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“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: 50-60 minutes

Space: Indoor / Black Box

Stage: Arena format 8x8 meter + audience space

or frontal min. 8[width] x 7[depth] meter. Minimal height of the room 5 meter.

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

Premiere: 21st August 2021 at Letní Letná Festival Prague.

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, Festival Perspectives Saarbrücken, Ringlokschuppen Ruhr Mülheim, Cirqueon Prague, Jatka78 Prague, Katapult Berlin, Circus Schatzinsel Berlin, Pfefferberg Theater Berlin, Plum Yard Malovice, Circ'opificio Palermo, Sztukmistrze Lublin, Ehrenfeldstudios Cologne, Circonferenza Milano, Between the Seas Athens.​​

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