Theatre of the Ancients uses puppetry, visual theatre, storytelling and ritual to animate myth and folklore on Ibiza. Our aim is to foster live experiences of enchantment which engage with the secrets of the soil of this fascinating Mediterranean island.
The company brings together diverse theatre arts and world storytelling traditions to celebrate Ibiza’s rich folklore and cultural heritage – one which bears Phoenician, Roman, Moorish and Catalan traces. We use traditional craft processes and local, reclaimed and natural materials to sculpt imagined worlds and mythic beings. We tell Ibiza’s forgotten stories in an attempt to mend our relationship to the land.
Theatre of the Ancients offers a wide range of performance for all ages, including large scale puppetry, walkabout theatre, visual storytelling and paper theatre. We welcome unique commissions and deliver workshops for adults and children exploring myth and story through diverse puppetry, visual storytelling and folk theatre techniques (facilitated in English and Spanish).
Theatre of the Ancients was founded by Joanna Hruby, who grew up in South Devon, England, but visited Ibiza regularly on her childhood summer holidays. After years of travelling and wandering she undertook a BA (Hons) Puppetry degree at London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and established herself as an artist, performance maker and teacher in Devon. In 2015, she took the plunge and relocated her creative base to the pine-clad island she just kept coming back to.
Theatre of the Ancients is an unfolding adventure into the unknown, and an excavation of an island’s buried folklore. Please accompany the journey via the Theatre of the Ancients blog.