Current Projects (2024-25)

Wounds of the colonial past – Healing together for a shared future

The partnership tours the performance ‘ŠRÁMY/la débattue’, which deals with the intergenerational wounds and traumas inflicted by European colonisation of the African continent, as told from an Afrodiasporic perspective by Stéphanie NDuhirahe. Encountering heavy topics in a performative setting can create a shared emotional space, offering an immediate connection to a presumed past.


The performance is process-oriented and can be adapted to different locations and audiences. In each new location, performers from local marginalised communities are invited to add their voices and perspectives to the story, making colonialism echo through today’s inequalities.


Circus, as an art form, is a cornucopia appealing to wide audiences. Expanding this idea, other art forms are integrated to tell complex (hi)stories in an accessible way. The partnership pursues an intersectional approach to addressing diversity and inclusion through the medium of circus. The key objective is to strengthen the European network to contribute to decolonising circus arts, bringing more diversity on and off the stage, creating inclusive settings for deaf artists and audiences, and working towards more accessibility and equity for racialised and disabled communities in general.

Perform Europe Grant
EUR 60,000


Artistic Works

ŠRÁMY/la débattue
Producers: Cie Pieds Perchés, Schmilblick spolek, NextGenerationEU, National Recovery Plan, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, City of Prague, State fund of Culture of the Czech Republic, Centre for choreografic Development SE.S.TA, Studio ALTA, Cirqueon, KD Mlejn, StationCircus, LOFFT – DAS THEATER, Korb+Stiefel. The project is supported by the National Recovery Plan
ŠRÁMY/la débattue is a site-specific performance with a process-oriented dramaturgy allowing for the piece to evolve and be adapted to different locations. The performance brings together different art forms and combines contemporary circus, physical theatre, visual art, video art, and live music. Language is used as an artistic tool to add layers to stories: spoken and signed languages oscillate between translating and contradicting each other.

The work deals with intergenerational trauma caused by colonisation and asks how violence and pain is transferred through generations and become embodied memories. The show addresses the topics of colonial continuations and different forms of discrimination, but not as a story of victimisation, but as a source of strength by taking an active role as performers and narrators. The artistic director of the project, Stéphanie NDuhirahe, investigates her own family history and explores the visible and invisible wounds that historic events may have left on her, and by doing so, initiates a process of healing and recovery through touch, movement and the telling of (hi)stories.

Tour Dates

Photo credits

Cirkopolis/David Konečný

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