Culture this week: Run away with the circus or catch an Aronofsky marathon

Plus: rock to Bring Me the Horizon, enjoy a modern take on Russian ballet, and much more.

Ioana Caloianu

Written by Ioana Caloianu Published on 05.02.2023 15:30:00 (updated on 06.02.2023) Reading time: 4 minutes


Contemporary art|An exhibition dedicated to inner monologues, Still Words, Silent Monologues is at the Center for Contemporary Art Prague until Feb. 26. "Everyone comes up with three words that express today for us," the curators prompt as part of a monologue that could describe the daily routine for most viewers.

Photo exhibition|The best recent journalism photos from Czech and Slovak photographers are on display until July 31 at the National Museum in the 34th Czech Press Photo exhibit. Pictures on the topic of Ukraine and refugees were prevalent across several categories. Read more in our article.


Next one's on you|Danish Oscar winner Another Round is at Edison Film Hub on Feb. 7 (with English subtitles). Watch iconic Mads Mikkelsen play the role of a teacher who, together with his group of friends and colleagues, discovers that life is more enjoyable with a certain blood alcohol level, at least up a point. What could possibly go wrong?

Czech romcom|A local take on the trope of castaways, Island (Ostrov) is at Kino Dlabačov (with English subtitles) on Feb. 6 and 8, as well as later in the month. A plane crash leaves a wealthy yet estranged couple stranded on a deserted island, an incident that may well play the role of couples' therapy for our protagonists, provided they're willing to put in the work.

Aronofsky movie marathon|Ahead of the release of The Whale, Kino Aero invites viewers to (re)discover the works of director Darren Aronofsky on Feb. 9 and 10. "Come to Kino Aero to see the incredible Natalie Portman in The Black Swan, get shaken up and shattered by Requiem for a Dream or get enlightened by The Fountain," the invitation reads.


British metalcore sensation|After a long wait and cancellations due to Covid-19, British rock band Bring Me the Horizon performs at Sportovní hala Fortuna on Feb. 7. Known for their bold approach to fashion and music, where they mix deathcore and metalcore with pop and electronics, BMTH are now playing across Europe with their Survival Horror EU Tour, a nod to their Post Human: Survival Horror album series.

Jazz fusion|Los Quemados play at the Ungelt Jazz & Blues Club on Feb. 8. The quartet, which includes a saxophone, bass guitar, and drums plays a fusion of jazz with elements of funk, Latin, Afro music, bop, and most of their songs are original compositions. The club itself boasts a courtyard whose history goes back to the 11th century, when every foreign merchant coming to Prague had to pay a fee to the royal treasury, called ungelt.

Pop activist|Russian pop artist Monetochka takes the stage at Palác Akropolis on Feb. 9 as part of her European tour. The performance artist, who currently lives in Lithuania, is equally known for her activism, which put her on the radar of Russian authorities, and recently earned her a spot on the Russian Ministry of Justice's list of "foreign agents."


Peek behind the curtain|The comedy Death Suits Him is at Švandovo divadlo na Smíchově on Feb. 4 (with English subtitles). Written by playwright, theater manager and actor, Daniel Hrbek, the play paints a picture of the theatrical world from an insider's perspective, where the struggle for success is at odds with the desire for human closeness and friendships.

Contemporary circus|Time and our daily sprint through life are the themes of Cirk La Putyka's Runners, which is at Jatka78 on Feb. 7. The unique set design, consisting of a huge treadmill made to measure in the UK, sets the pace of the show, which depicts the hectic pace of life via physical theatre and contemporary circus.

Intergenerational gap|The passing of time, this time seen through the perspective of relationships, is also the topic of Together Forever! on stage at DOX Prague on Feb. 8 (with English subtitles). The performance is the third part of the Night in the City trilogy, which is focused on uncovering current topics that society refuses to see. Its production involved Prague seniors, with an end result suggesting coexistence without age discrimination.

Ballet based on Pushkin|Watch dancers bring to life the Romantic gem Onegin on Feb. 9 at the National Theater. The show is based on Russian writer Alexander Pushkin's verse novel Eugene Onegin, set to music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and adapted by John Crank, one of the world's most renowned choreographers. The costumes designed by Elisabeth Dalton add spark to the atmosphere of 19th century St. Petersburg.

Stand-up evening|The Comedy Store returns to Prague's Lucerna Music Bar on Feb. 10 with a new lineup of rising stars of the UK stand up scene. This time Laura Lexx, Lily Phillips and Geoff Norcott will make you laugh your heart out. All three of them are some of the most exciting up and coming voices in comedy in the UK, with regular appearances on TV shows and international tours under their belts. 

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