Roman Škadra: Absurd Hero

Zeit für Zirkus

Roman Škadra: Absurd Hero

Zeit für Zirkus

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" reveals a dead-pan delirious drama between artist and large 25 kg heavy red walking globe. The hero is confronted with different game situations, which he can overcome only through his perseverance. Inspired by the Myth of Sisyphus from Albert Camus, the circus is presented as a potentially joyful, yet endlessly futile endeavor.

''All-round and original research of a single walking globe, that is used not only as a traditional circus tool,
but becomes itself a story-teller in the show.'' - Emilio Vassalli Prize (IT)
‘'Fine research and poetic language'' - Teatro San Materno (CH) ''Very interesting work combining the technique of circus, silent movie, and the taste of beckettian paralogic.’' - Between the Seas (GR)

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Roman Škadra is a juggler and circus maker from Slovakia. He holds a Master’s degree in geography from the Comenius University in Bratislava. In 2012 he moved to Berlin and completed training in contemporary circus at Die Etage - Schule für darstellende und bildende Kunst in Berlin. In Roman's artistic work, various techniques merge to investigate the relationship between body and object. In recent years, his practice has shifted away from juggling towards manipulating heavy objects. Roman is part of a movement of artists who question the conventional perception of circus, creating works that stand at the intersection of different art forms and are intended to be presented in diverse contexts. He draws inspiration from literature, visual art, sports, and human labour.

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ZEIT FÜR ZIRKUS (17.-19. November 2023) is the German counterpart to the French La Nuit du Cirque and aims to help contemporary circus gain more visibility in the cultural scene and beyond. The program is updatet continuously.

Performance | Puppet & Object Theatre