Postbellum

Memory of Nation

 

PhDr. Jan Vodňanský (1941)

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PhDr. Jan Vodňanský (1941)
The boy has overpressurized brain with thoughts, Mrs Vodňanská!

Stalin and Gottwald, two blows

“This is an unforgettable thing that I met the first censorship, because I wrote a stanza on the death of marshal Stalin and meanwhile Klement Gottwald died, so I wrote another stanza and called it Two Blows. The editors of Pionýrské noviny thought, ah, to kill two birds with one blow! Eventually, they excused by a letter saying this was not the best thing to publish.”

  • Born on June 19, 1941, in Prague
  • Graduate of the grammar school in Korunní
  • 1958-1965 study at the Czech Technical University - Construction Faculty
  • Since the early 1960s attemps to write a play, writes poetry, published in magazines
  • 1964 meets Petr Skoumal, 1965-1966 first text appeal performances in Prague
  • 1966 military service in Milovice, tank batallion, at the same time reads philosophy and history at Faculty of Arts, Charles University
  • spring 1969, joins Petr Skoumal for performance again, first performance With the Smile of an Idiot
  • 1974 has to leave the Činoherní club for Divadlo Ateliér
  • 1976 interrogations at the Secret Police, travels to meet Jiří Voskovec in the U.S.
  • 1970s/1980s performing in clubs outside Prague and gradual ordered disintegration of the couple
  • 1981-1985, working with Přemysl Rut
  • since 1985, shows for children, working with Světlana Nálepková and the pianist Martin Zákravský
  • 1989 renewed partnership with Petr Skoumal on the show An Evening of Fell-Apart Couples
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