When I was nervous, I would grab the ball and kick it. I knew I could not change the things around me, but I could change myself. If Messi could do it, so could I. You can’t give up. You have to dream. And keep going. Every ball you kick goes somewhere. You can’t catch a penalty, you just kick it badly. Everybody can excel at something.

A lot of young boys around the world aspire to be Lionel Messi. He’s their king, their unattainable idol. All the boys in Africa are Lionel Messi if they’re not Ronaldo. What do you make a ball out of? And what can you do with a ball? How many balls can you spin on one foot?

When football and art meet, it becomes freestyle.

If you learn how to handle the ball, you can learn how to handle people. And if you fail? You try again and again and again… until you get it right. A show about football, Messi, and freestyle that motivates kids all over the world, the importance of heroes and following your dreams.

Freestyle football world champion Daniel Pražák meets DJ and musician badfocus on stage to tell a story about determination, will and the desire to follow your dream. Directed by Petr Boháč and Miřenka Čechová, the show revisits the form of multi-genre performance for which they have received awards in the past, including Best of in the Washington Post and the Fringe First Award, bestowed by the world’s biggest theatre festival. They have performed in venues from Stockholm to Johannesburg and New York to Shanghai.

With the financial support of: The city of Prague, Ministry of Culture of Czech republic, NextGenerationEU – Funded from EU, Czech recovery plan

The city of Prague supported Spitfire Company‘s projects in 2024 with a multi-year grant in the amount of 1 650 000 CZK.

With the support of: Kloden Teater, Cirqueon z.s, Rezi.Dance, The World Freestyle Football Association, KITFest 

Concept: :
Petr Boháč
Script, choreography, direction: :
Miřenka Čechová, Petr Boháč
Daniel Pražák, Taro Troupe, badfocus (Prokop Korb)
Dramaturgical cooperation::
Iva Moberg
Light design::
Filip Horn
badfocus (Prokop Korb)
Sound design: :
Martin Hůla
Animation and comics: :
Tom Zahrádka
Scenography: :
Petr Boháč
Producer: :
Bezhlaví z.s.
Tanec Praha, Divadlo Hybernia
Thanks to::
Lucaso (Lukáš Škoda)


Spitfire Company is an artistic company that includes works of physical, visual and dance theatre.