What is The Black Light Theatre?

The Black Light Theatre is a unique spectacle that will blow you away with its beauty, visual artistry and non-verbal intelligibility

Sample of black light theatre performance  

Prague Black Light Theatre will captivate both you and your children! It is a blend of pantomime, dance, music and a non-verbal theatre production.

In principle, the black light theatre relies on one simple optical illusion called „black box trick.“ This illusion profits from a weakness of human eye. Actors dressed in black cannot be seen against black background, you can only see the actors dressed in colorful costumes. Actors in black use various props and objects. These objects are lit by an ultraviolet light or by moving spotlights. Since the actors are "invisible", the objects seem to be moving on their own and actors in costumes make you believe they can fly!

The Black Light Theatre dates back to ancient China when its principle was used in magic shadow performances using candlelight. In the 18th century shadow theatre made its way to Japan where it was integrated into traditional Japanese puppet theatre under the name of „Bunraku.“ A French avantgarde artist Georg Lafaille is considered to be the founder of modern Black Light Theatre. He started The Black Light Theatre in France in 1950 and in 1955 Czech pupeteers imported it from France to Czechoslovakia.

In the sixties an outstanding Czech artist Jiří Srnec brought the Czech Black Light Theatre to its perfection gaining worldwide acclaim for his performances at many international Black Light Theatre festivals. Nowadays, Prague is a center of the Black Light Theatre which flourished especially in the 90’s after the so-called Velvet Revolution. Many Czech artists started to further develop Black Light Theatre and promote it on the Czech theatre stages. Here, we offer you tickets for many Prague Black Light Theatre performances. You can choose from the popular Image Theatre, the oldest and most famous Black Light Theatre of Jiří Srnec, the modern Black Light Theatre Wow or the Black Light Theatre Hilt.

And finally, there is the world-famous Laterna Magika, situated in the New Scene of the National Theatre. Laterna Magika combines film and theatre, pantomime, ballet, dancing, singing on stage, etc.,  using new technologies such as digital projection, new media (including real time programmable software ).
 
 

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