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Contemporary circus grotesque, poem, painting as well as dark fury
Next show: 23. 08. 2019, 20:00
Length: 75 min Suitable for children: 8 years Premiere: 21. 10. 2018


In this show the company focuses on human personality, especially on personality with so-called attention deficit hyperactivity disorder known under the abbreviation ADHD. Performance of the same title directed by Rostislav Novák Jr., who was diagnosed with ADHD as a child introduces eight exceptional contemporary circus artists from Finland, Venezuela, Canada, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, and France. The group includes one of the best jugglers worldwide, acrobats on a Chinese pole, cyr wheel, or roller skates, dancers and finally hair-hanging artist.

The company offers to its visitors the most new circus spectacle in the past several years. The show is at the same time aiming to an opinion that ADHD is not an illness, but a new quality of life.

This theme is very personal for Rostislav Novák Jr. "I was diagnosed with ADHD myself and one of my sons is ADHD, too," he says. "Looking at him as he has been struggling through his adolescent years, fighting with himself and his surroundings, how he has been searching for his dreams. How his body and his head react on their own and he is not able to control or understand it. So I said to myself that I will prepare a project for him. I would like him to grasp that ADHD is not just disorder as many people say, it is an advantage. A new quality of life.”

In preparation of the project Novák co-operated with psychologists, therapists, psychiatry and neurology specialists and with children from special schools. "This is a story inspired by real events. An original story. A story inspired by Torey Hayden, Emil Zátopek, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and people with ADHD who live right here and right now," Novák explains. "A theory exists, saying, that thanks to people like Christopher Columbus, Albert Einstein, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Winston Churchill, Leonardo da Vinci, Charles IV. or Emil Zátopek, our society reached the point in which we presently are. All of them were hyperactive, so we must be in the right point."

"... And then the ADHD show was created, going back to the very rudiments of new circus, connecting theatre with acrobatics in really inventive way possessing top condition and constantly bearing in mind the shape as well as the theme itself. It can be even said that thanks to its playfulness and fragility it goes back to domestic predecessors (e.g. Ctibor Turba) of this presently so popular art. Technical perfection and playfulness merge and fuse into one clearly articulated theme."

- Jana Machalická, Lidové noviny, 11. 11. 2018

"Interesting theme, brilliant performance, excellent team of acrobats. ADHD belongs to the best things ever created by Cirk La Putyka."

- Tomáš Šťástka, MF DNES, 29. 10. 2018

"ADHD belongs to the best what Cirk La Putyka has created until today. Offers an interesting theme, while reaching to further dimensions; and doesn't hesitate to use at the same time the most classical acrobatics. All in all, Novák and his team succeeded in producing an attractive performance, which due to its interesting theme as well as its honest treatment has potential to win the international recognition."

- Tomáš Šťástka, MF DNES, 29. 10. 2018

“If I did not have ADHD, I would never have been able to create our company.

I would never have established Jatka78.

If I did not have ADHD, I would never start sports our paint.

I have ADHD and thanks to it I can TIRE myself but also my surroundings.

I have ADHD and thanks to it I can RAVAGE myself but also my surroundings.

I have ADHD and thanks to it I can DESTROY myself but also my surroundings.

I have ADHD and thanks to it I can CREATE.

I myself seek order in chaos.

I myself seek joy in chaos.

I myself seek smile in chaos.

Sometimes I feel my brain will explode and then I am alone.

I do not want to be alone, I want to be with you."

– Rostislav Novák Jr.

Crew and cast

Theme & DirectionRostislav Novák ml.
CastRisto Sakari Männistö, Carlos Landaeta Meneses, Émile Pineault, Mireia Piñol Martínez, Vincent Bruyninckx, Jonas Garrido Verwerft, Mauricio Rafael Cugat, Sandra Pericou-Habaillou
Dramaturgical cooperationJan Tošovský
ScenographyPavla Kamanová
ChoreographyThomas Steyaert
MusicJan Balcar
Costume designPetra Ptáčková
Lighting designOndřej Kyncl
LightingJiří “Zewll” Maleňák, Michael Bláha
Sound designJan Středa
SoundEva Hamouzová, Jan Balcar
Production managerMichal Sikora
ProductionIvan Kubál
Production assistantVeronika Trubačová
Technical directorOlin Procházka
TechniciansJonáš Tichý, Vojtěch Hříbek
Graphic designMartin Sršeň
Photo & videoJakub Jelen
Public relationsJiří Sedlák
Music collaborationKryštof Záveský, Veronika Linhartová, Andrej Rády, Unique Quartet
SingingVeronika Linhartová, Andrej Rády, Sandra Pericou-Habaillou
VoiceoverPavlína Brzáková

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