Theatre of the Ancients creates ritualistic visual performance and visual storytelling experiences fusing puppetry, mask theatre and diverse arcane theatre traditions. Our work draws directly from the ancient pagan culture, myths and folklore of the island of Ibiza, Spain, where we are rooted and based.
We believe in embracing the true origins of theatre as an art form which can heal, transform, illuminate and transport – bringing us into direct contact with the liminal; the world of the mythical imagination – a realm accessed via myth and story since our first ancestors walked the planet.
The small Mediterranean island of Ibiza is where we live and work: we use theatre, visual performance, storytelling and ritual to reveal and celebrate the true cultural identity of a land named Iboshim by the Phoenicians, Ebusus by the Romans, Yabisah by the Moors, and Eivissa by its native Catalan population. We aim to transmit and communicate the incredible history, folklore and mythology of this land, giving life to the stories, ideas, traditions and values which have shaped this island for over two thousand years. As Ibiza faces the modern consequences of mass-tourism and globalisation, we believe these are messages to take urgent heed of.
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Theatre of the Ancients was founded in 2015 by artist, performance-maker
and puppeteer Joanna Hruby. With a first class degree in Puppetry from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, Joanna has interned with the Bread and Puppet Theater, USA, and studied with the Westcountry School of Myth in Devon, England. She has worked with UK companies including Puppetcraft and Four of Swords Theatre, and created giant puppet commissions for the Westcountry Storytelling Festival 2012 and the Oxford Storytelling Festival 2018.
Joanna has now relocated her artistic work to the island which first captured her heart, and her mythical imagination, as a young child on family summer holidays.
She also produces the podcast The Wells of Tanit, which celebrates the folklore, history and ancient culture of Ibiza.