Sclavi – The Song of an Emigrant

After several years, an anonymous gastarbeiter returns from America to his village in Slovakia. His place is taken. The emigrant´s effort to fit in the imagined gap back „here“ fuse with his memories of attempts to participate in the community „over there“. The rupture in the inability to be fully there where he is, and „bare life“ as the emigrant experiences it does not mean only life without any social rights and identity, reduced to material needs, but mainly life without soul, without any network of relationships. The Latin word Sclavi means both Slavs and slaves at the same time, and Slavs still remain cheap labour force in this world.

The scenic composition draws on old Ruthenian songs, letters from emigration and Karel Capek´s novel Hordubal. It is carried in feverish beat and melodies of multi-voiced songs intermingle with raw physical action.


  • 2008 The Grand Prix Golden Laurel Wreath Award for Best Overall Play, MESS Festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia
  • 2006 Total Theatre Award, awarded by the British leading Total Theatre Magazine, awarded at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • 2006 A Fringe First Award, awarded by the Scottish newspaper The Scotsman and The Fringe Society, awarded at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • 2006 A Herald Angel Award, awarded by the British newspaper The Herald, awarded at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • 2006 Main Award of The Alfred Radok´s Prize
  • 2006 Main Award Veljka Maricice at the 13.International Small Scenes Theatre Festival in Rijeka, Croatia
  • 2005 Viliam Docolomansky and Farm in The Cave were awarded The Prize of the Theatre News and Sazka for the movement-based theatre

About the company

International theatre studio Farm In The Cave creates in Prague. Their focus is on the creation, development, and research of human expression. The company’s modern works go beyond the borders of physical, dance, or musical theatre. Their performances arise out of their long-term research which is focused on the transmission of human experience beyond words and limits of ordinary understanding.  In addition to their performances, site-specific projects, concerts, cultural research, and theatre events, Farm in the Cave also engages in educational activities. In its more than twelve years of existence, the company has represented the Czech Republic at many prestigious festivals, in more than 50 cities, and on three continents. Farm in the Cave has received numerous international and Czech prizes, among which the most prestigious is the European Prize for New Theatrical Realities for Director Viliam Dočolomanský.




Farm in the Cave / Farma v jeskyni

Czech title

Sclavi – Emigrantova Píseň

Name of director or choreographer

Viliam Dočolomanský

Length of the performance

50 minutes

Number of travelling persons



No language barrier



Scale of venue


Contact person

Jan Valter