about CED | history and idea |
The idea of the Centre for Experimental Theatre was conceived in 1986 as a dramaturgy project of the Theatre Goose on a String, created for a new complex of buildings. Later HaTheatre was invited to participate in this project, but it was further developed only on a theoretical level, since there was no chance to put the project into practice under the communist regime. However, the social change in 1989 opened new possibilities for the project. Immediately at the beginning of 1990 the Centre for Experimental Theatre came into existence, both theatres officially announced their mutual connection, though only within the former Provincial (today National) Theatre in Brno and the Centre´s activities focused on international relations. On 1st January 1992 it became an independent organization promoted by the City of Brno. Since then the CED, based in the House of the Lords of Fanal, has developed, in addition to the theatre companies activities, Project CED, which is actually the third artistic project standing next to Theatre Goose on a String and HaTheatre.
So far the CED has managed to realize the main targets it indicated when it was founded. Both the theatre companies not only developed their own programmes, but also participated in new dramaturgical and formal experiments. Project CED organizes as its independent activity a large variety of cultural and theatre events, artistic exhibitions and thus complements theatre activities of both theatre companies.
In 2005 the Theatre at the Table became a statutary body of the Centre for Experimental Theatre. It performs on the cellar stage within Project CED.
The Centre for Experimental Theatre not only encompasses the two theatres that develop parallelly and under their own names their clean-cut creative programmes, but also wants to embrace other experiments, to welcome other similar Czech and foreign theatres on its premise. It wants to be space for international festivals and a spiritual centre, where theatre activities are the boiling epicentre, which is however developed within the wider cultural context.
The Centre for Experimental Theatre covers projects of all kinds of art, alternative culture, research projects in the field of cultural traditions, philosophical, antropological, artistic and social historical projects and also educational projects on the margins of humanities. It wants to examine their similarities, connections and overlaps.
This Brno, Czechoslovak and Central European cultural centre would like to be active in two directions - it would like to emanate and absorb. Experimental variations on Central European cultural traditions would be presented to the Czechoslovak public, Europe and the world, similarly other European and world artistic and cultural movements, tendencies and ideas would be introduced to Central Europe.