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ARCHA Theatre, Prague

Na Poříčí 26, 110 00 Praha 1


In 2003 the Archa theatre was transformed from a public budget institution to the public benefit institution (Divadlo Archa o.p.s.), a transparent form of a non-profit organisation.

The Archa theatre was thus transformed as one of the first three theatres in Prague. After reopening in 2003 it focused especially on the production of its own projects and on the residence project called Archa.lab. Archa’s work is based on the production house principle, i.e. provides production and technical support to the artists for their work. This method of work enables both the establishment of its own projects and co-production as well as the hosting of domestic and foreign art groups. Each year Archa supports the creation of at least one original project. Artists involved in Archa are provided with space for the creation of a theatre mise-en-scene. It is then stages in series, for instance over one month. Archa’s production assisted to the performances of Peter Schumann, Min Tanaka, Residents and other artists and groups from various countries including the Czech Republic, for instance, Opera La Serra by Michal Vich and Jaroslav Dusek or Sladky Theresienstadt by Arnost Goldflam, directed by Damien Gray. The key art components is the presentation of foreign theatre and production of its own theatre projects. The programme is complemented with concerts and film projection in cooperation with festivals. The theatre’s production participates on in the organisation of foreign performances of its residing artists. The most important guests were: Peter Brook, Bread and Puppet Theatre, Ultima Vez, DV8 Physical Theatre, Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker, Dorky Park, Min Tanaka, Superamas; John Cale, Patti Smith, Sonic Youth, CocoRosie, White Stripes, Lisa Gerrard, Gogol Bordello and others. Archa is a member of the IETM European theatre network (Informal European Theatre Meeting).