Six Stages in Prague to Present New Plays

The New York Times

The best of Czech theater is coming to the stage in Prague from Feb. 21 through Feb. 29 as part of Mala Inventura (Small Inventory), a festival that gathers the best new theater performances from the last year and presents them all on six stages throughout the city. The event is intended to provide a second chance to see shows that have had their premieres but have no permanent home in which to stage repeat performances.

Twenty-one Czech pieces will be performed this year, the 10th festival, as well as, for the first time, two international acts: the Lithuanian choreographer Agnija Seiko and her creative team are presenting the dance opera “Wasted Land” and the German video artist and dancer Walter Bickmann is performing the work “Simplicity.” A festival co-founder, Sarka Havlickova, also recommends the new piece from the artistic group Handa Gote Research and Development. Called “Clouds,” it is focused on “family archaeology,” she said.

The pieces are chosen by committee; seven Prague production houses are asked to nominate two of their best performances from the past year.

“These are works, which are, in their opinion, capable of successfully competing on the international cultural scene,” Ms. Havlickova said. “The program is, in fact, a compilation of the seven different opinions and I think this is very special.”