Theatre of the Ancients weaves together puppetry, visual theatre and storytelling to revive forgotten myths. Our aim is to foster live experiences of enchantment which connect people to the soil of the island of Eivissa.
The company brings together diverse arts, crafts and theatre traditions to celebrate Ibiza’s incredible cultural heritage – one bearing Phoenician, Carthaginian, Roman and Moorish traces. We use traditional puppet-making and craft processes in combination with natural, reclaimed and recycled materials. Our creations are on a mission… to tell Eivissa’s forgotten stories, and to reveal the true, ancient spirit of the island.
Theatre of the Ancients offers large scale puppetry, diverse puppetry performance, walkabout theatre, storytelling and workshops. The company has worked with Ritual Ibiza, Woomoon, Agroturismo Atzaro, Priviledge nightclub and the Fiestas de Sant Joan. The Eivissa Ancients Tribe is the company´s growing clan of giant, ´cabezudo´style puppets including the Ibizan goddesses Tanit and Demeter, and the island´s famous podenco hounds; the Eivissa Ancients Tribe giants can be hired for public and private events.
Artist, puppeteer, performer and writer Joanna Hruby spent many years travelling extensively with an unsatisfied creative curiosity. She finally returned to her native England to complete a BA (Hons) Puppetry at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, in London. In 2015 she merged her creative practice with the island she had loved since childhood, moving to Ibiza and forming Theatre of the Ancients.
For all enquiries: Hrubyjoanna@gmail.com
Theatre of the Ancients is an unfolding adventure into the unknown. We don´t quite know where we are going, but we are certainly enjoying the journey getting there. If you are interested in Ibiza´s myth and folklore, and the written word, please head to the Theatre of the Ancients blog.