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Czech pantomimer, actor Boris Hybner dies

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Prague, April 2 (CTK) – Czech pantomimer and actor Boris Hybner died after a short, sudden illness on Saturday, at the age of 74 years, National Theatre spokesman Tomas Stanek has confirmed to CTK, on behalf of the family.

Hybner performed not only on the stage, but he also played in films and TV series and programmes.

In the past few years, he was teaching at the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (HAMU) in Prague where he was appointed professor in 2008.

Hybner first performed as a mimer in the ensemble of Ladislav Fialka, founder of the Czech classical and modern pantomime school, in the Na zabradli theatre in Prague in 1964.

Then he worked in the Alhambra cabaret and the Laterna magica multimedia theatre. With his colleague Ctibor Turba, he founded the Alfred Jarry Pantomime whose debut performance Harakiri in 1968 brought black humour to the stage.

Hybner wrote a script of the Gagman TV series on the golden age of the American slapstick, which was directed by Juraj Herz in 1986-87, he played the main role in it and won an award in Montreux.

With his ensemble Gag, founded in 1976, Hybner kept developing the art of slapstick comedy. After the collapse of the communist regime, he opened his Studio Gag private theatre in Prague centre in 1990.

Hybner also appeared in minor roles in films, for instance, in Pelisky (Cosy Dens, 1999), Pupendo (2003) and U me dobry (I’m All Good, 2008) by Jan Hrebejk and in some fairy tales.

In 2010, Hybner received the Thalia award for his lifelong artistic contribution to pantomime.

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