* 1954, architect, scenographer
Daniel Dvořák studied Stage Design (studio of Prof. Josef Svoboda) at the Academy of Arts Architecture and Design in Prague (1974-1980), and at Vienna’s Akademie der bildenden Künste (studio of Prof. Lois Egg). He implemented more than three hundred projects: in the Czech republic (State Theatre of Oldřich Stibor in Olomouc, State Theatre Brno and more) and abroad (Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Slovakia). From 1988 to 1998, he worked as an intendant at the Furore Opera. Since 1998 he has been the director of the Prague State Opera, from 2002 to 2006 worked as a director at The National Theatre in Prague and from 2007 to 2012 worked as the director of The National Theatre in Brno. Daniel Dvořák was awarded with the Alfred Radok Award in 1999 and in 2002 the French Government appointed him the Chevalier de L´ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
„What artwork did you find interesting in the past few months“
„Both of my biggest experiences of recent times are coincidentally also abnormally large: Damien Hirst introduced an amazing concept within the Venice Biennale – a paraphrase of marine archeology. The largest bronze figure fills the three-storey atrium of Palazzo Grassi. It is monumental, artistically crafted, polished and speaks the magical language of sanctification. I have seen an equally monumental work in Imax, in Prague’s Flora Palace. A tribute to analog, i would say – the movie Dunkerk (camera: Hoyte Van Hoytem, director: Chris Nolan). Filmed by imax cameras and projected from a 70mm film strip. The Imax in Prague is the only one in continental Europe which didn’t throw away their analog projector. The movie itself is filmed according to the slogan “perfect is the enemy of good” which makes it an extraordinary visual experience. The aesthetics of classical photograph absolutely triumphed. “
„What does today’s scenography mean to you?“
„What poetry is to literature is scenography to architecture.“