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Escape, flee, run away – effugio. Have you ever escaped your own mind? Have you battled obsessive thoughts? Or run away from very intense psychological pressure? Do you know what it is like to live in a world where everybody judges you because you cannot do all that?

Mental discomfort – everyone deals with in their own way. What so unbearable must happen in people’s lives that they choose self-harm as a way of escaping mental discomfort?

Self-destructive behaviour occurs most often in young people. We know that girls aged 13 to 17 are extremely prone to intentional physical self-harm. But they are not the only ones who get to solve their problems in this way, fostering self-loathing instead of self-love. Some people suffer from borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder or their environment puts too much pressure on them. Others want to try it out of curiosity.

This work is based on a collection of authentic stories of people who have undergone or are undergoing some forms of conscious self-injury. It maps the causes, possible triggers and stressors provoking the feelings of intense sadness, loss of one’s own value, and the feelings of insufficiency, and inducing the urge to punish oneself or simply escape these thoughts and have an empty head for a while. Some of these people have a one-time experience, for some self-harm has become a ritual to which they resort every time they are confronted with the outside world, just to feel better.
What kind of experience do you get when you harm your own body? How much pain do you feel, if any? And what happens next?

The origin dance installation Effugio was focused generally on causes and circumstances that evoke certain emotions which influence formation of self-esteem and lead to self-harming. Effugio volume 2 goes deeper to feelings and emotional changes right before, during and after the self-injury.

It is important to realise that a person who self-harms wants to solve the problem. But does not know how. The only way to healing is to understand people, not to criticise them!


Concept, choreography: Natálie Podešvová
Dramaturgy: Jana Stárková
Sound direction: Jan Vaniš
Lighting design: Jan Poš
Sets and costumes: Veronika Traburová
Animation: Adéle Križovenská
Performers: Katarína Hudačková, Jana Maroušková, Natálie Vacková, Adéla Voldrábová, Jan Homola, Arman Kupelyan, Jan Štrachal
Production managers: Natálie Matysková, Natálie Podešvová

With the support of Studio ALTA and HAMU.




Dočasná company is a collective of young artists who create a platform for a diverse contemporary concept of art focused mainly on dance and physical theater. Its goal is to change the boundaries between creation for the general public and intellectual art for professional audiences. Besides the traditional work in a theatrical environment Docasná company brings the art out to an atypical environment in the sense of street art and site-specific projects.

photo: Vojta Brtnický


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In 2021 all events at Studio ALTA were free. In 2022 we are introducing a new pricing system – Pay What You Can – which will allow you to choose to pay for your ticket an amount you can afford.

Tickets for each event now feature a suggested amount, giving you access to performances at ALTA for a lower price. Great! If you can pay more, you will help others pay less. We don’t wish to judge nor stigmatise but create a space for mutual solidarity and make culture accessible.

The Pay What You Can system is inspired by similar systems used by Theater, Atelier 210 in Belgium, and Battersea Arts Centre in London.

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