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What is success? Is failure a state of mind? Can I find joy and happiness in my struggle? If the object doesn't care if I beat it, am I really beating it?


ABSURD HERO 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.

Venue: Black Box / open air

Stage: Arena format 8x8 meter + audience space. Minimal height 6 meter.

Length: 55 minutes (indoor), 30-40 minutes (outdoor)

Age of audience: 8+

Premiere: August 21, 2021 at the Letní Letná Festival, Prague



April 26, 2024 - FRENCH PREMIERE

Festival Rencontre des Jonglages, Paris (FR)

May 18, 2024

Festival Viva Cité, Sotteville-lès-Rouen (FR)

May 19, 2024

Festival Viva Cité, Sotteville-lès-Rouen (FR)

July 11, 2024

Festival Korespondance, Ždár nad Sázavou (CZ)

Creation and Performance: Roman Škadra

Dramaturgy: Darragh McLoughlin

Creative Advice: Lorenzo Aureli, Ana Jordão, Declan Mee

Light Design: Emese Csornai

Tour Technician: Jakob Altmann/Piotr Lemieszczuk

Production and Management: Anna-Katharina Andrees, Ute Classen

Coproduction: 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.), Associazione culturale teatrale Duetti e 1/2 Milano.

Residencies: Ringlokschuppen Ruhr Mülheim, Cirqueon Prague, Jatka78 Prague, Between The Seas Athens, Circus Schatzinsel Berlin, Katapult Berlin, Theaterhaus Berlin.

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