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Halka Třešňáková

Halka Třešňáková graduated from the Department of Non-verbal and Comedy Theater at The Prague Academy of Music (HAMU). Later she taught at HAMU and JAMU. She has worked with artists from various countries and has been a co-creator of an entire range of projects including: Hanging Man (Ctibor Turba); Strangeness / Divnosti, The Life of Franta Zije, Talkmen (Jednoka); I Dressed and Ate; Cat (Petr Krušelnický); On His Couch; and Mezzo, Už muž, and Money Transformance with Second Hand Women. In the recent years she performed as an actress for example in Uranium, Stud Fee and Oil by Miroslav Bambušek. Currently you can see her in the performance Mrs. Rabbi at the Slovak National Theater or at the Czech National Theater in the play Enron, for which she also created the movement choreography. Her current work includes the performance of Brass Band by Vosto 5 theater about the post-war massacre on Germans done by Czechs in a small town near Jihlava. Currently she is working as movement choreographer at City Theater Brno on the performance The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, where she explores new ways to find a stage language for the movement of an autistic boy and the reactions towards him from the outside world.

Many of her projects toured around the world. She likes to provoke, experiment, unearth taboos, and always surprise. Halka Třešňáková is an actress, choreographer, and a pedagogue, but above all – an artist.

Třešňáková is particularly interested in identity because of her background. At a young age, she left the communist Czechoslovakia for West Germany and in 1990 she was able to return. On top of that, as she says, her family and upbringing were Jewish, and thus for her identity is an interesting and ambiguous topic. Among others, she wants to focus on the identities of refugees who were forced to find their new identities in new states and languages. She examines the attitudes of the society towards such people. Třešňáková is interested in body as a means of expression.