Theater performance at Ta Fantastika.  This theatre produces black-light performances based on classic literature and legends such as Alice in Wonderland, Excalibur, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Joan of Arc.. thus explaining some of the props (see picture below) in their box office.

Black Light Theatre

The ‘Aspects of Alice” performance play daily at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m and tickets cost 680 CZK.  Note that there could be some nudity in the performance (done in an artistic manner).  Check out the preview video below for more details.

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Prague Black Light Theatre Ta Fantastika

This Ta Fantastika performance is an adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”.  However, this is not a word-by-word theatrical rendition of the original, but it begins at the point where Alice comes to the end of her childhood.  According to the Ta Fantastika website, this performance enables you to use your fantasy to experience all the beautiful moments of Alice’s growing-up, her first loves, awakening adulthood, understanding of life, laughter and tears, joy and sadness.

Check out some of the interesting black light theater illusions performed:

The girl appears to be balancing on a very unstable pole 🙂

Prague Black Light Theatre Ta Fantastika Preview

Wow such climbing skills!  That skill would have come in handy when I was handling the Standard Obstacle Course during my National Service Army days.  🙂

Prague Black Light Theatre Ta Fantastika Pillow

As promised – a video preview of the Black Light Theatre performance (Note: NSFW Alert!  Nudity starts at the 2-minute mark)

Ta Fantastika Black Light Theatre is located conveniently near the Charles Bridge.

There are also other Black-light theatres performing acts of different genres e.g. Divadlo Image Theatre at Parizska 4, Stare Mestro.  This company uses creative black-light theatre along with pantomime, modern dance and video and included liberal doses of slapstick to tell its stories.

Check out the different black-light theatre performances that Prague has to offer via the following videos:

Zhiqiang & Tingyi

Comments (9)

  • euniceReply

    4 September, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I also thought of catching a performance at the theatre but my friend suggested me to watch one in Vienna instead and we did enjoy ourselves very much in the end. How long were you in Europe?

    • TingyiReply

      4 September, 2009 at 9:47 pm

      We traveled for a total of 17 days in Europe, spending a total of S$2.7K (airfare and accommodation inclusive). You may refer to the trip itineraries to see the routes we traveled. 😉

    • ZhiqiangReply

      4 September, 2009 at 10:39 pm

      @eunice, did you catch a black light theatre performance in Vienna? didnt know they have it there 🙂
      As TY said, we travelled around Central Europe for 17 days – Prague was our second last stop.

  • ShawnReply

    26 August, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Hi Zhiqiang

    you manage to see all the blacklight show? Which one do you recomend?

    • Zhiqiang & TingyiReply

      26 August, 2010 at 1:48 pm

      no i only saw one – the alice in wonderland one; suggest you go for the one near the old town square – might be better

  • MekiReply

    21 May, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Very disappointed in your blog on La Fantastika- Aspects of Alice. It is the worst show- especially for a family. Poor acting, poor displays. You forgot to mention that Alice- goes nude in the 2nd act, kisses another Alice and parades on stage for 10 minutes, in just her underware. Really- is that the kind of show people should travel to Pargue to see.

    • Zhiqiang & TingyiReply

      21 May, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      We did indicate in this blog post that there are some nudity in the show. 🙂

  • TheodorReply

    28 January, 2015 at 1:18 am

    I have to agree with Meki. I feel very bad about some black light theatre productions here in Prague – beside them there are others with great shows… Ta Fantastika is really theatre I am not proud about as I am from Prague and also own my tour based theatre group HILT…

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