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Daniel Tesař (*1967)

Marko IvanovićOne of the highly regarded Czech specialists in light design who has made it to the top although he has never completed formal studies of his specialisation. He started as a manual worker at the ČKD factory. In the early 1990s he was employed as an electrician in the Za branou II theatre in Prague which proved to be a forming moment of his professional life. In this theatre he cooperated with the stage director Otomar Krejča who attached great importance to scenic lights and aroused his interest for light design. He also drew inspiration from guest performances of foreign (mainly dancing) ensembles performing at the theatre. Later, he worked as a technician for Prague Chamber Ballet where (in 1998) he created his first concept of scenic lighting.

Nowadays, he is regarded as an outstanding Czech light designer who cooperates with leading theatre scenes such as the National Theatre in Prague, State Opera in Prague, National Theatre in Brno, Archa Theatre, Ponec Theatre, NoD and others. He closely cooperates with renowned artists such as the directors Jiří Heřman (Curlew River, Rusalka, Hry o Marii, Parsifal, Gloriana, Tosca, Madame Butterfly, Love from Afar, Libuše, The Cunning Little Vixen) and Tomáš Pilař (Soldier and Dancer, La Gioconda, Rusalka, Orfeo) and choreographers Jan Kodet (Danse Macabre, Goldilocks, Krabat, Camoufl•AGE, The Little Mermaid) and Javier Torres (The Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadère).

He cooperates in the production of renowned festivals (4+4 Days in Motion, Tanec Praha, Divadelná Nitra) and he teaches light design at workshops home and abroad.