Next Wave festival offers alternative to traditional theatre

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This week Prague plays host to the seventh annual Next Wave theatre festival which is held from the 6th to the 15th of October. Next Wave is a broad-ranging festival encompassing modern dance, spoken word, theatre, circus acts and musical pieces. Pavla Navratilova went to the one of the shows to find out more:

The Next Wave is an international theatre festival with a solid history here in Prague. It is accurately titled: "an annual meeting of theatre, music, dance, literarature, fine arts and other alternative culture." Each year, a variety of performance artists from the Czech Republic and abroad are invited to attend, and include acts that transcend traditional theatre.

A modern dance piece called Happy Hour was performed on Monday evening by the Cerna & Vanek Dance Company from the German city of Bonn. If modern dance isn't your cup of tea, check out ex-Nick Cave bass player Blixa Bargeld performing a spoken-word piece called, amusingly enough, "Speech". Or you could go and see a collection of street performance artists at the Roxy club, in a show called "Juggling and Free Community" which promises, among other things, fire-eating workshops. This year's festival is organized by Happy End Productions, and earlier I talked to executive director Jakub Matejka: And keep an eye out for upcoming events. Next Wave continues right through this week until the 15th of October, and can be found throughout Prague at various venues.

Author: Pavla Navrátilová
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