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Change / Exchange 2009

Change / Exchange 2009 brought contemporary Czech physical theater to American audiences at the Lit Moon World Theater Festival in Santa Barbara, California, and to The Marsh theater in San Francisco. This exchange was originally created a way to celebrate and also deepen the thirty year long relationship of mutual cooperation and admiration between James Donlon and Ctibor Turba, (famous performers, teachers, and directors of physical theater and mime in their own countries,) and their students. A new collaborative Czech-American physical theater performance “Flush” was created, which was well received in the US and at Alfred ve dvore Prague.

The effects of this project will be felt for years to come - the contacts which were made with organizations in the US will have benefits in new collaborations which are already in the planning stages.

Change/Exchange brought 4 Czech and Czech/American physical theater pieces (including a new premiere) to 3 cities, performing 28 times total, along with 4 workshops for approximately 100 students.

Participating Performances / Artists:
Albert's Fear - Vojta Švejda, Jiří Mraz, Martin Zpěvák, James Donlon
Polaris - Jan Beneš, Vojta Švejda, Jan Kalivoda
Brick Circk - Števo Capko
Flush - Howard Lotker, James Donlon, Charlie Oates

Lit Moon World Theater Festival, Flying Actor Studio, Motus at Alfred ve dvoře

Prague City Council, Nadace život umělce, San Francisco International Program