During childhood, our best friends are dolls, teddy bears or toy soldiers. They are our path to the world of fantasy, a source of comfort when we don’t feel well, and the only ones who truly understand us. They travel with us all over the world; they are our confidantes!

In the past, dolls were a link between man and nature. People attributed dolls with supernatural abilities. Later, people began to use dolls as toys – at first, they worked with simple, abstract designs; but with time, they aimed for an ever-greater precision and realistic representation of people. Today, dolls are not just a replica of mankind, but represent his ideal – an ideal that children try to emulate.

The main themes of Dolls are relationships and playfulness, a multi-genre search for a new form of theatre within contemporary art:

Dolls as a path to ritual and nature! Dolls as a path to fantasy!
Dolls as a substitute for reality! Dolls as illusion!

Dolls and people – another evolutionary stage of mankind?

The project, inspired by the tradition of Matěj Kopecký’s (direction, scenography) puppet "clan", searches for new approaches to working with the object, and explores the relationship between new circus and puppetry, freedom and restriction, reality and illusion.

"The viewer, drawn into the game, can breathlessly watch the perfect harmony of the acrobats who present the stories on the trapeze, with ropes and mats." 
Petr Marecek, MF DNES

"4 stars! Visually spectacular and physically astounding, mesmerizing."

"5 stars! It makes Cirque the Soleil look tame."
Catherine Lamm, British Theatre Guide

About the company

Cirk La Putyka is an ensemble dedicated professionally to the contemporary Circus. We are trying to transcend the lines between acrobatics, contemporary dance, puppetry, concert and sport. We are striving to create our own specific theatre poetics and find a perspective on the genre as a whole. For Cirk La Putyka, the theme, the story and the message are as important as the professional approach to both - individual theatre genres and circus disciplines.





Cirk La Putyka

Czech title


Names of authors

Rosťislav Novák

Name of director or choreographer

Rosťislav Novák, Josef Fruček, Linda Kapetanea

Length of the performance

70 minutes

Number of travelling persons



Czech , English



Scale of venue


Contact person

Vítek Novák