A Spearfish BIG READ Event
The Miracle Man show is the KICK-OFF event for the January-March 2016 Spearfish Big Read — and what a kick-off it will be. The Big Read book Spearfish will be reading is “The Maltese Falcon.” The Miracle Man’s vaudevillian genre is of the type popular during the era “The Maltese Falcon” was written. Tomáš Kubínek will have you rolling with laughter at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 9, in The Matthews Opera House. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Billed as Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible, the one and only Dr. Professor Tomáš Kubínek. He is also a comic genius, virtuoso vaudevillian, and all-round charmer who gives audiences an utterly joyous experience they’ll remember for a lifetime. With appearances in over 30 countries and a professional career spanning three decades, Tomas Kubínek has won the hearts of thousands in theaters, opera houses, television specials, and Broadway.
Transcending categorization, his work leaves audiences clutching their sides with laughter, breathless, and madly in love. Along with his theatrical touring, Mr. Kubínek presents a wide variety of community residencies, commissions, and activities including Master-classes for theatre and performance students as well as outreach to youth and adults in detention centers.
“Inventive, hilarious, charming, disarming, irreverent, creative, and he works a crowd as few mortals can.”FoolProof Festival, Seattle
“Absolutely expert and consistently charming!” The New York Times
Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible
The one and only Dr. Professor Kubínek is a comic genius, virtuoso vaudevillian, and all-round charmer who gives audiences an utterly joyous experience they’ll remember for a lifetime. His latest creation; Tomáš Kubínek – Miracle Man, is a rip-roaring revival of strong-man stunts, couples-counseling, snake-healings, and mass-hypnosis that leaves audiences dazed, beaming and in love with life once again.
About Tomáš Kubínek
Tomáš Kubínek – (toh-mawsh koo-bee-neck), was born in Prague and at the age of 3 was smuggled out of the country by his parents to escape the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. After two months in a refugee camp in Austria, the Kubínek family was granted asylum in Canada and it was there, in St. Catharines, Ontario, that Tomáš witnessed his first circus. He became passionately interested in clowns, circus, theater, and magic and his perplexed yet well-adjusted parents took him to see every show that passed through town.
At age 9 he presented his first performance before a circle of elderly magicians. By age 13 he had an agent and was performing sleight-of-hand in coffee-houses between folk music acts, and while still in his teens, he made his circus debut with a Brazilian clown duo as the rear half of a two-person horse. There was no turning back…
Working any and all jobs related to showbiz, the enterprising young Kubínek was able to save money and travel to Europe to study with some of the world’s greatest teachers of theatre including; Monika Pagneaux, Pierre Byland, Jacques Lecoq and Boleslav Polívka. These studies, combined with many years of independent experimentation in the art of live performance, gave birth to his unique style of work.
Besides his solo work, Mr. Kubínek has enjoyed collaborating with other artists. He has been featured on Czech National Television with the celebrated actor and clown Boleslav Polivka on Mr. Polivka’s annual TV Specials and with writer and comedian Frank van Keeken he has performed in numerous guerilla-style absurdist theater sketches at the HBO Workspace in Los Angeles.
In 2000 with director and writer Jim Jackson, Mr. Kubínek co-created and starred in “BED,” a performance about the nightmarish adventures of an insomniac cabaret artist imprisoned in his hotel room.
In 2003 the play “BED” was adapted to the screen and became the film “Tucked into Bedlam” which aired nationally in the U.S. and Canada on both Bravo! and CBC and was voted one of the top cultural specials of the year to be produced in Canada.
While touring with his solo work Mr. Kubínek teaches Master-Classes for theatre students and professionals and occasionally writes and directs new works, collaborating on pieces for solo artists and theater companies. In 2000, He co-created and directed “NOT YET, AT ALL”, a one-woman show starring Edith Tankus. He later wrote and directed the play ‘…all god’s children…’ for 3 Portuguese actors from the company ‘Teatrinho’ and most recently co-created and starred in Denmark in ’Don’t Let Me Down’ playing a wealthy businessman opposite Louise Hayes, a published Danish poet who has down syndrome and who played his angel.
In the summer of 2009, Mr. Kubínek was artist-in-residence as guest of The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He created, directed, and hosted “THE BIG SHEBOYGAN SHEBANG,” an amazing vaudevillian extravaganza featuring over 200 local performers, two horses, and a boa constrictor. The performance celebrated the history, people, and culture or Sheboygan and played to a sold-out audience in the historic Weill Center for the Performing Arts.
His most recent work ‘Professor KUBÍNEK meets The Symphony’ features Mr. Kubínek as a special guest artist with symphony orchestras. The performance was commissioned by The University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium and had its premiere tour of five cities in Iowa and Nebraska this winter with both Orchestra Iowa and The Omaha Symphony. The performance will continue to tour to symphony orchestras around the world.
Mr. Kubínek is the recipient of international awards including; The Moers Comedy Prize from The International Comedy Arts Festival in Germany, The Schneestern Award from the International Festival of Humor in Arosa, Switzerland, and The Samuel Beckett Theatre Award from The Dublin Theater Festival in Ireland. He now resides in rural Connecticut.
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