Roman ČerníkDrama class
He was born in Cheb and the surroundings of this West-Bohemian city are his beloved location that he has been joyfully exploring since childhood.
He graduated from university before the Velvet Revolution, majoring in Czech and history. He taught at several schools in West Bohemia, mainly in Aš, where he experienced the great change that opened up the world for him. He travelled extensively and stayed abroad. He took advantage of the experience he gained in Scandinavia, especially Denmark, a country he loves, and incorporated it both into his teaching and public activities.
Democratic change enabled him to continue his studies. He studied drama in education, theatre anthropology as well as devising theatre with Ivan Vyskočil at DAMU (Faculty of Theatre, Prague Academy of Performing Arts). He drew a lot of inspiration from his collaboration with the Continuo theatre and the legendary Polish Teatr Osmego Dnia. He himself founded a lot of theatre groups (e.g. Tyan, Evrybáby, Druhé nástupiště) and carried out a number of theatrical, mainly site-specific projects in Aš, Pilsen and later also all around Czech Republic and the neighbouring countries. He is involved in “culture activism”. He was a co-author of the Pilsen – European City of Culture project and also initiated the transformation of the historical building of the Pilsen-Southern Outskirts railway station into an open cultural space called Moving Station of which he is currently director and head dramaturg. A teacher at West-Bohemian University in Pilsen and DAMU, Prague, he decidedly stands on the borderline between art and education, putting great emphasis on community development.
He is a father of two children – his daughter Marie (Bio Masha) is a performer, slam poet, stage designer and artist. His son Mikuláš is an environmentalist and environmental activist.
Roman tries to always be a strider, a pilgrim.
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About The Class
The class is designed to explore connections and common grounds between baroque techniques and principles (in theatre, architecture and landscape formation) and contemporary approaches to performance. We will work by means of devising theatre related to a specific location, i.e. create a site-specific project. Participants will learn about the model of an open and responsive methodology of creative work. They will gain both basic theoretical understanding and practical experience on seeking an authentic artistic shape.