Viliam Dočolomanský

Slovakia/Czech Republic

Born in Slovakia, Viliam Dočolomanský studied music interpretation, founded a movement theatre company and a jazz band while still a teenager. He then graduated in theatre directing from the JAMU academy in Brno, taught at Ida Kelarová's International School for Human Voice and completed his doctoral degree under the supervision of Jaroslav Vostrý at Prague's DAMU academy. After graduating, he was guest director at many theatres around the Czech Republic and Slovakia. He eventually rejected several commissions to set out for Andalusia with a couple of young actors. Thus the first independent project was initiated which by 2002 had become the basis for the Farm in the Cave international theatre studio. The company has gained a strong reputation as a modern laboratory for performers working on the border of genres between physical dance theatre and music theatre. Farm in the Cave's projects represent the Czech Republic around the world, and have been shown at countless festivals in over 55 cities on 3 continents. Besides the production of new works, the company also focuses on continuous personal development of its members and the long-term research of selected cultural and social phenomena. Other activities include workshops, concerts and site-specific projects.

Viliam has led international projects in Korea, Slovakia, and Brazil. He regularly gives workshops and lectures (for example at Tisch School in New York, Congress Ecum in Brazil). He has created or co-created music for all of Farm in the Cave's productions. Since 2011 he has worked with the producer Čestmír Kopecký on a yet unfinished film adaptation of Farm in the Cave's Waiting Room.

Viliam and Farm in the Cave are holders of important awards, among them New European Realities, Total Theatre Award, Fringe First Award, The Grand Prix Golden Laurel Wreath Award, Herald Angel Award, Alfréd Radok Award, Respekt Award for the strongest dance production, Sazka and Theatre Journal Award, and more. In 2011 and 2012 Farm in the Cave was shortlisted for the National Award of the Czech Ministry of Culture for major contributions to theatre.

 In Prague he'll coach I.M! artists: Agnija Šeiko and Ingrida Gerbutavičiūtė.