“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.
Length: 55 minutes (indoor), 40 minutes (outdoor)
Space: Black Box / open air
Stage: Arena format 8x8 meter + audience space. Minimal height of the room 6 meter.
Creation and Performance Roman Škadra
Dramaturgy Darragh McLoughlin
Creative Advice Lorenzo Aureli, Ana Jordão, Declan Mee
Light Design Emese Csornai
Technician Piotr Lemieszczuk
Production Anna-Katharina Andrees, Ute Classen
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.), Ringlokschuppen Ruhr Mülheim, Cirqueon Prague, Jatka78 Prague, Associazione culturale teatrale Duetti e 1/2 Milano, Between The Seas Athens.
Premiere 21st August 2021 at Letní Letná Festival Prague.
© František Ortmann