©František Ortmann

Absurd Hero

Roman Škadra

Première Française

60 mins / From 8 years old / Festival

  • French premiere, Long form, Room
  • Balls
  • Frontal
  • Heart of the festival


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  • Houdremont Cultural Center, La Courneuve
  • Friday 26 April 2024 / 20:45
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  • Non Courneuvien-ne :

    Full price: 10€.
    Reduced rate*: 6€.


    Courneuvien-ne :

    Full price: 6€.
    Reduced rate*: 3€.


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Filming: Winfried Reinhardt (Atoll Festival 2020) Music: Conny Frischauf - Wie du mir Editing: Roman Škadra

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 delirious drama between the artist and a large 25 kg red globe. The artist repeatedly puts himself in desperate situations, at the limit of physical and emotional endurance. Inspired by Albert Camus’ myth of Sisyphus, the work presents the circus as a potentially joyous, but infinitely futile enterprise.

Roman Škadra

Roman Škadra (1985) is a Slovakian juggler and circus artist. He holds a master’s degree in geography from Bratislava’s Comenius University. In 2012, he moved to Berlin and trained in contemporary circus at Die Etage – Schule für darstellende und bildende Kunst in Berlin.
In Roman’s artistic work, various techniques merge to explore the relationship between body and object. In recent years, his practice has moved away from juggling towards the manipulation of heavy objects. Roman is part of a movement of artists who challenge the conventional perception of the circus, creating works that lie at the intersection of different art forms and are intended to be presented in a variety of contexts. He draws inspiration from literature, the visual arts, sport and human endeavor.
In 2021, Roman created Absurd Hero, his first full-length stage work.
Roman is currently in the final stages of creating his second play, Girevik. The play will premiere on February 13, 2024 at the Circopolis festival in Praga. In addition to his own work, Roman has collaborated with Stefan Sing in Critical Mess and was part of Squarehead Productions’ For As Long As We’re Here.


  • Creation & performance :
  • Roman Škadra
  • Dramaturgy :
  • Darragh McLoughlin
  • Outside look at acrobatics :
  • Ana Jordão
  • Outside view Object manipulation :
  • Declan Mee
  • Wrestling Advisor :
  • Lorenzo Aureli
  • Lights creation :
  • Emese Csornai
  • Technical manager :
  • Piotr Lemieszczuk
  • Illustration :
  • Veruschka Bohn a.k.a. missvizzz
  • Production and distribution :
  • Ute Classen
  • Anna-Katharina Andrees


Coproduction: CircusDanceFestival Residenzprogramm – Gefördert vonTANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund aus Mitteln der Beauftragten derBundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Zirkus ON 2020/2021 (BUZZ -Bundesverband Zeitgenössischer Zirkus e.V.), Associazione culturale teatraleDuetti e 1/2 Milano.

Residences: Ringlokschuppen Ruhr Mülheim, Cirqueon Prag, Jatka78 Prag,Between the Seas Athens, Circus Schatzinsel Berlin, Katapult Berlin,Theaterhaus Berlin.

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Special information(s)

[*Reduced price]

For RSA beneficiaries, people with reduced mobility, holders of the large family card, unemployed people, students, under 18 years old, over 60 years old

[Press and institutional bookings]

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