About the project:

Somewhere in a city, in a yard hidden in between houses, there is a wall. A wall that challenges us, puts our courage to test and lets our imagination go riot. Also, there is a piece of luggage, one to contain our childhood, long lost wishes we have once packed up. A little boy and five adult men return to the yard, each of them with a bag, to revive their boyhood fantasies. You know, a whole wide world may be hiding behind the wall. Just try and jump over. Or simply climb up and look at the city from a bird’s-eye view. Or, why don’t we open up the bag and recall a song:


Long, long time ago, a boy was just a boy

never realizing that he was just a boy,

walking around with his head down,

grudging over spinach, milk rice

and peas for dinner.

Not to talk of steamed cauliflower.

Today, he can eat all of those.



Story: Marija Pavlović (SRB)

Libretto, direction and choreography: Jana Burkiewiczová

Direction and dramaturgy: SKUTR (SK / CZ)

Designer: Adriana Černá

Music: Petr Kaláb

Proposal acrobatic modules: Petr Horníček, Zdeněk Moravec

Assistant director, actor supervision: Željko Maksimović (SRB)

Lights: Michal Bláha

Sound: Marián Starý

Production: United Arts, s.r.o.


Performers: Petr Horníček, Lukáš Macháček, Matyáš Ramba, Vítězslav Ramba, Jindřich Panský a Kryštof Unger


A voice from a recording:  Csongor Kassai (HUN/SK) a Željko Maksimović (SRB)


Premiere 08/17 2015 at festival Letní Letná

The project is supported by the Ministry of Culture and the City of Prague


Acknowledgements: Cirqueon, Carli Jefferson, Tereza Pospíšilová, Vojtěch Dudek, Lukáš Macháček, Robert Roszbeck, Jiří Vágner, Samuel Jurkovic, Martin Glombicek, Lucie Zázvorková, Kateřina Kavanová, Olivie Dvořáková, Pavel Filip, Eva Tázlerová, Šárka Maršíková, Sváťa Skála, Panavision.cz





Behind the wall grown up men heckle themselves like boys …

“Losers created a light show with a clear story, modest scene and strong performances.”



Fatal passion and humor under the big Letná chapiteau.

“If the Czech way means fewer effects and magnificence, but more ideas and playfulness, so there is no reason to go any other way.”


Opera Plus

Losers builds an allegory of childhood from boards and chalk.

“Directors of Walls and Handbags may not even realize how much their work resonates with contemporary currents in the psychology and spiritual direction emphasizing the role and a symbol of a child, childhood.”


Taneční Aktuality

Walls and Handbags – A Poetics of Manhood Under the Circus Tent at Letní Letná

“I would gladly recommend this piece both to demanding audiences of dance performances and to all others who want to enjoy a pleasant evening with an imaginative, absorbing and heart-soothing programme, the likes of which are quite scarce on Czech stages at the moment.”



Letní Letná brings the another star of Czech new circus up to the stars.

“Losers Cirque Company, duo SKUTR and choreographer Jane Burkiewiczová managed together with the Serbian writer Marija Pavlovic, who worked on the story and screenplay, creat a dynamic, witty, unsentimental production that moved the Czech contemporary circus again on a higher level.”


Divadelní noviny

Is it possible to survive a summer with the theater? Or twice Skutr and ones Losers.

“Skutr in both productions work distinctly with contrasts (and even blending)  of dreams and the reality.”


Czech TV

“SKUTR takes you into the world of children’s fantasy, acrobatics and theater. In the lead part the eight year old gymnast.”







Petr Horníček

Tel: +420 775 570 880
Email: petr@unitedarts.cz


Eva Tázlerová

Tel: +420 605 285 601
Email: eva@unitedarts.cz