History of circus art told through the personal stories

  • 100 min.
  • From 13 years
  • English
  • Premiere 17. 3. 2016

A poetic and at the same time rough history of circus art told through the personal stories. The way how each of the protagonists got to the circus differs from person to person. They are meeting on one stage. Contortionist, strict ringmaster, dancers, puppets, and horses. The first half of the production shows the development of the circus from the beginning of the 20th century to 1989, the year which was a turning point for many members of the creative team. The fall of the Iron Curtain is also a linkage between Cirk La Putyka and the prestigious cabaret Chamäleon in Berlin, for which the performance was created. The second part is inspired by the life stories of the protagonists, some of whom have directly studied circus art, while others have worked their way to the circus career for example from professional sports.

Roots represents a second part of trilogy Family Roots in Black Black Woods. Director Rostislav Novák was reached for collaboration by the Chamäleon Theater in Berlin, for which he made a tailor-made performance with an international cast. The sg´how was performed more than 180 times over a six-month period and later successfully brought to Jatka78 stage and orher places across Europe. For the ensemble, the show was a valuable experience with daily engagement and the way foreign production works.


Gold ticket

open door: 1:30 pm (afternoon performance) and 6:00 pm (evening performance)

price: 790,- CZK

The Gold ticket allows the holder to dine before the performance directly in the theater hall arranged as a cabaret. Our staff will take care of the service.

Please arrive at least one hour before the performance so that we can accept your order and prepare your dishes. Dinner is not included in the ticket price.

Before the start of the performance, you will also have the opportunity to order another snack for the break, which will be brought to your table by our staff.

Silver ticket

open door: 2:50 pm (afternoon performance) and 7:20 pm (evening performance)

price: 590,- CZK

Holders of the Silver ticket are not guaranteed a service during the performance, but they can buy a snack at the bar and enjoy it in the theater hall before the show or during the break.

Bronze ticket

open door: 2:50 pm (afternoon performance) and 7:20 pm (evening performance)

price: 390,- CZK

For spectators with a Bronze ticket, we have prepared a classic theater seating.

Thanks to

Anna Nováková Kopecká, Rosťa's mother, for lending the family heritage, and families of all people involved for the deepness, from which our stories can grow

"The viewer (…) can be cynically benumbeb with all the reliable acrobatic performances, forgetting how much courage and diligence each requires. However, Roots are performance that runs directly between the guest tables."

– Tomáš Šťástka (

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  • Concept, direction Rostislav Novák Jr.
  • Music Jan Balcar
  • Choreography Šárka Fülep Bočková, Alexandr Volný
  • Set design Hynek Dřízhal
  • Lighting design Jan Mlčoch
  • Sound design Jan Středa
  • Costumes, make-up Kristina Záveská
  • Hair styling Jan Balcařík, Lenka Habartová
  • Photo Tomáš Třeštík
  • Video Jakub Jelen
  • Graphic design Martin Sršeň (Vosa)
  • Collaboration Pavel Alinče, Aneta Antošová, Jan Bažant, Vendula Bělochová, Klára Felixová, David Hrbek, Ivan Letko, Libor Makovec, Alexandr Minajev, Václav Mojtěžík, Oldřich Procházka, Andrej Rády, Jana Skořepová, Lenka Štěpánková
  • Thanks to Anna Nováková
  • Production Kristýna Milaberská, Vít Novák
  • Producer Cirk La Putyka, Chamaläon Theater

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