If you want to see the very best of Czech contemporary circus, you simply cannot miss the 19th Letní Letná festival, taking place from August 11 to 31. A strong feminine energy flows through this year’s programme, with the Czech Stage bringing together several significant projects from female contemporary circus artists. As well, 17 well-known domestic circus groups like the Losers Cirque Company are slated to make appearances alongside inventive artists like Ondřej Holba.
Held in a park near the centre of Prague for nearly two decades, Letní Letná, the international festival of contemporary circus and theatre, has played a large part in ensuring that Czech contemporary circus can today boldly compete with its international counterparts. The only show of its kind and scope in the Czech Republic and neighbouring countries, the festival devotes a separate Czech Stage to domestic contemporary circus. In fact, Letní Letná has helped to bring this art form into the public’s consciousness and has made it possible for Czech productions to be shown regularly in one place. This year, female contemporary circus artists are strongly represented in the form of solo projects. Irrespective of the dramaturgical intent of the festival, they express themselves through their projects in the same way, addressing problems and questions which are not unique to Czech viewers. ...
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