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Aleš Hrdlička

Our grant holder 2017 – 2020


University of the Arts-Codarts, Rotterdam

Field of study

Circus Arts


I was born in Prague, where I still live today. I have intensively practiced magic and juggling since age six, and have recently begun to combine these two passions with Contemporary Circus. I am the current Czech champion in modern magic and the only Czech representative to participate in the 2015 World Championship of Magic.

Since 2011, I have worked closely with the French charitable organization Magiciens du Monde, with whom I have traveled throughout Europe and Africa, where we perform at hospitals, children’s homes and orphanages, and in economically disadvantaged regions.

Since 2012, I have been a member of the Contemporary Circus ensemble Cink Cink Cirk. This experience has made me realize that Contemporary Circus is something I would like to study. Unfortunately, there is no school for Contemporary Circus in the Czech Republic, and so I have had to look for a university abroad, in a country where Contemporary Circus is in its prime. I have been accepted to the bachelor’s program in Circus Arts at the Codarts University of the Arts in Rotterdam.

I am glad to be able to take advantage of this great opportunity and, thanks to The Kellner Family Foundation, take another step towards the artistic career I have been dreaming of.


Secondary Technical School of Multimedia and Advertising, graduated in 2016


Codarts University of the Arts, Circus Arts, beginning 2016



To represent Czech Contemporary Circus and Czech culture abroad, to travel, perform, and help Contemporary Circus in the Czech Republic


Contemporary Circus: magic and juggling

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