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Ara Art Theater Company

Ara Art Theater Company







Year of foundation of the theater2011
Place:Prague, Czech Republic
Main artists:David Tišer - director, actor, founder

Pavlína Matiová - actress, singer

Líza Urbanová - dramaturg

Marta Balážová - actress, singer

Tibor Žida - musician

Jan Dužda - musician

Jitka Matiová - actress, singer

“(… And yet again we slept pindral) is the very first fully professional Roma theatre performance in our history. (…) Attractive workmanship combines drama, theatre with objects, storytelling and contemporary circus elements. “

- Lucie Němečková (journalist, dramaturg) on ...and again we all slept pindral in Magazín Mezinárodního Festivalu, 2019


ABOUT the theater


The ARA ART Theater Company remains the only representative of professional Romani theater in the Czech Republic. Its main intention is to increase visibility of Romani actors in public space as well as visibility and presentation of such actual and burning issues connected to Roma community which usually have no space in mainstream culture.
The ARA ART Theater Company is still growing and constantly works on new theater projects.


Main productions

2017
Liza Urbanová, Gejza Demeter, Zora Horváthová, Ilona Ferková, Emiil Cina: ...and again we all slept pindral
(...a zase jsme spali Pindral)
D.: David Tišer

A performance made by the authors of the ARA ART theater group using texts written by Gejza Demeter, Zora Horváthová, Ilona Ferková, Emil Cina and other Romani authors. It is the tale of an old Roma woman about the fate of the Gypsies starting from the creation of the Roma until the present days.

‘Grandma, tell me how it was, please! But pretty much from the beginning, as it should be! It is said that God liked the Roma most of the entire first created and therefore gave our people the most beautiful part of the world - a secret Paradise on earth. But we betrayed the promise, a curse rested on us, and we could never return to Paradise on earth. And so, we travelled the world. Sometimes bitter, sometimes cheerful, but always together...’

The Centre of New Circus Cirqueon
(Cirqueon Centrum Pro Novy Cirkus)
Prague, Czech Republic

2016
Milena Hübschmannová: Chirikloro, or What the Bird Says
(Čirikloro, aneb co říká ptáček)
D.: David Tišer

An interactive Roma fairy tale musical

Prague, Czech Republic

2011
Sweet Mother* (Gul´i daj)
D.: David Tišer

An author's game, which over the course of several seasons proved to be a useful tool for facilitating the Roma minority not only in excluded localities.

Prague, Czech Republic

Guest performances

Liza Urbanová, Gejza Demeter, Zora Horváthová, Ilona Ferková, Emiil Cina: ...and again we all slept pindral
(...a zase jsme spali Pindral)
2019
Roma Heroes Festival
Independent Theater Hungary
Budapest, Hungary

Theater Festival Brno (Festival Divadelní svět Brno)
Brno, Czech Republic

Khamoro World Romani Festival (Khamoro Festival)
Prague, Czech Republic

2018
Roma Week
European Platform for Romani Inclusion
Brussels, Belgium


Milena Hübschmannová: Chirikloro, or What the Bird Says
(Čirikloro, aneb co říká ptáček)
2016
Khamoro World Romani Festival (Khamoro Festival)
Prague, Czech Republic

Inclusive mainstream theatres and festivals

The Theatre World Brno (Festival Divadelní svět Brno), Brno, Czech Republic

The Encounter Festival, Brno, Czech Republic

Next Wave Festival (Příští Vlna), Prague, Czech Republic

Archa Theatre, Prague, Czech Republic

DIOD Theatre , Jihlava, Czech Republic

Ponec Theatre, Prague, Czech Republic

Buran Theatre , Brno, Czech Republic

photo credits

All rights reserved

 1: ©Jan Mihalicek_...And AgainWe Slept Pindral

2: ©Jan Mihalicek_...And AgainWe Slept Pindral

3: ©Emilia Rigova_...And AgainWe Slept Pindral

4: ©unknown_Líza Urbanová

5: ©unknown_David Tišer