Amazing Illusions in Prague Black Light Theatre Performances3 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.
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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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 🙂
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. 🙂
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: