Zero etc.

What if while looking in the eyes of disasters we could still tell each other beautiful stories?

Performance-dialogue of Cécile Da Costa, her eight-year-old daughter Thelma and performer Lukáš Karásek

“Mummy, will there still be fish in the oceans when I grow up?”

The future is difficult to imagine. Models and paradigms are failing. So, let’s start from the beginning, from point zero, from nothing.
There is a possibility of space, lines, geometry, dimensions…
There is a possibility of a meeting between three people……
Time has been created, the story can start: Once upon a time… 

“We must rather let go and switch from a mode to observe, to analyse, to command and to control, to experiment, to act, to feel, to adjust.”
David J. Snowden and Mary E. Boone, A Leader’s Framework for Decision Making.

An original piece by Cécile Da Costa created in a moment when she was forced to stop and reflect. At that point, questions about possible futures and perspectives started to  emerge.
Looking into the future, we are confronted with a possible collapse of our society, or even of the whole civilization?
Will the collapse shut down the future ahead, or will it open an infinity of others?
There is no answer, just more and more questions.


  • Creator, performer, choreographer: Cécile Da Costa
  • Performer, choreographer: Lukáš Karásek
  • Performer: Thelma Anouk Da Costa
  • Dramaturgy, sound designer: Ondřej Holba
  • Musician: Martin Janíček
  • Scenographer: Dragan Stojčevski
  • Lighting designer: Jiří Šmirk
  • Costume scenographer: Dorota Krátká
  • Video designer: Dominik Žižka
  • Producer: ProFitArt
  • Co-producer: Tanec Praha z.ú. / PONEC – dance venue
  • Partners: Cirqueon, Uhelný mlýn
  • Support: City of Prague, Ministry of Culture of Czech Republic, State Fund of Culture of Czech Republic

Premiere: 26th February 2022


“Da Costa uses the notorious situation where parents are forced to respond to the constant questions of their ever smarter branches, and plays a banal comic on stage, but it does not lack magic. (…) The production is presented in the name of the intended orientation towards the uncertain future of humanity, in a futuristic style.The simple scene, bright colors, simple costumes that do not inhibit, but exactly fulfill their role.The musical accompaniment, which is present on the stage and creates the sound live, works perfectly, is so embedded in the whole event that it is impossible to recall on its own. Finally, it is also possible to call such a form of accompaniment music (…) Zero etc. is definitely more “etc.” than “zero”, both in terms of quality and content. The new production of Cécile Da Costa could thus become quite an exceptional achievement on the contemporary dance scene and be a gateway to the performance art for school kids.”

Michaela Kessler, Opera plus, March 4th, 2022