Theatre of the Ancients is a visual performance company specialising in puppetry, mask theatre and visual storytelling traditions. We create ritualistic, sacred and otherworldly performance interventions rooted in the ancient culture, myths, stories and folklore of Ibiza, the Spanish island which feeds and inspires our work, as well as providing the company’s artistic base.
We are passionate about embracing the origins of theatre – as a universal and accesible art form that can heal and transform, both on an individual and a community level. Our performances draw from the raw landscapes of Ibiza, and the stories contained within them. We believe that through theatre, we can reconnect ourselves with the ancient, mythic essence of an island that has been transformed over the past century by modern tourism and globalization. By remembering the myths and stories embedded in these ancient landscapes, we can mend our broken relationship with them, and simultaneously heal our local communities.
Theatre of the Ancients has performed in diverse cultural events including film festivals, international puppetry festivals, music concerts and folklore celebrations. We have created work for the Ibizan government and tourist board, as well as bringing puppetry and story to peoples’ private homes. We are now creating an experimental, year-round cycle of seasonal, mythic and participatory performance happenings in the wild landscapes of Ibiza: you can accompany us on this journey and support its development by joining our Patreon community:
Theatre of the Ancients was founded in 2015 by visual artist, puppeteer and performance maker Joanna Hruby. Having studied a BA (Hons) Theatre Practice (specialising in Puppetry) at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, Joanna spent several years in England, producing work inspired by the myths and folklore of her native South Devon, before following an irrational dream and relocating to Ibiza, the island where she spent many summer weeks
as a child.
Joanna Hruby is also the creator of The Wells of Tanit, a podcast celebrating the culture, history, myths, folklore and ecology of Ibiza. You can listen to it here, or via Itunes, Audioboom and Spotify. This podcast is also supported by our Patreon community.