26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Five Books

Theatre performance for 12 viewers (in Czech)


The performance by Vendula Tomšů and Ian Mikyska will take the audience through various epochs of the universe, the planet and our present, using books, sounds, poetry and their own breath. In an intimate space, together they question our position in relation to the planet, the sun or our breathing.


The performance was created with the support of KALD DAMU. In 2021, the performance is part of the Nová krev na scéně programme of the Nová síť organization.


Creative team


Vendula Tomšů

Visual artist and set designer. She studied at the Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre at DAMU. Her work focuses mainly on original projects for smaller audiences, in which she explores a closer relationship between performer and spectator. This is the case with the performance Veduty (Vedutas, 2017) and Pět knih (Five Books, 2020). She is one of the founding members of the theatre group 8 lidí and the association Zvěřinec, which is dedicated to the development of cultural and community life in the Zlín region.


Ian Mikyska

Composer who mostly works at the fringes of sound – as an author of installations, performances, books and videos. He studied composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and is currently completing an MA in Directing at the Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre at Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU). He leads the Prague Quiet Music Collective and Stratocluster ensembles. He has also published the book Partitury pro čtenáře. He is the author of the jingle of the public address system in the village of Sedlice in the Pelhřimov region. He works as Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Czech Music Quarterly magazine and as a translator from Czech to English.

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