Atlas

Species: Homo deus
Gender: *
Height: 178 cm
Weight: ca 63 kg
Genealogy: grandson of Gaia (Earth) and Uranus (Sky), great-grandson of Chaos
Habitat: usually lives by trash bins or among trees
Scientific name: klaunos aktivistum

Atlas is a subversive chameleon. They are a multipolar clown with a thousand noses. He is in a constant, massive need for communication and contact with other people, always looking for an opportunity to hold an uncontrolled dialogue. Atlas is just Atlas, a lost myth looking for someone to take their place. He is a dawdling clown searching for meaning in this clogged-up world.

Meeting with Atlas is not designed as a performance, but more as a multi-day program consisting of open office hours, walks within small groups and a final performative ritual which will contain traces of all previous gatherings.

For more information about Atlas's office, walks, and performative ritual, see below. The length of Atlas's clown-activist intervention in public space is flexible and adapts to each specific space and context.

Author and performer: Florent Golfier
Co-authors and dramaturgs: Laura Brechmann, Ondřej Holba
Production: tYhle, Ludmila Šindlerová
Partners of the project: Studio ALTA, Rezi.dance Komařice, Moving Station Plzeň, Terén
With thanks to: Lukáš Karásek, Jana Vaverková, the members of Místní místním (Locals for locals) organisation Filip, Eva and Jirka

In 2021, the project has been financially supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Prague City Hall, the city of Brno and the State Cultural Fund of the Czech Republic.

Atlas / photo: Simona Rybová

Performance

Open office hours

During open office hours, Atlas welcomes passers-by in its improvised office by a trash bin and invites them to dialogue, play or draw on environmental and social issues.

Guided walks

Duration: approx. 60min

Atlas invites you on a site-specific walk through the city to learn more about how to befriend non-human beings, how to conduct a gravity strike, and how the concept of clownocracy and social polystyrene could become a tool for the systemic change the world desperately needs.

A final performative ritual

Duration: approx. 40min

Atlas wants to celebrate all the encounters of the last days and the inspiration created with a joint ritual. The ritual aims to collectively register the anthropocentric and individualistic aspects of our culture and motivate each other towards social transformation.

Further

Clown-activist workshop / Florent Golfier

The workshop moves between activism, intervention and (clown) performance. It offers a varied set of performative and activist exercises with which participants can find their own path to clowning. The motto is "Your clown is as individual as you are", so there are no limitations except your own imagination. The workshop is open to everyone, no previous experience is necessary. The workshop will be held in Czech or English depending on the needs of the participants.