In Girevik, a man embarks on a physical exchange with iron weights.

Responding to the objects’ proposals requires him to push his body to the edge of its physical abilities. The artist travels through a territory defined by obstacles, constantly at the risk of reaching a dead end. Confronted with his vulnerability, he labors to keep the cast-iron bodies moving. Precisely, gently, sincerely, he rearranges the heavy piles again and again. His fragile play interlaces stillness with collapse and order with chaos. The result is a slowly unfolding composition, full of noise, sweat, and tangible tension built through the artist’s physical and emotional effort.

Girevik muscles in on the domain of the traditional “strongman “archetype, and wrestles it to submission. Deconstructed, strength is unburdened of stereotypes. This work explores what is strong, and what strong is, in our nature, and explores the subtleties, revealing emotional, intellectual, and psychological dimensions.

The piece challenges the historically hyper-masculine aura around the kettlebell and seeks an alternative poetics of labor.

Without language

Circus Performance
  • Sat, February 24, 2024 | 8pmMain Stage

Roman Škadra

Created and Performed by Roman Škadra (Slovakia) | Research Collaboration by Benjamin Richter (England/Germany) and Aleksandras Lempertas (Lithuania) | Kettlebell Coaching by Frank Kraft (Germany) | Artistic Advice by Benjamin Richter (England/Germany), Darragh McLoughlin (Ireland) and Claudio Stellato (Italy) | Sound by Aleksandras Lempertas (Lithuania) | Stage Design by Tomasz Bajsarovicz (Poland) | Produced by Anna-Katharina Andrees (Germany) and Ute Classen (Germany)

Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR, Berlin Theaterhaus – Kulturinitiative Förderband gGmBH Berlin, Schloss Bröllin e.V., Ringlokschuppen Ruhr Mülheim an der Ruhr, CIRQUEON Prague, Center for the Development of Choreography SE.S.TA Prague and Jatka 78 Prague

German Premiere