Paramisa (Cunning Stupid Roma)
A gypsy-and-whiteman goulash from the Líšeň pot.
Written by: Pavla Dombrovská (after Roma fairytales)
Direction: Pavla Dombrovská
Music: Milan Horváth (adaptation of Roma folk music)
Costume design: Barbora Křístková, Šárka Jelínková, Eva Krásenská
Puppets and masks: Antonín Maloň, Ignác Zima
Narrator Filipína Cimrová
Romani boy František Balog
King, Horse Tomáš Pavčík
The Princess, the Witch (and her Sisters) Zdena Mlezivová
The Witch’s Daughter Tereza Kroková Jr.
Dragon Ludek Vémola
Horse Štěpán Vémola
Musicians (and the family of a Romani boy) František Barkoci (guitar), Milan Balog (violin), Ladislav Balog (bass), Josef Keller (accordion), Luděk Vémola (spoons)
For children 5+ and adults without children
Duration: 60 minutes
PRAHA, Festival Habrovka
- Duration: 1 hour
- Stage dimensions: 10 x 10 x 4 m (width x depth x height)
- Setup time: 2 hours
- Lights setup time: 2 hours
- Sound setup time: 2 hours
- Disassembly time: 1 hour
- Darkness needed
- Audience risers are convenient
The play tells the tale of a Roma boy, who found the love of his life and ventured to fight the dragon for her. Although he was torn to a thousand pieces by it, he was fi nally lucky enough to get what he wanted. And even more.
The word paramisa may be translated as fairytales. This, however, fails to capture its exact meaning. In the Roma context, paramisa are addressed predominantly to adults and serve as a metaphor for the twisted and mostly unpredictable nature of real life, in which not every love ends happily and not every hero wins thanks to their abilities.
This is the spirit of the Líšeň Theatre production.
It takes place as a part of The Provoking Theater Project. Supported by Funds EHP 2014-2021.