Thursday, June 19, 2008

Eva Černá 1962-2008

Eva in San Francisco 1992

I just got this message from my friend Karel Vanek:

Friends, today morning my beloved wife Eva Cerna died after a long battle with cancer. Karel

This is very sad news. Eva was young, talented, a bright spirit in the best way; more like a sexy pirate than a wood-nymph, though there was for sure forest blood in her veins. She and Karel had a very passionate relationship that they articulated also through their creative work. I knew them as dancers and pals, since 1992, but they were also photgraphers, videographers and lovers of the American southwest. It is difficult for me to imagine either of them without the other.

and from a 1997 dance festival press release:

Eva Černá was born 1962 in Prague and trained in modern dance. Karel Vaněk was born 1958 in Most and first studied mathematics at Prague's Karls University before he took up dance training. Both artists danced 1984-90 in the world-famous Laterna Magika Theatre as well as some other Prague dance groups. In 1991 they founded the Černá and Vaněk Dance Company and played with full-length choreographies at dance and art festivals in Montréal, Paris, Kaunas, Prague, Stockholm and San Francisco.

From 1992-96, Eva Černá and Karel Vaněk also acted for Pavel Mikuláštik at the Choreografische Theater in Freiburg (with whom they played in »Ester« during the euro-scene Leipzig 1993) and while they are moving with him to Bonn in September 1997, they will also dedicate themselves more to their own productions.

Well, Eva dedicated herself to life with a joy and intensity that was a delight to be around and will be sorely missed.

Karel, me & Eva, San Francisco 1992

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Blogger Beril said...

I first saw them in Bonn as part of Choreographisches Theater and then followed their work there till I left in 2003. They left me breathless every time; I admired them very much. After watching Wim Wender's Pina today, I wondered what had become of them and was very sad to hear Eva Cerna had died. She was an incredible artist and her early death is a great loss.

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