Vladimír Burian

* 1972

Light designer. He graduated from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague in the Studio of Conceptual Art of Prof. Adéla Matasová. Since 1997, he has worked as a light technician and light designer mostly for alternative and dance theatre. He has been a lecturer of light design since 2003 (the National Information and Consulting Centre for Culture, HAMU Prague etc.). He works with digital media and focuses on real-time video. He is a member of the Institute of Light Design and is currently the head technician in the Alfred ve dvoře Theatre.


“What does contemporary Czech scenography mean to me?”

A vast concept – due to the emancipation of “technical components” (light, sound) and digital media (mainly interactive ones) the term ‘scenography’ (yes, even the Czech one) escapes the conventional categories, drifts and requires new definitions...



Concert with dance

BERG Orchestra, the building of the Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University, premiere: 16 September 2013

Music: Alfred Schnittke

Conductor: Peter Vrábel

Choreography: Mirka Eliášová

Associate Director: Jiří Jakl

Scenography, Light design and Projections: Vladimír Burian

Costumes: Renata Weidlichová


The site-specific project for the new building of the Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University merged Schnittke’s Labyrinths (BERG Orchestra, conductor Peter Vrábel) and dance in Mirka Eliášová’s choreography. The performance accentuated three components – music, dance and projection.


The architectonic form of the building is very minimalistic and the floor of the hall, where the performance was staged, is made of gray concrete. The projection, situated on the gallery of the first floor in the hall, was to soften the brutal geometric form. Schnittke’s Labyrinths is a ballet, which was written for the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in 1971 and we wanted to simulate the extent of the ballet with the projection. Regarding the small size of the space and the cast with only four dancers, we used the projection to make the stage bigger and to multiply the company. Since the movement of dancers was transmitted and spatially modelled in a real-time regime, it is an interactive work (in the sense of interactive media) that can be probably called the first virtual ballet in the Czech Republic.



Photo: archiv Orchestr BERG