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27 December 2011 / leggypeggy

Black Light Theatre—a special performance in Prague

Some of the cast from the Black Light Theatre.

A special bonus during our stay in Prague was a visit to the Image Black Light Theatre. This kind of theatre occurs around the world, but is considered a specialty of Prague.

Each performance showcases light, music, colour, dance, pantomime, drama and humour. Performers are a cross between dancers and acrobats. They use black curtains, a darkened stage and ‘black lighting’ (UV light), coupled with fluorescent costumes, to create visual illusions.

Tom’s* dad is friends with the owner, so we had free tickets for a performance of The Cabinet. This show features the unexpected and wonderful things that happen to someone when they enter The Cabinet—complete with various whirligigs, wheels, cranks, horns, bells, whistles and human movement.

This theatre, which has been going for 21 years, includes four other shows—Afrikania, Black Box, Studio Clip and The Best of Image. Performances rotate, and a different one is shown each night. There is also a troupe that performs abroad regularly. They’ll be touring in China and Mexico in 2012.

A round of applause.

The main theatre is based in a lovely old building on Parizska or Paris Street, one of Prague’s prettiest boulevards.

Photographs of the performance are not allowed, but I took pics before the show and during the encore. There are also images on the theatre’s website. Do have a look and be sure to click on the English translation.

* Tom was one of our many exchange students. He stayed with us for five months in 2008.


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  1. Derrick / Dec 27 2011 10:14 pm

    this show sounds pretty good, maybe I’ll get to see it 🙂


    • leggypeggy / Dec 27 2011 10:35 pm

      I hope you do. Check out the website. The performance we saw was so impressive.


  2. Anita Mac / Jan 28 2012 9:06 am

    What a shame – we missed it on our recent trip! Sounds like it was worth the visit!!! Guess that is just an excuse to go back!


    • leggypeggy / Jan 28 2012 9:21 am

      Hi Anita, it’s always good to have an excuse to go back. 🙂
      And Prague is definitely worth multiple visits.


  3. jeanleesworld / Apr 25 2016 11:43 pm

    I’ve always been intrigued how each culture approaches the concept of theater. This sounds delightfully unique!

    Liked by 1 person

    • leggypeggy / Apr 26 2016 4:30 am

      I wish I could have taken some pics in the dark. It was one of those rare times I observed the ‘no photos’ rule.

      Liked by 1 person

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