Film workshop 2
I am Roma
Date: 01/02/2021 - 25/08/2021
Year: 2021
City: Banska Bystrica Batovce Pohronska Polhora
Tags: artistic residence , contemporary dance , drawing , light art , livestream , music , performance , theater , video art
Download: Charon-poster
Private: Radoslav Piovarči
Slovak Arts Council
Lukáš Matejka
Theatre Poton
Záhrada – Centrum nezávislej kultúry
Salaš Zbojská
Paulína Šmatláková
Michal Paľko
Alexandra Rychtarčíková
Martin Kotúček
Ján Čief
Ondrej Geče
Michal Heriban
Peter Kotrha
Juraj Ondráš
Andrej Hlinka

Dance-visual performance entitled CHARON is inspired by the mythological creature Charon – the ferrymen of souls, and the Joseph Campbell thesis about mythology being a power able to create moral systems. The Charon´s character was selected to personify human qualities in their self-reflection. It shows a contrast in the characters reflecting the attitudes to the ancient story. The theme that had already resonated in Ancient Greece highlights the fact how much is the value of money deep rooted into the human conscience. We may find the inspiration in several mythos, paintings by famous artists, ancient songs and texts. The cornerstone of the creative process is the very recitation of sound-quaint ancient texts and their transformation into the movement, performance and musical composition. The stories of our myths of the current being transcend the borders of worlds and shift the movement and the music into a more intense relationship. A series of video arts will be created during the creative process.

creative team / authors:

Radoslav Piovarči – concept, choreography, direction, performer

Paulína Šmatláková – co-author, performer

Michal Paľko – music, performer

Lukáš Matejka – video art, video documentation

Alexandra Rychtarčíková – dramaturgy, texts

Martin Kotúček – costumes

Jan Čief – lighting design



TRAKT is a citizen’s association and an organized formation focused on activities related to art and culture. The tradition of big organizations is replaced by young spirit, innovation and activity of its members. Trakt believes in the intersection of contemporary art, dance, theatre via interactive forms, installations, digital events, vj projections and environments into the public space. Radoslav Piovarči is a long-time member of Trakt realizing various dance, theatrical and multi-genre projects in Slovakia in cooperation with Trakt citizen´s association.


Dancer, performer, choreographer. He is active on the international scene of contemporary dance and physical theatre since 2009. Since then, he has collaborated with creators, theatres and ensembles like Lenka Vágnerová & company, Staatstheatre Kassel, Štúdio tanca (Dance studio, translator´s note), Total Brutal company, Verte dance, Veronika Riz, Viirus theatre, Artyci dance company, En Knap Group (co-production of Nature Theatre of Oklahoma) and others. Besides working as a performer on the international scene, he is dedicating his time to author multi-genre production. Since 2009, he has created or co-created plays like: MUNNIE, TAJ DYCH, SET UP, PRA(C)H, MIMO, SONETY 2016, 100 SUOMI FINLAND, ROZPRÁVKY…, DOBRÝ DEŇ PANE, POMÔŽEM? and others. He took part in more than 50 projects under different forms of participation, as an interpreter, creator or production manager.


She is actively working on international contemporary dance scene. She has graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London where she studied Contemporary Dance. During her time in the Great Britain, she became a member of an interdisciplinary group of physical theatre as a choreographer and performer, where she participated in the creation of the artwork entitled Lingering Games that was introduced at the festival in Taipei. Paulína was a member of a dance ensemble called Blackbox Dance Company in Denmark from 2017 to 2020. She has worked with choreographers like Ben Wright, Jason Mabana, Marie Brolin-Tani and Tina Tarpgaard and has also partaken in tours in Denmark and abroad (Sweden, Greenland, Tanzania, South Korea, Rwanda). With the choreographer Tendai Makurumbandi, she was a part of a project in Norway which resulted into a dance film in September 2020. Since October 2020, Paulína works as a freelance artist in Bratislava, where she also teaches contemporary dance.

6. – 19. 2. 2021, The Pôtoň Theatre, Bátovce

1. – 7.3. 2021, Záhrada Centrum nezávislej kultúry, Banská Bystrica

15. – 28.3. 2021, Salaš Zbojská, Pohronská Polhora

5. – 13.4. 2021, The Pôtoň Theatre, Bátovce

13. 4. 2021, 19:00 – online premiere

5. 6. 2021, 21:00, Skautský dom, Banská Štiavnica

21. 6. 2021, 19:00, Štúdio 12, Bratislava

3. 7. 2021, 20:00, Festival V novom svetle, Považská Bystrica

7. 8. 2021, Festival Atmosféra, Hontianske Nemce

25. 8. 2021, Nová Cvernovka, Bratislava

28. 8. 2021, Kultúra pre dolinu, Katolícky dom, Liptovský Mikuláš

1. 9. 2021, Divadlo Pôtoň, Bátovce

11. 11. 2021, Záhrada Centrum nezávislej kultúry, Banská Bystrica


Keep an eye on fresh information about the Charon project on the special Facebook page. The project was supported from public resources by the Slovak Arts Council. Thank you.

Translation: Karin Mikossiová