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Condolences from all participants - Vaclav Havel

Monday December 19th 2011

18 December 2011

ICE Colectivo - International Culture Exchanges
Participant MIR Caravan 1989
Patron MIR Caravan 2010

It is with a heavy heart that we write this message of sympathy for the family and friends of Vaclav – we had the good fortune to meet during the passage of MIR Caravan in Prague in the summer of 1989; a friendship and artistic collaboration that was to last for 23 years.
Divadlo Husa na Provasku (DHNP) were invited on the International tour MIR Caravan in 1989; nearly 200 artists and technicians drawn from ten International theatre groups comprising 26 nationalities. DHNP and their chief and mentor Petr Oslzly were responsible for the presentation of the MIR Caravan in Prague, the first independent theatre festival in over 30 years.
The presence of MIR Caravan in Prague was the most politically relevant of the whole tour which took in the Soviet Union, Poland and Berlin from the eastern Countries. Vaclav Havel himself stated that the passage of MIR Caravan in Prague was like a dress rehearsal for the Velvet Revolution which took place only 4 months later. We had the good fortune to be able to meet and talk with him at his office at the back of a restaurant; he risked arrest when attending performances of the MIR Caravan. The members of Charter 77 were supportive of the artistic action and were militant in front of the repressive dictatorship of Gustàv Husàk.
In 2010, Vaclav agreed to become the figurehead of the return of MIR Caravan to Moscow twenty years later, again DHNP were present though this time representing the Czech Republic, the group performed “The Pig or Vaclav Havel’s Hunt for a Pig” by Vaclav and also a part of the Havel CIRCUS.
Several Companies from MIR Caravan took part in the first International Festival Theatre World in June 2010.
The legacy of Vaclav Havel runs to more than just being an extraordinary playwright, dramaturg, director, film maker, social and political activist, and President of the Republic of Czechoslovakia – the force of his personality and his commitment to make the World a safer place will be his lasting testament.
We have been deprived of one of the greatest Europeans.
For and on behalf of ICE Colectivo – MIR Caravan
Horacio Czertok (President)
Danièle Marty (Treasurer)
Pierre Olivier Laulanné (Vice-President)
John Kilby (Co-ordinator)
Rosalie Lakatos (Co-ordinator)


Compagnie du Hasard (France) Compagnie du Hasard (France)

Osmego Dnia (Poland) Osmego Dnia (Poland)

Divadlo Husa Na Provasku (Czechoslovakia) Divadlo Husa Na Provasku (Czech Republic)

Licedei (USSR) Slava’s Snowshow (Russia/France)

Teatro Nucleo di Ferrara (Italy) Teatro Nucleo di Ferrara (Italy)

Footsbarn Travelling Theatre (France) Ton und Kirschen (Germany)

Circ Perillos (Catalunia) Buchinger’s Boot Marionettes (France)

Svoya Igra (USSR) Baladins de Miroir (Belgium)

Antagon Theatre (Germany)

Artes Nomades (Belgium)

Artmada (France)

1989 Hosts and Organisers 2010

Licedei (Moscow/Leningrad) Centre Slava Polunin (Moscow)

UFA Fabrik (Berlin) UFA Fabrik (Germany)

KIT (Copenhagen) Ville de Namur (Belgium)

Ville de Basel (Switzerland) Summerwurft, Antagon Theater (Frankfurt)

Festival de Lausanne (Switzerland) Villeneuve- en-Scène (Villeneuve-les-Avignon)

Cie. Du Hasard, Blois (France) Theatre World Festival (Brno)

Bi-Centenary French Revolution
Jardin de Tuileries, Paris (France)

Warsaw (Akademia Rocho)

Prague (Charter 77/ Divadlo Husa Na Provasku )

And the hundreds and thousands of people who have been touched inspired and influenced by Vaclav Havel…