Cirk La Putyka CZ

BOOM vol. 2

Czechia and Ukraine connected by circus art.

The young generations. Young Blood. Generation Z. Head down generation. We are connected not only by age, but also by social networks such as Instagram, TikTok or BeReal. But the performers in this staging have something more in common – they first met in March 2022, a few days after the outbreak of war in Ukraine. On stage, you will see young circus artists from the Cirk La Putyka ensemble and from the Kyiv Municipal Academy of Variety and Circus Arts, who were connected by the circus and war.

The circus is about trust, family, responsibility, freedom, and crossing borders. The war showed how it can connect and inspire us in times of crises. BOOM vol. 2 is based on real events. This really happened and has been happening ever since. We express it through circus art, theatrical language, projections, music, and costumes. Everything from the first meeting, a handshake and a hug, through to a joint meal and training for the first performance and creating our own unique artistic language.

We perform stories of each of us. The war gave us a reason to unite and keep culture and art alive. Provide security. We express in theatrical language what we have experienced and what we continue to experience. When the war began and the young artists from Kyiv came to Prague, first we gave them a hug. We prepared Czech dish for them, and they cooked their typical meals for us. Then we danced our traditional dances, told classical fairy tales and sang lullabies, talked about traditions and created our own language, not based on words, but on emotions and movement. And then we started to train.

A story told through a variety of circus disciplines. The cyr wheel, aerial silks, hoops, the Chinese pole, juggling, pair acro. You will also see clowns, break dance, street dance and contemporary dance. All accompanied by enchanting live music.

We perform about what concerns us. We perform about freedom. We perform about the life we live. Fully, with gusto and enthusiasm. Join us and live this burst of positive energy with us.

The main motive of the scenography is the artwork „Distance to love“ from Jason Craighead. Also the artworks from Scott Cawthon, Florian Pichon, Ian Moore, Mirek Kaman and Fritz Freund were used as parts of the scenography.

This performance is a free continuation of our first joint Ukrainian-Czech project BOOM vol. 1, which was staged in March 2022.

Czech premiere on 30th September 2022. The world premiere took place on 4th of August 2022 at Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

This show is being supported by The PPF Foundation.

“Boom reveals the beauty borne out of the devastation of war.”

Steph Brawn (The National)


80 min.
Suitable from
6 years
English, Czech and Ukrainian
30. 9. 2022

Dates & Tickets

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Creators & cast

  • Cast Martin Kadrnožka, Jakub Slovák, Šárka Říhová, Tomáš Hrubý, Katrin Cvinerová, Viktorie Szalóczi, Filip Mašek, Tomáš Brt, Bára Halčáková, Lenka Nahodilová, Denise Arazimová, Anna Lipoldová, Kateryna Smyrnova, Polina Lysenko, Anna Stiebunova, Karina Zarutska, Danylo Zankov, Ivan Sobchenko, Oleksii Vakal, Boris Kriachek, Kryštof Záveský
  • Concept, Direction Rostislav Novák ml.
  • Set Design Pavla Kamanová
  • Choreography Thomas Steyaert
  • Light Design Karlos Šimek
  • Sound Design Jan Mikšátko
  • Technical Director Oldřich Procházka
  • Costumes, Make-up Kristina Záveská
  • Music Igor Ochepovsky
  • Hudba – electronic fragments Kryštof Záveský
  • Producer Cirk La Putyka, Underbelly
  • Production Kateřina Pavlíčková
  • Photo Lukáš Bíba, Tomáš Třeštík, Petr Chodura
  • Graphic Design Michal Kukačka