A man dressed in a glam style manipulates thirty iron kettlebells. Dealing with the awkwardness forces his body into a new shape with every movement. This play results in a fragile, ever-expanding composition implying effort and collapse. The piece challenges the historically hyper-masculine aura around the kettlebell and seeks an alternative poetics of labour.
Kettlebells are heavy objects resembling a cannonball with a handle. Besides their original purpose of weighing crops, they are firmly linked to workout culture and their use by soldiers, athletes and strongmen. In this work we see an object that has stood as a symbol of strength for centuries in a striking new dimension.
Creation and Performance: Roman Škadra
Research Facilitator: Benjamin Richter
Movement Coach: Frank Kraft
Sound Design: Aleksandras Lempertas
Technical assistance: Tomasz Bajszarovicz
Production: Anna-Katharina Andrees, Ute Classen
Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR, Kulturinitiative Förderband gGmbH Berlin, schloss bröllin e.V., Ringlokschuppen Ruhr Mülheim a. d. Ruhr, Center for the Development of Choreography SE.S.TA Prague, Cirqueon Prague.
Premiere - 12th of February 2024, Cirkopolis Festival Prague
© Jakub Dušek