ABSURD HERO is a contemporary solo featuring the circus and performance artist Roman Škadra. The piece is an elegant fusion of the Theater of the Absurd and circus, chock-full of laughs à la Buster Keaton. With a sparse stage set dotted with a few red objects, the work reveals a dead-pan delirious drama between artist and large heavy globe. Referring to Camus' philosophy – Absurd Hero presents circus as a potentially joyful, yet endlessly futile endeavour.



07-11th July 2020 residency at Pfefferberg Theater Berlin

06th August 2020 work in progress at Klovnbuf Festival Ljubljana

10-17th August 2020 residency at Ehrenfeldstudios Cologne

23rd September 2020 work in progress at Atoll Festival Karlsruhe

02-06th November 2020 residency at Katapult Berlin

13th November 2020 work in progress at Nuit du Cirque 2020 in Hamburg - postponed due to Covid-19

12-18th February 2021 residency at Cirqueon Prague - cancelled due to Covid-19

08-14th February 2021 residency at Ringlokschuppen Ruhr Mülheim

21-23rd May 2021 PREMIERE at Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen


Creation and Performance Roman Škadra

Artistic and Dramaturgic Advisor Darragh McLoughlin

External Eyes Ana Jordão, Declan Mee

Wrestling Advice Lorenzo Aureli

Light Design Emese Csornai

Coaching Anna-Katharina Andrees

Supported by CircusDanceFestival residency program (Funded by TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund with the support of the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media), Zirkus ON 2020/2021 (BUZZ - Bundesverband Zeitgenössischer Zirkus e.V.), Atoll Festival/Tollhaus Karlsruhe, Circus Dance Festival Cologne, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, Ringlokschuppen Ruhr Mülheim, Cirqueon Prague, Jatka 78 Prague, Katapult Berlin, Sztukmistrze Lublin, Plum Yard Malovice, Circ'Opificio Palermo, Ehrenfeldstudios Cologne, Circus Schatzinsel Berlin, Pfefferberg Theater Berlin.

Illustration by MissVizzz


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