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Milan Sladek

Milan Sladek

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Mime artist extraordinaire, Milan Sladek is one of the worlds greatest exponents of the art of mime.


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Milan Sladek was born in Slovakia in 1938. He graduated in 1957 from the Secondary School of Applied Arts in Bratislava, specializing in wood-carving. He showed a strong interest in theater, being a member of the student theater at Comenius University, where he presented his first Solo mime scenes.

Until 1960 he studied at the Theater Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and in Studio D 34 in Prague which was under the direction of the significant Czech avant-garde theater. During that time the director of this theater was E.F. Burian. In 1959 Milan Sladek received an engagement from E.F. Burian Theater. Later he and Eduard Zlabek, the solo dancer and choreograph at  D 34, created their own mime group. On 11th of March,1960  Milan Sladek appeared on-stage for the first time with the character that he named it  „KEFKA“.

One year later the ensemble moved to Bratislava, where they started to work permanently in Slovak National Theater between 1962 and 1964. At the same time  the group started performing abroad. Up to now he has played in more than 50 countries. In the year 1968, Sladek became the director of the Theater-Studio in Bratislava, where three ensembles had been brought together – drama, cabaret and mime – and remained until August 21, 1968. Armies of five Warsaw Pact nations brought the "Prague Spring" to an end, so Theater-Studio was closed and Milan Sladek had to leave his native country. He stayed in Sweden for two years and then he moved to Cologne/Germany. Several international tours followed while the Compagnie Sladek became one of the most well known international mime ensembles and gained great popularity in their new home town Cologne.


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