Journey to the Centre of the Earth (Throught the Flue of Milesovka)

How tempting the world of dinosaurs and giant club mosses is for schoolchildren! And we offer them an opportunity to experience the adventures of a group of children in a production that combines theater with projection and film tricks. It pays tribute to Jules Verne and Karel Zeman (famous Czech film director, holder of many awards, e.g. Price of French Film Critics, Crystal Price of French Film Academy, Price of EXPO 1958). Two authors of thrilling and entertaining stories who have inspired new generations of scientists, artists, writers, prophets and visionaries or filmmakers. Or theatermakers!

Pilsen production transfers the adventures of Verne's novel to Central Europe. A group of Pilsen children takes a trip to Milesovka, the highest mountain of the Bohemian Uplands. After the entrance to the cave that they explore is blocked, they look for a way out and they go deeper to the center of the Earth. They meet the world of prehistoric monsters, get a unique knowledge about prehistoric fauna and flora, and after the expedition through underground tunnels, forests, seas and lakes, they surface again in their hometown.

About the company

Alfa Theatre’s direct forerunner, the Children’s Theatre, opened in September 1966 in the ALFA premises on Americká street. In 1992 it moved to a modern building at Rokycanská 7, and changed to its current title. It is maintained by the City of Pilsen.

Since the beginning of 2015 its managing director has been MgA Jakub Hora. The theatre’s current creative team (artistic head and director Tomáš Dvořák, dramaturg Pavel Vašíček and set designer Ivan Nesveda), together with external colleagues and the ten-member company of actors, favours a comedic concept of theatre, continuing to view the puppet as a dominant and unusually attractive stage phenomenon. The theatre addresses a broad audience – children, young people and adults – offering all of them an alternative to the dominant media culture. This alternative provides literary and artistic quality, original staging techniques (all sorts of puppet techniques in combination with live actors) and a synthetic stage form, in which music (often live) always plays an important role – and all in a truly cultural environment. The repertoire is varied in both theme and genre, from classic and modern fairytales to world drama.

Since 1970 the theatre has undertaken over 100 foreign tours, mostly in the last ten years. It has visited Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, the Soviet Union and Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, Ukraine, the United States and Yugoslavia and its successor states of Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia. Indeed, it has visited some of these countries several times. Since 1967 the theatre has been the joint organiser of the SKUPA'S PILSEN festival, the thirtieth year of which took place in June 2014.

Genre

puppets

Theatre/company

ALFA Theatre / Divadlo Alfa

Czech title

Cesta do středu Země (sopouchem Milešovky)

Names of authors

Šimon Olivětín

Name of director or choreographer

Tomáš Procházka

Length of the performance

45 minutes

Number of travelling persons

10

Language

Czech , Subtitles available

Scale of venue

middle

Contact person

Klára Doubravová

E-mail

klara.doubravova@divadloalfa.cz

Web

www.divadloalfa.cz/en