Blaho Uhlár

In 1974, Blaho Uhlár graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts, where he majored in theatre direction in the class of Igor Ciel, Jozef Palka, and Tibor Rakovský. He sparked much interest already with his graduation productions – Anton Chekhov’s The Wedding and Maxim Gorky’s Children of the Sun (1974). Between 1974 and 1989, he worked as a director in the newly established Theatre for Children and Youth in Trnava (the present Ján Palárik Theatre), where he focused on the development of artistic creativity and creative freedom. Afterwards, he got employed by the Ukrainian National Theatre in Prešov (the present Alexander Duchnovič Theatre), where he started his creative collaboration with the visual artist Miloš Karásek. Uhlár and Karásek established the Stoka Theatre in 1991. While working in Trnava, Uhlár started cooperating with the amateur performers of the DISK theatre company. Later on, he and the company created a whole series of remarkable productions, such as Amateurs (1987), So What? (1988), TANAP (1989), and PAT (Who are the pigs, 1990). In the early 1990s, the creative duo Uhlár-Karásek broke up. In 2006, the Stoka Theatre ceased to exist when its building was demolished to make room for the construction of the Eurovea shopping centre. Uhlár later founded the association named S.T.O.K.A., with which he has been producing independent theatre projects ever since. He has received numerous awards for his art. In 2007, he returned to the Trnava-based DISK company and established the DISK Trnava Theatre Studio. The productions made with the DISK team include such works as View (2007), Crawling (2007), Intake of Breath (2008), or Submersion (2009). They have been awarded with prizes at various amateur showcases.