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HANA FREJKOVÁ,
actress, singer and author of a reflexive book entitled Strange Roots.

Since graduating from the Janacek Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (where she studied acting) in 1967, she has been with a number of theatres (Carlsbad, Kladno, Prague Maringotka) and performed in a variety of roles (Antigone, Electra, The House of Dona Bernarda/Adela, Summer Guests/Karelia, and many others). Since 1986 she has been a freelance artist. She worked with the Free Association of Directors; in 1989, she excelled in the popular play Oh, Great Buddha, Help Them.

She has been invited as a guest to many theatres and participated in a number of stage projects, such as Modche and Rezi, Tajbele, and The Diner, as well as in film and TV, i.e.:

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e-mail: hfrejka@gmail.com
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Strange Roots

November 2007 – book entitled Strange Roots is published by TORST. A reflexive book in which the author tries to reconstruct the lives of her parents together with searching for her own identity. More...
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  • The Fever (1986) director Jiří Svoboda
  • The Silent Mouse (GB, 1988) director Robin Crichon
  • Pass Check (CZ, 1990) director Jan Schmidt
  • Martha and I (CZ, 1990) director Jiří Weiss
  • Where Wolves Howl (France, 1993) director Laurent Boutonnat
  • Czech beetroot rhum (CZ, TV 1993) director Boro Radojčič
  • The Wolf Hunter (France, 1994)
  • Mother's Courage (Germany, 1995) director Michael Verhoeven
  • The Forgotten Light (CZ, 1996) director Vladimír Michálek
  • The Blunder (1998) director Jitka Němcová
  • The Bride For Paddy (1999) director Jitka Němcová, the Great Spectators Award winning film at the O. Hoffmann Festival
  • The Pressure (Germany, 2000)
  • The Resurrection (Italy, 2000), directors Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, awarded in the Moscow Film Festival in 2002
  • Citadela (Italy, 2002)
  • The Rise of Evil (CAN/USA, 2003), a film which got two Emmys and Elsa award 2005
  • Snowboarďáci (CZ, 2004), director Karel Janák, film got Czech Lion Award 2005
  • Maigret (CZ/IT, 2004), director Reanto de Maria
  • Mine-Haha (GB/IT/CZ, 2004), director John Irvin
  • 3+1 s Donutilem (CZ, 2005), director J. Němcová
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, director Andrew Adamson
  • Voskresenskaja (2010), director L. Belozorovic
  • Crimiserial (2012) crime TV series, director T. Szilvasi
  • Colette (2013) director Milan Cieslar
  • The Last Biker (2014) director J. Svoboda
  • Case 1 Department (2014) director D. Wlodarczyk
  • Child 44 (USA, 2014) director Daniel Espinosa
  • A Case for an Exorcist (CZ, 2014) director J. Hřebejk
  • Judge A.K.'s Life and Time (CZ, 2014) director R. Sedláček
  • Reportress (CZ, 2014) director Dan Svátek
  • Tannbach, Schicksal eines Dorfes - Fate of a village - miniserie (Germany.ZDF, 2015) director Alexander Dierbach
  • Me, Mattoni (CZ 2016) director Marek Najbrt
  • Anthropoid (GB,CZ,FR, 2016) director Sean Ellis
  • My garden (CZ series) director Michaela Bergmannová
  • The Zookeeper ’s wife (USA 2016) director Niki Caro
  • Mordparta (CZ 2016) - director Peter Bebjak
  • Bohemian (CZ 2016) - director Robert Sedláček
  • Dark country (CZ) - director Jitka Bártů

For several years, she worked with English language theatre groups in Prague; among others, she played the title role in The Enola, staged to commemorate the end of WWII.

She starred in American musicals Nunsense I and Nunsense II by D. Goggin,she cooperates with Theatre in Dlouhá. Her book entitled /Strange Roots/ was published by TORST and she has been also performing traditional Jewish songs for a number of years.

She says: "I sing songs that are close to my heart, that tell about human sorrow, grief and joy. Often, these songs are ironic, sentimental, nostalgic and still witty. It is the contrast between the sorrowful and the ironic, along with melody, that create the unusual tension, that makes these songs so unique. Each song I have ever sung has its own addressee; I have experienced each situation. My choice of songs and my way of their interpretation express my attitude to life and the way I cope with it.


April 2017  Author’s reading and discussion at the Philosophical Faculty of the University J. E. Purkyně in Ústí nad Labem and an interview in the Australian magazine Čechoaustralan. http://www.cechoaustralan.com/cechoaustralan-podzim-jaro-2017.pdf.

Spring 2017  the Maisel synagogue again: the Yiddish sketch ‘Dement Lemach’ by Jacob Gordin, where Hana Frejková has returned to the naturalistic acting of the beginning of the twentieth century and of course Yiddish songs. The same great evenings a concert in Karlovy Vary and another one in a beautiful newly restored synagogue at Polná.

December 2016  "Colourful Thursday", a meeting with creative people in the Central Library in Prague, Mariánské náměstí.

The end of 2016  has caught us in Trutnov on the Nine Gates festival, November 9th at Třeboň in the newly reconstructed Štěpán Netolický's house laying the "stumbling stones" of the Brody family, Our autumn concert with our guest Honza Meduna and his trumpet in the “Divadlo v Dlouhé” theatre.

September 2016  We have participated the Hawdal concert once more in the splendid synagogue in Wroclaw.

Summer 2016  Concert in the newly reconstructed synagogue in Březnice also concerts in Františkovy Lázně, Plzeň and Jindřichův Hradec.

June 2016  Maisel synagogue - Jacob Gordin: Dement Lemach - Theatre of one actor and Yiddish songs. That evening Hana Frejková returns to the naturalistic acting in the beginning of the twentieth century. Sixs roles played by one actress!

Duben, květen, 2016  Author's reading of book Strange Roots - Olomouc, The Kurt and Ursula Schubert Centre for JewishStudies, the Shape - review.
An evening in memory of birth of writer Lenka Reiner, concert in synagogue in Ledeč.

Jaro 2016  Acting in Czech serials 'Mordparta’ and ‘Bohemian'. Concert in the Theatre at Dlouhá - this time with trumpet!

Happy New Year 2015!  Sweeten with THREESOME

December 2015  The first reading of the Martin Falář's play „Šťastnou cestu“ (Have a Nice Trip); Review

November 2015  For the 20th concert in the Theatre at Dlouhá I've invited the first leader of my band, the violinist Zdeněk Zelba.
I've finished shooting of the movie „The Zookeeper's wife“ with Jessica Chastain according to the Diane Ackerman's book. Directed by Niki Caro, screenplay by Angela Workman.

October 2015  The conference named „Non-legal judicature in totalitarian state“ under the auspices of Robert Pelikán, the minister of justice. In cooperation with 'Bremen Association of Judges'.

25-27.9 2015  'Jewish Culture days' in Mikulov - Author's reading of my book Strange Roots and the concert in the Efram Gallery.

September 2015  Next Wave Festival evening, the theme of the festival was terrorism and devils. I joined it with Jacob Gordin's playlet 'The Wild Man' (in original 'Der wilde Mensch') - 'Dement Lemach' in our version, that inspired F. Kafka to write 'The Metamorphosis.

Summer 2015  Shooting of the series „My little garden“ for children and the movie „Polednice“ (Noonday Witch) by M. Samir, J. Sládek and M. Chlupáček.

June 2015  The evening dedicated to a Romanian authoress Lena Constante and her book Silent Escape. In a private club of the Babalon magazine on the Libeň Island in the area of the 46. base organization of the Czech Gardening Union.

Spring 2015  During the spring months we have performed concerts in Kladno, Trutnov, Františkovy Lázně and also in the newly restored synaogogue in Plzeň.

February 2015  Portrait in Broadcast weekly (PDF). Concert in the Theatre in Dlouhá.

Happy New Year 2015!   In 2014, I've opened a blog in the Divadelní noviny (Theatre News) with reflections of some cultural events

Autumn 2014  was featured by festivals in Banská Bystrica dedicated to Chava Reich, Days of Jewich Culture in Český Těšín in athe well-known cafe Avion/niova, in the renewed synagogue in Čkyně and of course on aour home stage in the Theatre in Dlouhá.

Rok 2014  Further in 2014, there were some more concerts and also several film roles, e.g. in TV series Judge A. K.'s Life and Time (Czech Television), The First Department (Czech Television), Reportress (Czech Television) and in the three-part German series for ZDF Tannbach, Schicksal eines Dorfes - Fate of a village.

In spring 2014  we were traveling around Europe with our Yiddish THREESOME tour. We were singing in Zagreb in a frame of a festival "Jews in Europe - Berlin, Vienna, Prague". Concert was organized by the Czech Embassy in Croatia with the assistance of the ambassador Mr. Martin Košatka. At this tour we had a guest - clarinetist Pepíno Von Dráček, the frontman of a band "Trombenik". The Swiss concerts were following in Basel and Zurich.

The beginning of the year 2014  was accompanied by Old Czech songs at birthday party in a bar. Further concerts were held in Prague and Liberec and new critic on our CD Jidiš VE TŘECH came out.

Listopad 2013  Concerts in Prague and Berlin.

October 31 2013  Theater in Dlouhá Concert with a presentation on new CD.

Léto 2013  Recording studio Smečky, concert and book presentation in Slavonice.

June 12, 2013  concert at the occasion of preparing "SOA Memorial " and the "Kaddish" exhibition.

Spring 2013 5th concert of Yiddish songs in the Theatre in Dlouha, in frame of festival "Prague - The Heart of Nations" on Old Town Ssquare and in the Vinohradské divadlo, at the market at Charles Sguare and at the newly restored Synagogue in Kosova Hora. More...

January, February 2013  Yaer has started with concerts in Maiselova street, Great Synagogue in Plzen, in Franzesbad and with reading from the book "Strange roots" in Municipal Library in Pisek.

PF 2013

November, December 2012 in addition to concerts also some Readings from the book "Strange Roots". Last one in Cologne.

2.12.2012 Telefonoteka - invited by Marketa Vejvodova - talk show about the music and the book "Strange Roots".

September 2012 Finally, we have finished video from our last concert!

March 2012 concert in Schwalbach at Frankfurt am Mainz and purim concert in Düsseldorf.

8.November 2011 - concert within the program "Stolpersteine 2011" by artist Gunter Demnig. Frankfurt am Mainz - Hattersheim.

FF UP Olomouc

5.10.2011 - Kurt and Ursula Schubert Center of Jewish Studies at the Philosophical Faculty of Palacký University. A video preview from the concert at the occasion of ceremonial initiation of new academic and Jewish year.

Trebic

June, July 2011 she sang with "Yiddish IN THREE" group in Frankfurt am Mainz, Munich, Mikulov and she sang also at the festival "Šamajim" in Třebíč.

Dokument

1.7.2011 the documentary "Čtenářský deník Hany Frejkové" (Reading diary of Hana Frejková) was broadcast by ČT2 (Channel 2).

Weiden

March, April 2011 Concerts in Weiden, Františkovy Lázně, Wroclaw.

Cvetajeva

February 2011 "... but first of all the same bed. Did you mean abyss?" evening composed from poetry by Marina Cvetajeva. Director: Irena Žantovská, music: Tomáš Reindl

November 2010 - First night of "Smart Sam and Dull Gimpl" based on motives from I. B. Singer's short stories at the "U Valšů" theatre.

Makedonie

April 2010 - New project "Yiddish IN THREE" with clarinettist Milan Potoček and accordionist Slávek Brabec..

Makedonie

In 2009 she was engaged mostly in concerts. Among others in Rotterdam, in Nýrsko - for Adalbert Stifter Verein, also in Macedonian Opera and Ballet in Skopje - organised by the Czech Embassy

November 2008 - Rozhlas Weekly 1/2009, K. Vlčková

"Hana Frejková, in the Modern story cycles on CR-Vltava radio, read her own short story - Klema’s Last Charwoman.."

Strange Roots

Kniha Divný kořeny

November 2007 – her book entitled Strange Roots is published by TORST.
A reflexive book in which the author tries to reconstruct the lives of her parents together with searching for her own identity.

“In her search, Hana Frejková did not use the time-tested procedure employed by authors involved in the events /.../ and did not rely solely upon her memory. When working on her biography /Strange Roots/, she had to deal with a lack of primary information about her family and had to search not only in her family archives, but also in state archives containing official and police documents or even documents concerning national security. She did not find /life/ in them and, for that matter, not even answers to all of her questions, but she succeeded in combining her memories and memories of persons close to her with the /imprint of life/ abstracted from those archival documents. She worked with these official documents in a very personal and courageous way, despite the fact that it must have been considerably painful for her. In my opinion, her dramatic and profound attempt at catharsis is unparalleled in Czech memoir literature.”
Pavel Žáček

Reviews in press:

CD Dire-gelt

On September 2, 2007, she and Michal Hromek released Dire-gelt, a CD of songs in Yiddish, on the occasion of 100th anniversary of the synagogue in Děčín.

Memorial Friedberger Anlage

In 2006, Hana Frejková performed at the reputable Memorial Friedberger Anlage in Frankfurt-am-Main. Video: large(7MB) / small(2MB) file

Masquerade

Since April 2006, she has worked with Theatre in Dlouhá, acting in Masquerade, or Phantom of the Opera by Terry Pratchett, directed by Hana Burešová. Since May 2007, she has been involved in another project, Club of Lost Talents, featuring songs originally performed within the walls of the Jewish ghetto in Terezín during World War II. This production pays homage to all Terezín artists who lost their talents, as well as their lives, in the turmoil of history.

Foto from Nine Gates festival

In 2004 she sang at the " 9 gates" festival in "Duo in Three" group, to which she invited the violinist Alexander Schonert.

CD Prager Tandlmarkt

Mrs Frejkova has been performing traditional Jewish songs for a number of years.She sang with Jioí Pavlica in the TV programme They meet (Sešli se) and in the Prague Season Festival in Paris in 2002 with the group Prager Tandlmarkt.

z muzikálu Jeptišky

She starred in American musicals Nunsense I and Nunsense II by D. Goggin and several years in the Jewish cabaret Long Live the Life written by Jacob Luria (Israel). The cabaret consists of scatches and songs by Karel Švenk, Leo Strauss and others who were deported to Theresienstadt (Terezín) and art became a way of survival in the ghetto.

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