Tomáš Procházka (Federsel)Foto: Martin Melichar
Tomáš Procházka (1973) After attending the Secondary School of Mechanical and Traffic Engineering, Procházka studied at DAMU, where he graduated in 1996 from the Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre. Since then, he has worked as an independent artist in the fields of theatre, performance art, music, and intermedia.
In the 1990s, Procházka participated in numerous theatre projects as a technician, musician, audio engineer, and actor all in one (with Russia’s Derevo ensemble, the Forman Brothers Theatre, Min Tanaka, and the Netherlands’ Grifftheater). A member of the Buchty a Loutky (Cakes and Puppets) ensemble since 1999, Procházka has directed three of the group’s performances (Gilgamesh, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and Kabaret KaKa) and has contributed to most others as actor, composer, or musician. Procházka also collaborates with the members of Cakes and Puppets when working for movies as a puppeteer and animator. He has worked on the films Kooky, Antichrist, and Strings, as well as numerous short films and commercials. He has led puppetry workshops in the Czech Republic, Mexico, and Canada, both independently and as a member of Cakes and Puppets.
In 1998, Procházka founded the band B4, with whom he released a critically acclaimed CD with the Polí5 label. In 2011, the album Didaktik Nation Legendary Rock won the Vinyl award in the category of album of the year. In 2005, he founded the Handa Gote Research & Development theatre ensemble. He has participated in all of the ensemble’s performances, acted as dramaturge for the group’s Still-Life Festival in 2009 and 2010, and has also participated in several of the group’s exhibitions.
As a musician and sound designer, Procházka works with various dance and movement-based ensembles, including Vertedance, Nanohach, Stage Code, Kristýna Celbová, HoMe Theatre, and Cristina Maldonado. He has also composed the music for several films. As a musician, he also performs with Gurun Gurun, Radio Royal, and Finnish musician Pasi Mäkelä, and appears solo under the name Federsel. He organizes the Wakushoppu concert series together with Petr Ferenc. His blog, Endemit Archives, follows the domestic recording, outsider music, and invisible music scene.