We call each other Mrs. and address each other in formal plural (which doesn’t work in English, sorry). We do contemporary circus. Did you know that the old kind of circus only appeared in the 1700’s? That’s so interesting. And we’re doing the new, contemporary circus now, a kind of an acrobatic theater or theater with acrobatics. We figured that walking the ground was old, so we started doing aerial acrobatics on silks (those long rags hanging from the ceiling that acrobats wrap themselves into and then fall out of), the trapeze (a bar on ropes) and the double cloud (two rope swings). There’s also a lot of Mrs. hanging on Mrs. or – in case we end up on the floor – Mrs. standing on Mrs..
TE Katka Klusáková
acrobat; rigging, construction and transport boss
I’ve dropped out of the agricultural college and now, I am a regular teacher. I definitely like circus better than school, since we usually work late and don’t have to get up in the morning. I’ve never done any theater (not in the literal sense anyway) but I love to play, anytime, all the time. And almost anything. I love music and kayaks and sun and beer and animated films and comics and mountains and books and cross-country skiing and sheep and corn flakes and wind and all fruits and vegetables and my mom and people who think and who are nice. I don’t think I have a motto, because I tend to forget things but that’s what I have Pavla for!
That’s about it.
Courses, workshops and lecturers: Eliška Brtnická (CZ), Janka Klimová (CZ), Stéphanie N’Duhirahe (CH), Seiline Vallée (FR) a Salvi Salvatore (CZ), Jana Korb (D; silks, trapeze, Spanish web); Lucie N’Duhirahe and Franceska Hyde (CH and UK; cloud swing); Ilona Jänti (FI; aerial hoop); Janine Morell (D; aerial partner acrobatics); Mimbre (UK; hand-to-hand, partner acrobatics); Natalie Reckert (D; handstands); Adrienn Banhegyi (HU; skipping rope); Jana Korb (D; safety in aerial acrobatics); Tomáš Tomsa Legierski (CZ; mime, body mime and gesture workshop)
TY Pavla Rožníčková
acrobat, boss, production manager
I’m a Bohemian deserter. I’ve deserted from Bohemian studies to circus, because that way, I get to hang upside down which is supposed to be good for your brain and circulation. It also let’s me do theater, which I’ve been doing and loving since I was little. I also love bossing people around and telling them what to do which I’ve been getting away really well with so far. I also have a thing for huge earrings, arrogant forearms, open sandwiches (obložené chlebíčky), red wine, chocolate, olives with anchovies, stinky cheeses and all other foods except lardy meat, because it has yuckies in it. My motto is: “Catch the rabbit, so that you have it!” (If you recognize the source of the quote, you get a free ticket for our show.)
Courses, workshops and lecturers: Eliška Brtnická (CZ), Janka Klimová (CZ), Stéphanie N’Duhirahe (CH), Seiline Vallée (FR) a Salvi Salvatore (CZ), Jana Korb (D; silks, trapeze, Spanish web); Lucie N’Duhirahe and Franceska Hyde (CH and UK; cloud swing); Ilona Jänti (FI; aerial hoop); Janine Morell (D; aerial partner acrobatics); Mimbre (UK; hand-to-hand, partner acrobatics); Adrienn Banhegyi (HU; skipping rope); Jana Korb (D; safety in aerial acrobatics); Tomáš Tomsa Legierski (CZ; mime, body mime and gesture workshop)
Jana Ada Kubíčková
Táňa Niklová Kynclová
I’m a mama bear. I get my kicks out of smells and bruises, dark sunglasses, watching anything and everything and crazy dancing. I don’t like dumplings and I can’t resist pizza and port wine. I’m incessantly eager to hoard beautiful things – the more useless the better. Apart from bringing up and graphicsing, I enjoy cooking, hot yoga, making hats and sewing with an old sewing machine that smells of modeling clay. I have a hand-operated mixer that also smells of gray modeling clay from kindergarten – the kind hair gets caught in. Musically, I’m Moravian but otherwise, I’m a nihilist. Black is the most colorful color of all and my motto is a quote by Zappa: “A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work unless it’s open”.
Okay, everybody’s written something already, so I’d better write something, too. Well, I’m no deserter. Quite contrary, I enjoy visiting AMU (Academy of Performing Arts in Prague) and collecting degrees. But there’s nothing like practice. Nothing can make up for that. So, that’s it. As long as you know I like cocoa, coffee, fish sticks and sausages. And chewies. You can get those at any gas station, so that’s a way for me to unwind even abroad. Mmmm, coffee, anyone?
costume, makeup and stage designer
I’m supposed to write something about myself but I have no idea what to write. It’s probably because I have no talent for writing but I love the arts. I’m a trained jeweler with 10 years of professional experience and currently, I’m passing my knowledge on to my dear students at a jewelery and engraving trade school in Prague. I like pretty much all sports, music, food, drinking, the opposite sex, crazy people and I love the arts. How did I get to work with TeTy? I enjoy helping people do things that make others happy and I also love the arts. I have no idea why they’ve decided to work with me. It must have to do with Ty’s passion for huge earrings.
Veronika Antonína Rolníková
substitute acrobat, costume designer, technician, sound technician, AKA a niece of all trades
I’m a niece of all trades. Rather than a substitute acrobat, I’m a substitute anything. I do all kinds of stuff but none of it really well. I smoke a lot, I eat like a pig and I drink (flat) beer and I try to physically educate my body at various gymnasiums. I’m a Mistress of exercise. An exercising mistress! And a seamstress! And I’ll be a technician, too, they say. And I know the answer to Pavla’s motto!!! I’m skilled and popular. I guess that’s why TeTy work with me. Because TeTy means “aunts”. You (and nobody else, actually) gets to pick those. Just like you don’t get to pick your niece, your parents, your siblings, your grandmothers, children, etc.
TeTy’s guardian angel
Sorry, girls, that I’m so out of it but I’m having like three film-story ideas happen to me every day which gets a little tiring and dangerous 🙂
I promise that as soon as I return to the reality of Prague, I’ll get responsibly involved. XOXO!! 🙂
We would also like to thank:
Eliška Brtnická, Janka Klimová, Stéphanie N’Duhirahe, Lucie N’Duhirahe and Francesca Hyde for showing us the tricks; Vojta Brtnický, Lukáš Hamáček for being our most loyal photographers; Tamína Vančurová for photographs in České Budějovice; Pepa Prexl for the web …and everybody who’s helping us for helping us.