Adrienn Hód is a choreographer and leader of internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company HODWORKS. In her creations she deconstructs the framework of body, movement, space and music and rebuilds them in surprising ways.
Boris Vitazek – studied intermedia art at AFAD Bratislava – work spans many different media – visual arts, 3d mapping, interactive art, sound art, game art, video and photography work and extensive work with theater. Experimental music scene could be considered his natural environment – working with music festivals and preparing events, DJing and working on live A/V performances. His skills revolve around interaction design, dramaturgy and combination of many media into one comprehensive work. Works often include software like Blender, Unity, VCV rack, Davinci Resolve, and VVVV – software that has been most intertwined with his work and community efforts. He is currently a lecturer at Prague City University, but he has also led various workshops that were focused on creative coding.
Eva Urbanová is a Slovak dancer, choreographer and teacher. In her choreographies, she aims at studying and critiquing the mechanisms of the social system, empowering women and demonstrating the concept of dualism. She concentrates on developing her own distinctive dance style and movement language, taking inspiration from the contemporary Israeli dance scene and the field of physical theatre. One of her main success is her solo „The Essence“ which won 1st award at the Gdansk Dance Festival 2022 and 2nd Choreographic Award and Public Award at the Solo Tanz Theater Stuttgart International Competition 2021.
Jana Terekova is choreographer and dancer active between Bratislava and Paris. She is the author of several dance pieces for stage and of site-specific performances. Jana’s work clearly focuses on movement and physicality and can be more or less abstract, depending on the project. The artistic desire relates to the exploration of the body’s possibilities to metamorphose, to become something else. She creates bodies which are situated „in between”: half human half machine, between thing and living being, or unidentified not quite human being, and bodies who blur the border between human and animal.
In 2018, Juraj graduated in a doctorate research program at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia, where he has been teaching since 2015. Currently, he focuses on the production of his own pieces under the name Yuri Korec & Co. Within this label, we find the dance performances d-BODY-m (2017), Solo Not Just For One Body (2018), Not a Solo (2018), and Habibi 2196-18 (2018). Apart from many other aspects of our lives, the year 2020 influenced Yuri’s work too. He revisited Solo Not Just For One Body in order to make it into a new online version called SNPJT.online (2020). His latest work – Sapiens Territory (2020) is a performance of seven dancers which came out of a long-term international collaborative research. He also works in the field of body therapy, particularly ROLFING®, Structural Integration. In March 2011, he became the first certified Rolfer™ in Slovakia.
László Fülöp born on the 16th of December, 1987 in Budapest, Hungary the most tender bartender, an introvert shop assistant, also a dancer, performer & choreographer founder of Timothy and the Things I graduated at Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy in 2010. Since then, as a freelancer I’ve worked and collaborated with many artists and dance companies from Hungary and abroad – Vladislava Malá, Adrienn Hód, Eléonore Valére Lachky, Éva Karczag, Klári Pataky Dance Company, Zoltán Nagy, Eva Duda Dance Company, Finita la Commedia, and from 2012 on, I’ve been mainly dancing for the Danish Granhoj Dans Company. In the meantime I’ve developed my own choreographic works under the name of Timothy and the Things. In 2016 I’ve got Viktor Fülöp Scholarship as an emerging young choreographer and in 2018 received a grant from the Gaubier’s Fund as a dancer, performer. The core topic of my interest revolves around exploring and analysing, from every conceivable angle, issues relating to all forms of human social behaviour and communication, completely without generalizations or prejudices, in a simple, pure and personal way. I find extremely important to let people see and understand those inner processes which influence and guide their acts and decisions on an subconscious level.
Manuel Ronda studied industrial design at the University of Architecture in Genoa and the School of Modern Dance Theater in Amsterdam. He works worldwide as a dancer, actor and performer – he collaborates with various artists and groups (UltimaVez/Wim Vandekeybus, Rootlesroots/Kapatenea-Fruček, Andre Gingras, Frederic Flamand, Tasya Krougovykh/Pussy Riot…), dramaturgically assists choreographer Elena Fokina and works as an actor at the children’s theater “Teatro del Piccione”. His solo “El Gran Salto” was premiered in Tijuana, Mexico in 2019 and he is currently touring and leads workshops worldwide.
Martin Hodoň is a graduate of theatre studies at the Academy of Performing Arts, later he continued his studies at JAMU in Brno in directing-dramaturgy under the guidance of prof. Josef Kovalčuk. His work was mainly devoted to original and physical theatre with an overlap into contemporary dance. He completed his doctoral studies at the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava and his research area was the relationship between performance art and performing arts. In Bratislava in 2015 he founded the independent performance platform GAFFA together with Dáša Čiripová and Zuzana Némethová, which has produced the projects EVA, Slowly Flowing Days, Negative_eGOtrip, Invisible guest, s p e e c h, By the Way, A P E N D I X, C R ASH, The Village.
Martina Hajdyla is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and founder of ME-SA. She graduated from Conservatory in Slovakia and Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She was granted Dancer of the Year Award 2015 for SuperNaturals.
Paulína Šmatláková comes from Bratislava. Her studies began at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and continued at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. She graduated with a Bachelor degree in Contemporary Dance in 2016. During freelancing in London Paulína worked as a choreographer and a performer in an interdisciplinary group devised physical theatre project, Lingering Games, directed by Cao Cong and performed in Taipei. Between 2017 and 2020 she was a fulltime dancer with Blackbox Dance Company in Denmark. Here she worked with choreographers such as Ben Wright, Jason Mabana, Marie Brolin-Tani and Tina Tarpgaard, touring nationally and internationally (Sweden, Greenland, Tanzania, South Korea, Rwanda). In September 2020 she took part in making a dance film in Norway with Compassion2Dance Company, choreographed by Tendai Makurumbandi. Since October 2020 Paulína is a freelance dancer based in Bratislava, where she also teaches contemporary dance classes.
Radoslav Piovarči (creator, choreographer, performer) – Dancer, performer, tutor, choreographer, and stage director, Radoslav Piovarči has been part of professional scene of contemporary dance and physical theatre for nearly a decade. Throughout the time he collaborated with a number of leading names, theatres and ensemble, such as Lenka Vagnerová & Company, Artyci Dance Company, Theatre elledanse, Lucia Holinová, Staatstheatre Kassel, Štúdio tanca dance theatre, Total Brutal Company, VerTeDance, Jana Burkiewicz, Virus Theatre. His hitherto collaborative portfolio includes over thirty different dance projects, films and advertisements. As choreographer and director he made, since 2010 the productions of Munnie (Enfin seuls 2010), HOLD YOUR BREATH (Theatre elledanse 2012), SET UP (Theatre elledanse 2013), DUST (Liptov Dance Theatre 2015), and the modular dance project MIMO (Culture centre Dunaj 2017).
Soňa Ferienčíková is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and founder of BOD.Y ngo. She had worked with many Slovak and international artists and companies and had performed in Europe, Mexico, Israel and China. Her solo EVERYWHEN was nominated for Slovak theater award DOSKY 2018.
Pôsobí na scéne súčasného tanca na Slovensku ako tanečná choreografka a performerka. Soňa skúma nové prístupy v performatívnom umení a ich presahy. Sleduje tok umenia a jeho rizomatické umiestnenie v každodennom živote, nazerá na jeho históriu a otvorene pristupuje k jeho súčasnej podobe. Čerpaním z každodennej performativity získava skúsenosť a poznanie ako uchopiť seba, v zhluku dnešnej spoločnosti, aj podstatnú motiváciu a kreatívnu spontánnosť v procese tvorby. Skrz neustály výskum tela a mysle, meniacich sa v čase, sa pohybuje v témach sociálno-psychologickej adaptácie, medziľudských vzťahoch, či spoločnosti. Vytvára kolektívne spolupráce s vizuálnymi, hudobnými a intermediálnymi umelcami kde v spoločných procesoch testujú hranice umeleckých vyjadrení v jednom čase a priestore. Okrem každodenného života, ľudí a ľudského charakteru, ju inšpirujú naďalej aj odborné teoretické texty, štúdie a eseje o umení, performance a spoločnosti. Vytvorila tri sólové tanečné inscenácie – Autopilot, Autocorrect, Autonomy. Spolupracovala na projektoch s P. Fornayovou, T. Danielisom, kolektívom mimoOs, a i. Je spoluzakladateľkou vzdelávacieho projektu Telohra, členkou rady PlaST – Platforma pre súčasný tanec a Koordinátorkou Rezidenčného centra Telocvičňa v Novej Cvernovke.
Choreographer and media artist Tomas Danielis (Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, 1980) is known for creating artworks founded on the totality of perception aiming at integral arts. Member of the outstanding generation of Slovak dancers and choreographers born in the 80ties, he is often nicked as a black sheep of the Slovak contemporary dance scene due to his uncompromising approach to arts and reflection of transformative processes in post-communistic Slovakia. He is considered one of the foremost Slovak dance artists. His choreography engages in a type of dramaturgy overruling the primacy of music and libretto in dance, engaging in exploring sociological works on stage. After working on questions of mechanics of power he founded in 2021 collective Radical Empathy, in which along with his colleagues explores topics of empathy, fundamentals of human perceptions and interactions and their impact on creating sociological structures. His work had been “characterised by high intensity of movement expressiveness, defined intellectual concept and uncompromising dramaturgical stylisation. Choreography made of extraordinary images expressed in a rich physical language complemented by spare poignant and often ironically funny texts in total as comprehensible as music, sculpture, painting or architecture. ”His works had been presented in over 20 countries on 3 continents. His most notable works are 21&counting, Mainly Love, Equilibrium and most recent production Custom view. In 2016 and 2017 Danielis were the head teacher and resident choreographer of Ballet Moskva, where he also created performance Equilibrium based on game theory research as a part of a series about mechanics of power with a particular accent on abuse of power. From 2007 to 2009 he was art director of Int. Bühnenwerkstatt Tanztheater Festival Graz. Tomas Danielis is laureate of a number of prizes for performing art and choreography, such as the 2007 Contest – TanzRat Wien, a special prize for choreography and performing art at the 2007 Theatre Arts Festival in Rybnik, Poland, and the prize for choreography at the same event in 2009. His performing activities also saw him in the Reumert Award-winning productions “Men and Mahler” (2013) and “Rite of Spring – Extended” (2014) as a member of Danish ensemble Granhøj Dans. As a performer, he collaborated with cie.W.Dorner, director Olivier Py, Sasha Waltz and guests (as a guest), cie. F.Ruckert, Freyer Ensemble, Granhoj Dans. Danielis also ventured for 4 years in ballet. He was a soloist of Croatian national Ballet in Rijeka, guest soloist of Ballet Graz and member of the ballet ensemble of Slovak National Theatre. His pedagogical work brought him to Charleroi Dans, Henny Jurriens Amsterdam, NRW Düsseldorf, CODARTS,TQW Wien, Hot Summer Kyoto, Dansehallerne Copenhagen, Bora Bora Arhus, Ballet Moscow, Danceworx New Delhi, Tsekh, Ukrainian Contemporary Dance platform, Int. Bühnenwerkstatt Tanztheater Festival, Anton Bruckner university Linz, Terrence Lewis academy and others.