BOI, photo Michal Hancovsky




In the context of the clash of habits and values between generations, in our creative process we focus on the transition from a teenage boy to a man. Today, initiation into manhood has lost its relevance, but the question of a man’s role in a family and society is becoming more urgent than ever. In fact, we live in a time when the traditional systems are falling apart.

Strong physique used to communicate security and stability. It was a sign that a man, who was a hunter, fighter and protector, was able to take care of his family. What defines masculinity today?

  • ProFitArt
  • Director ― Matej Matejka
  • Concept ― Katarína Kalivodová, Martin Talaga
  • Performers ― Cécile da Costa, Katarína Kalivodová, Kateřina Eva Lanči, Martin Talaga
  • Choreography ― Matej Matejka, Martin Talaga
  • Scenography ― Agnieszka Pátá
  • Music ― Cécile da Costa, Katarina Kalivodová
  • Light design ― Janka Galkó, Karel Šimek
  • Sound design ― Andrey Shvetsov
  • Manager ― Šárka Pavelková
  • Co-producer ― ROXY NoD (CZ), Záhrada (SK), Pro-Progressione (HU), Studio Matejka (PL)
  • Supported by ― Visegrad Fund, The City of Prague, Czech Centres, Švandovo Divadlo, The Grotowski Institute
  • Premiere ― 27 April 2016
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Matej Matejka is the founder and leader of Studio Matejka. He leads his original work sessions Wakening the Listening Body and workshops with Teatr ZAR both in Poland and internationally. In his work he searches for the performer’s essence of communication where both dance and drama are only vehicles for the actor’s expression.


Martin Talaga is a choreographer and ethnographic researcher in Slovakia. He graduated in choreography and has a background in contemporary dance, folk dance and playing folk instruments. He has attended many workshops abroad, including at the Laban School, London. Talaga is constantly developing his performance skills. Together with performer Marek Zelinka, he has recently set up the theatre company PLAYboyz.


Katarína Kalivodová works with traditional folk songs in the domain of physical theatre. She has collaborated with many Slovak and international theatre companies (Kontra Theatre, Continuo, Stella Polaris, and led several workshops focused on the connections between physical expression and voice in Slovakia and abroad.


Cécile Da Costa focuses on the research and development of stage expression. She has collaborated with the Farm in the Cave and the Spitfire Company as an actress and choreographer. She has run many workshops of physical theatre and voice and speech in Prague, France and Poland. Her voice and energy ranges from Edith Piaf to Amália Rodrigues.

  • Original cultures differed from one another in many things; however, you won’t find a single culture on the planet that would not develop some form of transitional rituals between childhood and maturity. From this point of view is the present Western civilisation a complete anomaly.

    Kryštof i Lumír Kolíbalovi | Respekt Magazine


Date and hour

7 November
8 November


Running time

50 min