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Caban, Šimon

* 1963, architect, director, stage designer


 Šimon Caban studied stage design at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague in the studio of prof. Josef Svoboda (graduation 1981). Together with his brother Michal they established the Ballet Unit Cramp / Baletní jednotka křeč – a dance and theatre company which created performances, one time multimedia events, films and TV films. Between 1975 and 1990 he occupied himself with artistic photography: his work can be seen in the art collections of the Centre G. Pompidou and the UMPRUM Museum in Prague. In the 1990’s he, his brother Michal Caban and his wife Simona Rybáková formed a popular authorial team for creating atypic one time presentation events for companies. In 1999 he worked as a commissioner for the Czech National Exposition of Prague Quadriennal, together with Simona Rybáková, for which they were awarded with the Golden Triga Prize. In 2004 he was awarded with the special Grand Prix Architecture Prize for his architecture work (family houses, reconstruction of the UPP and HBO offices etc). In 2010 he and his brother Michal Caban directed the Czech National Day at EXPO in Shanghai, together they are also the authors of the scenic direction of the International Film Festival Karlovy Vary ceremonials. We can see the stage designs of Šimon Caban in The National Theatre, State Opera or Prague’s musical theatres such as Kalich, Hybernia, Broadway etc. Lately he mostly focuses on directing: his authorial project Mucha’s Epopee / Muchova epopej with the music of Aleš Březina (City Theatre Brno 2010), Pardon My English and Guys and Dolls / Sázky z lásky (both in the Moravian-Silesian National Theatre, 2011 and 2012), Sexmise (Klicpera’s Theatre 2012), The Gentleman of the Camellias / Pán s kaméliemi (Buranteatr 2013).


„What artwork did you find interesting in the past few months“

“A book Pětadvacet tisíc dnů vzpomínek by Martin Rajniš and Magdalena Šebestová and a performance by Andrew Schneider Youarenowhere, that was programmed at the 4 + 4 Days in Motion Festival.”