Thin Skin

2 Sep 2024, 7:00 PM
3 Sep 2024, 7:00 PM

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How much is the ticket? basic CZK 340 | students and seniors CZK 250 | 30% discount for DOX Club members

Auditorium (Building B)
Poupětova 1, Prague 7
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The performances of the established circus acrobat Eliška Brtnická are characterized by techniques that are more common in contemporary foreign circus than on the domestic scene. Moreover, her work is characterized by distinctive artistic elements.

In her performance Thin Skin, the artist searches for original forms of the suspended trapeze. Ones that open up new possibilities for the movement of the human body, which together create a unique atmosphere and bring a deeper message. In Thin Skin, Eliška Brtnická creates kinetic installations of "levitating" thin bars and human bodies. Body and material - two elements in one space, whose existence depends on each other. In the performance, three performers (Eliška Brtnická, Alžběta Tichá, Filip Zahradnický) thoroughly examine their centre of gravity and the centre of gravity of the rods. Everything is a cruel question of time. The moving sculptures disappear as quickly as they appeared. The body imprints itself in matter, the image in the mind, time bends. Thin Skin is fragility, vulnerability, instability.

In collaboration with the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art and in its impressive spaces, a hypnotic production was created at the intersection of movement installation and contemporary circus.

The performance was awarded the main prize of the Czech Dance Platform 2023 and the Theater Newspaper Prize 2023

The creative team

concept, direction: Eliška Brtnická
creation and performance: Alžběta Tichá, Filip Zahradnický / Lukas Bliss, Eliška Brtnická
sound design: Stanislav Abrahám, Roman Džačár
light design: Martin Špetlík
lighting: Prokop Vondruška, Jan Hugo Hejzlar
costumes: Tereza Kopecká
materials: Prokop Vondruška
consultations: Ilona Jäntti, Stéphanie N'Duhirahe, Markéta Vacovská, Hana Turečková
process documentation: Kateřina Korychová
photo: Anna Benháková
video: Kryštof Čížek
producent: Cirkus Mlejn, z.s.
coproduction: DOX
supported by: The City of Prague, Ministry of Culture Czech Republic
partners: KD Mlejn, Cirqueon, Diod Jihlava,


Eliška Brtnická is a performer, choreographer, dramaturge and director. She graduated in non-verbal theatre at HAMU in Prague, where last year she completed her doctoral studies focused on contemporary circus. In 2010 she founded the ensemble Cirkus Mlejn, under the name of which she creates her projects. In 2017 she completed a year-long course in circus dramaturgy at the prestigious French circus school CNAC in Châlons-en-Champagne. She has been involved in artistic research in the field of contemporary circus for many years. She is also the dramaturge of the international festival Fun Fatale. 

Alžběta Tichá is a performer, acrobat and author. Before discovering her passion for aerial acrobatics, she studied dance at the Duncan Centre Conservatory in Prague. In 2020 she graduated from Codarts - University of Arts in the Netherlands, majoring in Vertical Rope and three years later from the International Circus Center for Artistic Research program in Spain. As a performer, she has participated in various projects such as Hansel and Gretel by Matěj Forman, Kid by Francesco Sgró, Li(n)es by Daniel Gulk, The Jungle Book by Štěpán Pechar and Matěj Forman, Land of Body by Radim Vizváry and others. She is a co-founder of the Feel the Universe Circus Company, but she also works as an author. Currently, she is working on her own project Frequency, which was included in the selection of the twelve best projects of the Circus Next platform.  

Filip Zahradnický is a performer and juggler. He graduated from The Academy of Modern Circus in Copenhagen. He presented his graduation show Vermilion at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain, where he won two awards. He is a member of Circus La Putyka, with whom he performed at the Berlin Chamäleon, has performed in several international projects and is also a solo artist.

Lukas Bliss is a performer, juggler, dancer and creator. He graduated in Nonverbal Theatre from HAMU in Prague in 2019 with his solo performance LAVABO. He is the co-founder of the company Us Boys Who Go Out Together, which is dedicated to improvisation and physical theatre. He has also collaborated with Tantehorse, POCKETART, Farm in the Cave and Spitfire company. In his own work, he works with a combination of object, dance and space.