Jan Komárek studied painting and graphic design at the School of Applied Arts in Prague. He worked in various different fields, as well as composing music for theatre and puppet theatre.
After emigrating to France, he formed Mimo Theatre, creating puppet theatre for both adults and children, performing himself as puppeteer and clown. In 1983 Jan moved to Toronto, Canada, where, together with composer Rainer Wiens he founded Sound Image Theatre, using actors as well as dancers and various performers to create image based, poetic performances with live music. He received several prestigious Dora Mayor Awards for Best Play, Best Set and Lighting Design and Best Music. He gradually started to work as lighting designer for other professional theatre companies, particularly in the dance field in Toronto and Montreal.
In 2001, Jan moved back to Prague, where he became known on the alternative scene for his own shows and lighting design. He was voted ‛Theatre Personality of the Year 2009’ by the … příští vlna/next wave… Festival and was awarded first prize for Lighting design by an international jury at the 2010 TANEC PRAHA Festival.
In Jan’s creations, sound, light and movement are inseparable elements and are created together. He draws his inspiration from images, be they paintings, drawings or photographs, as well as from the look and personality of the individual performers.