Memory of Nation


PhDr. Jan Vodňanský (1941)

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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