“Visual storytelling through arcane folk arts.”
This is an archived resource for Joanna Hruby’s artistic projects up until the year 2015. She has now relocated from South West England to the island of Ibiza, Spain, where she has founded Theatre of the Ancients, and creates work inspired by the folklore, myths and ancient culture of Ibiza. Become a member of her Patreon community from 1€ a month to access regular blogs and essays exploring her creative work, as well as translations on local Ibizan culture, myths and folklore, and exclusive videos and performances: https://www.patreon.com/joannahruby
Joanna Hruby is a visual artist, puppet-maker, performer and writer. With a BA (Hons) first class degree in Puppetry from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, she works in diverse puppetry and visual theatre mediums in order to tell stories through accessible, unusual and enchanting ways. She has been an intern with the Bread and Puppet Theater in Vermont, USA, as well as the Great Small Works toy theater festival in Brooklyn, New York. She has also studied with Martin Shaw’s School of Myth in Dartmoor, Devon.
Joanna’s work draws inspiration from folk arts, folk theatre, folk ceremonies, rituals and practices from around the world. She has spent over a decade researching unusual and arcane craft methods for transforming natural, reclaimed and found materials into animated objects, and is devoted to the pursuit of craft as an act which is both creative and political. Her work makes reference to the patterns, structures and symbolism found within the world of myth, story and folktale.
Having spent three years based creatively and professionally in the city of Plymouth, South West England, Joanna relocated to the island of Ibiza in Spain in 2015, where she founded her company, Theatre of the Ancients. She is now using visual theatre, storytelling and myth to address the ecologically and culturally damaging effects of mass tourism and globalisation on the island.
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