Memory of Nation


Master of Fine Arts Michal Dočekal (1965)

Master of Fine Arts Michal Dočekal (1965)
There is no voting on revolution

Dissolving the organisation SSM at DAMU the week prior to the 17th November, 1989

"Then we dissolved the SSM organisation at DAMU. It was not easy because part of students and similarly tuned friends were publishing the magazine Café A.F.F.A., which was secretly meant as anti-regime. Martin Mejstrik, Yvona Kreuzmann, guys from FAMU, I believe that Igor Chaun was there too. They had to issue it under SSM. We were in dispute with them because they feared for the magazine. I argued with them that the SSM must be dissolved, and that actually happened. Some of the professors got quite mad, but we did it. I think it was in the week before November 17. (It was a courageous idea - to dissolve SSM ...) Yes. We knew we had to do something, as signing petitions was not enough. (Did you think that all DAMU students will leave the SSM?) We thought the basic SSM organization would cease to exist at DAMU; in the protest against the ruling disorder. Though a professor of dramaturgy said: "Michal, it is just a gesture." It was such a talking that the gestures are as futile ... I said that, of course, it is a gesture, but that gesture bears a significant meaning. Such gesture must be done."

  • born on 7th April, 1965 in Prague
  • inclined to the underground environment in 1970s and 1980s
  • during studies at the gymnasium acted in the theatre group A studio Rubín
  • in 1985 accepted to DAMU to study directing
  • since 1988 participated in most anti-regime demonstrations
  • prior to 17th Nov, 1989 the main actor of dissolving the basic organisation SSM at DAMU
  • announced and let the strike of the DAMU students
  • past the revolution in 1989 active in the theatre group Kašpar and in the theatre Comedy
  • at the National theatre in Prague worked since 2002, since 2015 the head of the drama dpt.
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