Schedule

Wednesday 26.05.2021

Autocorrect is a solo dance performance that draws inspiration from the algorithm of automatic text correction as well as the consequences of its use and operating in everyday life. In the game of multitasking, where autocorrect is an instrument of identity, we observe the uncontrolled and, conversely, controlled body of the performer on the border between the creative process and everyday life.

„What is world, baby don’t hurt me?! (autocorrect.) I am sitting on the floor comfortably (changing the position automatically as needed) and peeling a pomelo.“

The Autocorrect is a loose sequel to Autopilot, the artist’s earlier solo.

Concept, Choreography: Soňa Kúdeľová
Performance: Soňa Kúdeľová
Dramaturgy: Ivo Dobrovodský
Costume: freier
Music: Dominik Novák
Visual Concept: Juraj Mydla, Martin Toldy
Production: Project Batyskaf

Soňa Kúdeľová

She is active on the Slovak contemporary dance scene as a choreographer, performer and lecturer. She studied dance at the J. L. Bella Conservatory in Banská Bystrica and aesthetics at the Comenius University in Bratislava. Her work is inspired mainly by everyday life and the micro-moments of knowledge in it. She has created two solo performances Autopilot and Autocorrect in which she uses intermedia and the Sounds of Silence project. Further collaborations: tl; dr and 10080 (T. Procházka, I. Dobrovodský, Batyskaf), Privates (D. Koššová), Bottoms Up (mimoOs), Manifest of Possibilities (P. Fornayová). She co-founded the TELOHRA educational project and is a member of the PlaST board.

The dance duet by Nikoleta Rafaelisová and Daniel Raček is an anticipation of the end. On the background of J. L. Borges´ texts the piece examines the overlap of conciousness and unconciousness and their influence on shaping reality.
Time as a catalyst of cortex and a next wasted chance to remember my own life. I will die and I won’t even remember.

Directed by: Martin Hodoň
Performance: Nikoleta Rafaelisová, Daniel Raček
Dramaturgy: Dáša Čiripová
Set Design, Costumes, Light Design: Michal Hōr Horáček
Music: Ink Midget
Production: GAFFA o. z.
Co-production: Štúdio 12

Martin Hodoň

A graduate of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (theatre theory and critisism) and the Department of Direction/ Dramaturgy at the Janáček Academy  in Brno. His main focus is physical theatre, with an overlap to the contemporary dance. He participated in the OBRYS project for the National Theatre in Brno (directed by J. Bartovanec). He co-directed the dance solo by T. Janypka New Orchards. In 2015, he co-founded the independent performative platform GAFFA for which he has created several projects. He collaborates with the NOMANTINELS Theatre and is the dramaturg of the Drama QUEER Festival.

Nikoleta Rafaelisová

Graduated from the Eva Jaczová Dance Conservatory in Bratislava. She started dance career in the Slovak Nationale Theater ballet, where she performed several solos and main characters (Literary Fund Award). She worked in the Bratislava Dance Theater, later she performed in independent projects of the elledanse, Debris Company and Late Harvest Association. As a dancer, she has collaborated with recognized artists of the European scene (Magyar Fesztival Ballet, Prague Chamber Ballet, Company Michéle Anne d´May, Akram Khan Company, the CIE Laroque Dance Company, the Two Dogs Company, the Helsinki Dance Company). She currently works in the SND Ballet as a ballet master.

Daniel Raček

During almost 30 years in the field of contemporary dance, he has collaborated with a number of Slovak and foreign choreographers and directors (Jozef Vlk – Debris Company, Jozef Fruček and Linda Kapetanea – RootlessRoot Company, Karen Foss Quiet Works). Since 2014, he is a member of the slovak Late Harvest Association, whose work is characterized by open forms and progressive methods of creation and research. In his pedagogical practice he focuses on the principles of contemporary dance with a special focus on up-side down positions and modern partnering. In 2006 he was awarded the prize for the best performing performance in contemporary dance – Philip Morris / Flower of Ballet. He is a graduate of the Math and physics faculty of UK and Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava.

GAFFA

A professional theatre collective connecting an experimental and authorial attitude. Since 2016, GAFFA has produced Eva, V samote, Pomaly plynúce dni, Mimochodom, Negatív_eGOtrip, ↑&X / A P E N D I X and Neviditeľný hosť.

At the beginning of a theatrical-dance performance stands the word „repast“. The seemingly archaic word speaks of spiritual repast in contrast to the natural,  necessary nourishment.The author’s testimony about our everyday life, coexistence, constant movement of thoughts and unpredictable emotions.

Choreography: Milan Tomášik
Directed by, Dramaturgy, Music Design: Jakub Mudrák
Performance: Sabina Bočková, Lukáš Homola, Jakub Mudrák, Veronika Tőkőly
Costumes: Veronika Vartíková
Music: Nils Frahm
Light Design: Martin Hamouz
Production: tri4 o. z.
Co-production: Plesni Teater Ljubljana
Production cooperation: Alexandra Mireková, Lukáš Homola

Milan Tomášik

Choreographer, dancer and teacher, co-founder of the successful dance collective Les SlovaKs.  He has collaborated with several important personalities of contemporary dance (Iztok Kovač, Mala Kline, Eva Weissmann, Katarína Zagorski, Magdalena Reiter). Since 2006 he has been creating performative pieces, such as the solo pieces Within (2006), Off-beat (2011), Solo 2016 (2016) and, since he founded Milan Tomášik & Co. he has choreographed the group performances Hunting Season (2014), Silver  Blue (2015) and Fight Bright (2018).

tri4

The tri4 collective was established in 2014 with the aim to provide space for creators of dance and theatre productions. In addition to Repast choreographed by Milan Tomášik, they have premiered the debut dance solo by Lukáš Homola Solus (2016) and the group piece Erosion (2017).

Last year was extremely difficult for the entire artistic community. Since the platform was scheduled for November and the selected works reflect the past two seasons, we will try to find questions and answers to what the year with Covid has taught us, where the dance scene has moved and what it has managed to produce. We will explore which new formats of dance presentation have turned out to be attractive for the creators, and for the audiences, what the new technologies have taught us and what other ways artists have used to communicate with their audiences. We will look at personal experiences of artists, what the quarantine has revealed to them about themselves. 

Moderated by: Miroslava Kovářová (artistic director, Bratislava in Movement Festival and member of the Slovak Dance Platform board of dramaturges)

Guests: Monika Čertezni (The Theatre Institute), Barbora Janáková (dancer, MimoOs), Pavol Gajdoš (manager, Dance Studio Theatre), Dano Raček (dancer, neskorý zber), Yuri Korec (choreographer and therapist), Jana Tereková (dancer,  bees-R)

Dance performer Lukáš Zahy will be looking for truth. 

In the streets of Bratislava city you are welcome to see a performance. It is a part of artistic research with topic a truth. Lukáš Zahy choosed this topic because he has a strong insterest of human authenticity, discovering art possibilities and lifetime learning. During his artistic research he was asking these questions: What is truth? Does it exist? It can be subjective and objective in the same time? How it works? How it influence civilization understanding of this word? How it is manifesting in movement?

Author and performer: Lukáš Zahy

Sound: Richard Fűlek

Cameraman: Michal Furda

Lukáš Zahy

He studied at Academy of performing arts in Bratislava a program dance theater and performance. In present he study on prestige experimental dance academy SEAD in Salzburg. He cooperated with known choreographers and performers as an Yuri Korec, Andrej Petrovič, Peter Šavel, Marta Poláková and visual artist Andrej Dúbravský and Neil Curtis.

Thursday 27.05.2021

POINT OF ASSEMBLAGE is an interdisciplinary stage piece connecting dance, live music, visual art, light design and the architecture of a post-industrial space. The production is a collaboration of seven artists from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Norway.

POINT OF ASSEMBLAGE represents a “New Temple“ in times of a contemporary human. It invites the spectator in and proposes a Journey – an act of ´passing through´ the border between everyday life and the sacred, dreamed World. The performance articulates a search for deeper Knowing. It is a non-linear story, that reenacts prayer as a ritual of deep listening and connection.

What is important is to allow the Point of assemblage to move. This movement is supported by light and the scope of our imagination, which creates the connection between the internal and the external, between the beginning and the moment of disappearance. Nothing is permanent.

Concept, Choreography: Roberta Legros Štěpánková
Performance: Lukáš Lepold, Tomáš Janypka, Roberta Legros Štěpánková
Music Composition: Amund Roe
Doublebass: Romana Uhlíková
Visual Concept: Eli Dijkers
Light Design: Pavla Beranová, Filip Horn
Technical and dramaturgical support: Matthieu Legros
Production: Martina Čeretková
Coproduction: creat studio s.r.o.

Roberta Legros Štěpánková

Works as a performer, choreographer, teacher and body oriented psychotherapist. She has worked centering in the awareness of a moving body understanding its expressive and healing potential since 2009. Roberta teaches dance at regular open classes and since 2020 at the Department of Physical Theatre at the Janáček Academy in Brno. She creates pieces rooted in the immediacy of a moment, mainly in solo and small scale inter-artistic collaborations

Touch is our primary sense. Touch is dangerous. Touch is what is at stake today.

When creating this piece, the performers kept diaries of touches for 9 months (even during the pandemic). In language, there are only few words for describing touch and even less for describing the experience of being touched, so they invented ways to describe and move our experiences.

Instead of just watching the image, you can allow yourself to be affected viscerally and to stay for a while with this way of engagement with your surrounding.
Imagine a group of youngsters in a sports hall, dressed uniform-like. A sports hall is a place of discipline. Discipline creates beautiful shapes. What if in our primary schools we practiced the discipline of sensitivity? They are close to each other, but not yet touching. They are to build together something yet unseen. They are singing an ode to softness.

Concept: Sonja Pregrad a kolektív
Choreography: Sonja Pregrad
Performers: Barbora Janáková, Eva Priečková, Silvia Sviteková, Jazmína Piktorová, Andrej Štepita, Lukáš Bobalik, Viktor Ćernický a Tomáš Janypka
Scenography: Dana Tomečková
Music: Nika Pečarina
Light design: Martin Polák
Production: mimoOs
Co-production: Spolek ZDRUHESTRANY

Sonja Pregrad

Dance artist, performer and teacher, based in Zagreb (Croatia) and Berlin (Germany).
In her work as a choreographer, dance is always thought of as a relational gesture, her choreography extending from re-inventing body-based practices to re-appropriating performance formats. As a performer she has been working with choreographers Meg Stuart, Isabelle Schad, visual artist Sanja Iveković, and others.
She has received a several awards. She is a founder and producer of Antisezona program at the Contemporary Art Museum, the Improspekcije festival and the Fourhanded artistic organization.

mimoOs

Covers the artistic and educational activities of six graduates of Academy of Performing arts in Bratislava: Eva Priečková, Barbora Janáková, Simona Tonková, Lukáš Bobalik, Andrej Štepita, Silvia Sviteková. The group members collaborate with renowned artists (A. Lachký, J. Korec, M. Poláková, P. Šavel, L. M. M. Balážová, Z. Méndez Marín and others) and they were part of domestic and foreign festivals (Bratislava in Motion, Kiosk, NuDanceFest, Hybaj ho!, reSITE, Front @, Tanzimpulze, Fintdaz etc.). MimoOs organized a series of Body-Voice-Community workshops and in 2018, they founded the Telohra educational program.

Spolek ZDRUHESTRANY

An artist collective that produces pieces and is active in supporting contemporary physical theatre, dance, performance or clown art. It was founded by the graduates of the Physical Theatre Studio led by Pierre Nadaud at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno.  Since 2013 the members have collaborated, as a group, with Daniel Gulka, Jaro Viňarský or Dominique Boivine among others. Their portfolio contains over a dozen of their own projects that have been presented in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Germany and Israel.

“This is my head and I will separate it from the body so that I can say there is my head.” (J. Juhás)

We started off with little dances with John Zorn and Keiji Haino in 2014. We threw cabbage heads into the corner of the stage. Later we met to dance this time with girls – outsiders, weirdos, girls who wear aluminium hats, girls uttering long tones and winning beauty contests whispering that we failed because of an intellectual error. We are inserting our fingers into the folds of a slightly torn hoodie. Moon cup on the floor has been chewed into pieces by the cat. The head is still rolling around in the corner. Bloody moments. This is becoming very personal. The sperm tastes best after eating a pineapple, whereas the crisps taste best while having a period. We have failed. Bloody moments.

Concept, Choreography: Eva Priečková, Zuzana Žabková
Performance: Eva Priečková, Zuzana Žabková
Scenography: Nik Timková
Light Design: Jozef Čabo
Music Supervision: Jakub Juhás
Production: Ivo Dobrovodský, Fuga

Eva Priečková

Eva is a is a freelance choreographer, dancer and performer currently based in Slovakia. Her current research is focused on the concept of flowing energy- She is trying to find a permanent connection between the creative process and daily activities as well as to focus on listening and sensual perception. Sometimes she gets melancholic and lonely, sometimes she feels inspired, encouraged and subtle. As a creator she is inspired by co-dependent, supportive and caring collective work, experimental music, voice and spirit.

Zuzana Žabková

Was born in Slovakia, currently she is active in Germany and the Czech Republic as a dancer and choreographer. In her work, she uses the principles of performance, video and installation. She likes thinking in terms of permaculture and questioning failing utopias. She is asking herself often what are the fundamental things which has to be changed from the side of the artists in order to change the conditions of the labour and the care within its potential social impacts. She really likes to move like a reptile.

3×20 manifests the energy and message of three women – choreographers. Each of them reflects the problems of today through her own eyes, inspired by her background, her own hopes and fears. The topics are diverse: movement (in)ability of today´s people vs the more sacred view on movement of the ancient world (Squat), mass paralysis of values in times of political-mafia manipulation (Čin) and the searching for the harmony of micro- and macrocosm within a human being (Spaces). Strong emotions, technically acomplished  contemporary dance and varied aesthetics guarantee a complex and unique experience.

Choreography: Martina Hajdyla Lacová (SQUAT), Lívia Méndez Marín Balážová (ČIN), Zuna Vesan Kozánková (SPACES)
Performance: Laura Carolina Garcia, Tibor Trulik, Jason Yap, Julie Charalambidou, Bartosz Przybylski, Michaela Mirtová
Dramaturgy: Jakub Mudrák
Costumes: Larisa Gombárová
Light Design: Ján Čief
Project idea: Zuzana Ďuricová Hájková
Production: Divadlo Štúdio tanca

Martina Hajdyla Lacová

Is a graduate of the J. L. Bella Conservatory in Banská Bystrica and the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. Since 2010 she is a freelance dancer and teacher active on both the Czech and the international dance scene. She is most busy in her home company ME – SA in Prague. She was nominated for the Thalia Award 2016 for outstanding performance in the piece L/One of the Seven (choreography Andrej Petrovič).

Lívia Méndez Marín Balážová

Studied at the J. L. Bella Conservatory in Banská Bystrica, at SEAD in Salzburg and at P.A.R.T.S in Brussels. She was a member of the prestigious Ultima Vez company of the choreographer Wim Vandekeybus. In 2015 she founded her own company Colectivo Priekopník Veverička, which has already produced some successful performances. She is currently based in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Zuna Vesan Kozánková

Is a graduate of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. She is a a renowned teacher working around the world (Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, Germany, France, Great Britain, Thailand, China, Hongkong) with over 25 years of experience. She combines her knowledge with the universal principles of taoism, her studies of Chinese medicide and chi kung to explore the nature of movement.

Divadlo Štúdio tanca

Štúdio tanca in Banská Bystrica was founded in 1998 by Zuzana Ďuricová Hájková. In the whole period of its existence it has strived for courage, authenticity, topicality and professional approach. It is strict in its artistic orientation and presents the work and supports the creators, their artistic expression and opinion. In this sense it is a unique institution in Slovakia.

In the 23 years of its existence, Štúdio tanca has played more than 1.400 performances, more than 350 of them on tour in Slovakia and abroad and has presented its pieces to a total audience of 120.000. The ensemble regularly appears in venues locally and it has represented Slovakia on prestigious international festivals in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Russia, Germany, Italy, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Egypt, Japan, India, Panama and the Dominican Republic.

The company has been praised for its unique artistic profile and is a recipient of the Mayor of Banská Bystrica Award and the Award of the Minister of Culture among others. The latest accolade is the Dosky Award in the category of outstanding dance creation for the creators and the production 3×20 Women. In the current season the company boasts a strong ensemble of dancers from three continents.

Divadlo Štúdio tanca artistic ensemble is a collective of professional dancers from three different continents hailing from various dance backrounds. Among the main attributes of the company are its diversity, playfulness, precision and a general attitude of necessary distance from things. Along the shows at their home theatre in Central Slovakia the ensemble tours and is featured on festivals.  The company members also teach dance and movement and their artistic and human involvement has a significant impact not only on the (contemporary) dance scene in Banská Bystrica.

What is one’s relationship to his or her own yearning and options? What is stopping us from decision making and responsibility taking? What or who is a driver of our decisions? 

The process of desire’s arising is comprehensive. It includes psychological, social, cultural, religious, and other influences. Yearning, for a healthy individual, is an integral part of values such as freedom, will, truth, and change. Our intention was to reveal a state when we are mindful of our yearnings, what are our innermost desires, how to manifest them at individual or collective level. But, at the same time, we do not cling to them as if they were the only important in our life. They are just present, we share them sensitively and I assist others on their way to their own yearning. This is the state we call free efforts or effortless being. 

Concept:  Katarína Brestovanská

Performance: Katarína Brestovanská, Adam Dekan, Martin Iľanovský

Dramaturgy: Jana Smokoňová

Texts: Katarína Brestovanská, Adam Dekan

Music: Adam Dekan, Martin Iľanovský

Costumes: Petra Kovács

Scenography: Sebastián Komáček

Associate choreographer, dance supervision: Andrej Petrovič

Light design and equipment: Slavomír Šmálik et al.

Voice instructor: Ivana Estrella

Media set: Marianna Lutková

Production: Nový Priestor o.z. Katja Thalerová

Katarína Brestovanská

Slovak dancer and a choreographer. Her works develope connections between music, musical partiture, digital sound, dance and performance which become tightly intertwined in her creations. She creates original and authentic performances which were presented both in Slovakia and internationally. One of her works, DUAL (2017) won the award for the Most Innovative Performance of the Fintdaz International Festival in Chile, along with the award for its contribution to the development of artistic and cultural values ​​in the field of contemporary art.  She collaborates with the German dance group MichaelDouglas Kollektiv.

NOVÝ PRIESTOR

Production platform for collective of authors led by Katarína Brestovanská.

Our Velvet  Revolution was a turning point for most of us. Manifest of Possibilities does not want to be an objective  enumeration of events. It is a manifesto of different perspectives from which we can look at the revolution and at the times coming after. 

“…One of the most important values of the revolution was the feeling of solidarity. Key values included humanity, human dignity … today we have to ask to what extent reform post-revolutionary laws have in mind these values. (…) Another central value of the revolution was freedom. However, the ethical anchorage of freedom and social dimension has largely disappeared in the post-revolutionary era of transformation.”(Philipp Ther: New Order of the Old Continent_ The story of neoliberal Europe)

Concept, direction, texts, choreography: Petra Fornayová

Performance: Anna Čonková, Soňa Kúdelová, Soňa Macejáková, Jana Machútová, Libuša Puškárová, Silvia Sviteková

Dramaturgy: Peter Šulej

Video: Boris Vitázek

Music: Ambróz Šulej (and select)

Scenography: Petra Fornayová, Boris Vitázek

Costumes: Iveta Haasová

Technical direction, light design, scene fabrication: Slavomír Šmálik

Photographies used in the performance:  Juraj Fifík

Text source assistance: Pavlína Petrželková

Production: AST, Tereza Michalová

Petra Fornayová

She focuses on contemporary dance and theater. She has created more then 15 performances. They performed regularly at home and abroad. The works Dance with Changing Parts (2018) and Patterns (2019), which she created in collaboration with the contemporary music Cluster ensemble were nominated for the Tatra Bank Foundation Award for Art 2018 and 2019. She founded and leads the international festival of contemporary dance and movement theater Nu Dance Fest, is a member of the editorial board of the magazine for contemporary art VLNA. She is active also as a activist in the field of cultural policies.

Friday 28.05.2021

NO ON is an organic creative process. It is a performative concert, dance without choreography, music without a score. It exists in the dedicated space and time, selflessly offering a spectrum of images, tones, movements, light steps, emotions and inspirations.

Present in the space are the spectators and objects of different shapes and functions. And the performers, who are the energetic conductors connecting everything. The spectators arrive, choose a spot, sit down and the objects begin to resonate with their movements and feelings. Everything in the space is washed over by music and movement. Though this fluidity can perhaps not be perceived with a naked eye, it can surely be exploding within us. The role of „the energetic conductors“ is to let all these vibrations pass through them, resonating. If they feel a potential in the established resonance, they navigate or transform, dive deep into their own fantasy and through this create a tangible matter in the space. This matter that is in reality born from the togetherness in the room.

Concept: Barbora Janáková
Performance: Barbora Janáková, Juraj Čech
Music: Juraj Čech
Dramaturgy: Katarína K. Cvečková
Set Design, Costumes, Light Design: Laura Madijah Štorcelová
Movement and conceptual coach: Peter Šavel
Music coach: Marián Zavarský
Production: mimoOs, Barbora Janáková

Barbora Janáková

She is a dancer, performer, choreographer, production manager and teacher. She graduated from the conservatory in Nitra (2011) and from the Academy of Performing Arts (2016). She participated in internships abroad (Belgium, France, China). She performed in several Slovak and international productions Night illusion (2016), Support (2017), Assemblage (2018), Watch Now (2019), Diaries of Touch (2020) As a creator, she collaborated on the performances Bottoms up, Touch, Moving Mountains, Thread Sewn. She is the chairwoman and manager of mimoOs activities and member of PLaST. She co-founded the Telohra educational programme.

mimoOs

Covers the artistic and educational activities of six graduates of Academy of Performing arts in Bratislava: Eva Priečková, Barbora Janáková, Simona Tonková, Lukáš Bobalik, Andrej Štepita, Silvia Sviteková. The group members collaborate with renowned artists (A. Lachký, J. Korec, M. Poláková, P. Šavel, L. M. M. Balážová, Z. Méndez Marín and others) and they were part of domestic and foreign festivals (Bratislava in Motion, Kiosk, NuDanceFest, Hybaj ho!, reSITE, Front @, Tanzimpulze, Fintdaz etc.). MimoOs organized a series of Body-Voice-Community workshops and in 2018, they founded the Telohra educational program.

Two beings. Two energies. Two opposites. The tension between them shifts the distance. Relationship in the infinite oscillation of reflection and rest. Who is who? Is it important?

The basic idea of the choreography was to look for possibilities how to grasp, with minimal means of expression, the existential question of tension, which is the essence of life. A tension that vibrates and oscillates, that is sometimes invisible and sometimes so evident that it obscures everything else. The existence of tension presupposes the existence of opposites – their examination was the second idea of choreography. The circle is the final idea of the choreography. Its qualities such as secretiveness, autonomy and symmetry nourished the work. The use of masks originally had only one goal – to draw attention to the body, but perhaps it creates the opposite tension. Finally, it also refers to our current experience.

Concept: Marta Poláková
Choreography: Marta Poláková & co
Performance: Silvia Sviteková, Lukáš Bobalík
Music: Martin Polák, Tibor Feledi
Costumes: Simona Vachálková
Masks: Marek Štuller
Light Design: Robert Polák

Marta Poláková

She is a representative of the first generation of independent choreographers of contemporary dance in Slovakia. She has been choreographing continuously since the early 1990s, when she founded the first independent dance group a dato. She has created thirty-one evening-length and shorter pieces, presented in Slovakia and abroad. Her choreographic work is characterized by detailed work with the body and an interest in authentic expressiveness. Since 2008, when she received a certificate in Laban Movement Analysis, she has been using the analysis as a choreographic tool and keeps inspired by Laban’s original ideas.

Sapiens Territory is a performance for seven dancers which came out of a long-term international collaborative research.

Where does the body end and the behavioral patterns begin into which we try to fit our bodies day after day? Is it at all possible to distinguish between them or have they grown into a single inseparable entity after all those years, a little like a broken leg into plaster? In this piece, Yuri Korec explores the violence we inflict on ourselves to mask who we really are. But also the violence that protects us from ourselves and our surroundings, scrutinizing us almost all the time. He subjects it to a thorough repeated re-examination with a group of dancers. It will become clear very soon that, more than being shaped by the frameworks, we are shaped by how we define ourselves towards them. Sapiens Territory notices moments when the body suddenly betrays us in contact with them, dismisses obedience, does not cooperate. It will be only then, if we can be ourselves at all.

Concept: Yuri Korec
Choreography: Yuri Korec & co.
Performance: Eftychia Stefanou, Jakob Jautz, Eva Priečková, Silvia Bakočková, Zuzanna Pruska, Michal Toman, Alica Šaling
Dramaturgy: Ivana Rumanová
Scenography, Light Design: Matúš Ďuran, Tomáš Hubinský
Music: Matúš Bolka
Production: Skrzprst

Juraj Yuri Korec

In 2018, he 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 label Yuri Korec & Co. – so far he has produced dBODYm (2017), Solo Not Just For One Body (2018), Not a Solo (2018), Habibi 2196-18 (2018), and online project SNPJT.online (2020). He also works in the field of body therapy, particularly ROLFING®, Structural Integration. In March 2011, he became the first certified Rolfer™ in Slovakia.

Yuri Korec & Co.

Yuri Korec & Co. is a project platform and art brand of the choreographer and performer Juraj Korec. Since 2017, it presented several evening-length dance productions (d-BODY-m, Sólo nielen pre jedno telo (2018), Nesólo (2018) and the group performance Sapiens Territory (2020)). The main focus of the Yuri Korec & Co. pieces is the phenomenon of the presence of the human body and its interaction with its surroundings. Its creative processes experiment with the forms of movement in interaction with other artistic media and explore the relationship between the actors and the spectators. Artistic cooperations under the name Yuri Korec & Co. are produced by the Skrzprst association, which specializes in educational activities in the area of contemporary dance and also works with the youngest generation of dance artists.

The Man Without Qualities is an ironic and disillusioned panorama of the modern society and its way of thinking.

It is inspired by the novel of the same name by the Austrian writer Robert Musil, which is considered to be an essential work of the last century literature. It is known for a unique usage of irony, sarcasm and it mixes disdain with admiration for the end of something, that iniciates the start of something new.

The world in which the individual characters move in the piece, is a colourful caleidoscope. The characters cannot keep their identities and fail to finish their actions – the fragment rules over the whole. There is hardly any literarary plot, the protagonists act rather than think. They have some kind of a fictitious form, they seem to be moving behind a dark plane, emerge before they start to act and disappear when we forget about them.

Concept, Directed by, Music: Jozef Vlk
Choreography: Stanislava Vlčeková
Performance: Laura Carolina Garcia, Tibor Trulik, Jason Yap, Julie Charalambidou, Bartosz Przybylski, Michaela Mirtová
Set Design: Ján Ptačin
Costumes, Masks: Andrea Pojezdálová
Light Design: Ján Čief
Production: Divadlo Štúdio tanca

Stanislava Vlčeková

Independent choreographer, dancer and dance teacher. She graduated from the J. L. Bella Conservatory in Banská Bystrica and from the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. Currently she is active in DEBRIS company. As a choreographer she contributes to various theatre productions and interdisciplinary projects. As a teacher she is active in Slovakia and abroad and focuses mainly on contemporary dance techniques and partnering together with the dancer Daniel Raček. She have received numerous awards: the jury award at SAITANA International Dance 2002 in Japan, the TAOS award 2009 (dance personality of the season) for the pieces Jablko (elledanse) and Hexen (Debris Company), and in 2012 the 3rd place in a competition of choreographic miniatures in Serbia for the choreography of Rose for the ensemble Balet Bratislava.

Jozef Vlk

An author, director, musician, composer, choreographer, performer, light designer and producer. He founded the Hubris theatre company (now called Debris Company). He participated in several musical and theatrical study stays (Graz, Stuttgart, Amsterdam etc.) and workhops. With the Debris Company he has created more than 25 productions that have been presented in international festivals and venues. As a director and composer he has cooperated with acclaimed Slovak and international artists in musical, theatrical and film projects. He creates his pieces as musical and movement compositions in which light and visual elements play an important role. He is recipient of several awards and nominations for his work (DOSKY awards, Tatrabanka Art Award in the category of music, OSTR-AVAR award for music and others).

Divadlo Štúdio tanca

Štúdio tanca in Banská Bystrica was founded in 1998 by Zuzana Ďuricová Hájková. In the whole period of its existence it has strived for courage, authenticity, topicality and professional approach. It is strict in its artistic orientation and presents the work and supports the creators, their artistic expression and opinion. In this sense it is a unique institution in Slovakia.

In the 23 years of its existence, Štúdio tanca has played more than 1.400 performances, more than 350 of them on tour in Slovakia and abroad and has presented its pieces to a total audience of 120.000. The ensemble regularly appears in venues locally and it has represented Slovakia on prestigious international festivals in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Russia, Germany, Italy, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Egypt, Japan, India, Panama and the Dominican Republic.

The company has been praised for its unique artistic profile and is a recipient of the Mayor of Banská Bystrica Award and the Award of the Minister of Culture among others. The latest accolade is the Dosky Award in the category of outstanding dance creation for the creators and the production 3×20 Women. In the current season the company boasts a strong ensemble of dancers from three continents.

Divadlo Štúdio tanca artistic ensemble is a collective of professional dancers from three different continents hailing from various dance backrounds. Among the main attributes of the company are its diversity, playfulness, precision and a general attitude of necessary distance from things. Along the shows at their home theatre in Central Slovakia the ensemble tours and is featured on festivals.  The company members also teach dance and movement and their artistic and human involvement has a significant impact not only on the (contemporary) dance scene in Banská Bystrica.

The final discussion of the first Slovak dance platform with Slovak and international guests. We will explore the variability of voices on the Slovak scene, the architecture of relationships and their specifics. We will try to bring the atmosphere from the venue into the online space. A format combining live and zoom formats, questions by the audience are welcome. 

Moderated by: Maja Hriešik, dramaturge, Platform of Contemporary Dance

Guests: Miroslava Kovářová, (artistic director, Bratislava in Movement Festival and member of the Slovak Dance Platform board of dramaturges), Roberto Casarroto (Comune di Bassano del Grappa, Italy), Lucia Kašiarová (dancer, artistic director of Hybajho festival of Slovak dance in Prague)

Sessions of Touch is a specific participatory experiential 1 : 1 format for an encounter between one dancer and one spectator. This format is based on creation principles of a performance entitled Diaries of Touch. It serves for exchange of one’s own physical experience. It is a hand offered to share the unique stories of our bodies, and it deals with touch as the basic way in which we directly relate to the world and our immediate surroundings. Sessions of touch will be led by creators and dancers of the performance: Lukáš Bobalik, Viktor Černický, Barbora Janáková, Tomáš Janypka, Jazmína Piktorová, Eva Priečková, Sonja Pregrad, Silvia Sviteková, Andrej Štepita, Dana Tomečková.

Limited capacity, only registered platform participants can book this event.

Make a reservation at guests@danceplatform.sk / limited capacity.

Concept: Sonja Pregrad a kolektív
Choreography: Sonja Pregrad
Performers: Lukáš Bobalík, Viktor Černický, Barbora Janáková, Tomáš Janypka, Jazmína Piktorová, Eva Priečková, Sonja Pregrad, Silvia Sviteková, Andrej Štepita, Dana Tomečková
Production: mimoOs
Co-production: Spolek ZDRUHESTRANY

Sonja Pregrad

Dance artist, performer and teacher, based in Zagreb (Croatia) and Berlin (Germany).
In her work as a choreographer, dance is always thought of as a relational gesture, her choreography extending from re-inventing body-based practices to re-appropriating performance formats. As a performer she has been working with choreographers Meg Stuart, Isabelle Schad, visual artist Sanja Iveković, and others.
She has received a several awards. She is a founder and producer of Antisezona program at the Contemporary Art Museum, the Improspekcije festival and the Fourhanded artistic organization.

mimoOs

Covers the artistic and educational activities of six graduates of Academy of Performing arts in Bratislava: Eva Priečková, Barbora Janáková, Simona Tonková, Lukáš Bobalik, Andrej Štepita, Silvia Sviteková. The group members collaborate with renowned artists (A. Lachký, J. Korec, M. Poláková, P. Šavel, L. M. M. Balážová, Z. Méndez Marín and others) and they were part of domestic and foreign festivals (Bratislava in Motion, Kiosk, NuDanceFest, Hybaj ho!, reSITE, Front @, Tanzimpulze, Fintdaz etc.). MimoOs organized a series of Body-Voice-Community workshops and in 2018, they founded the Telohra educational program.

Spolek ZDRUHESTRANY

An artist collective that produces pieces and is active in supporting contemporary physical theatre, dance, performance or clown art. It was founded by the graduates of the Physical Theatre Studio led by Pierre Nadaud at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno.  Since 2013 the members have collaborated, as a group, with Daniel Gulka, Jaro Viňarský or Dominique Boivine among others. Their portfolio contains over a dozen of their own projects that have been presented in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Germany and Israel.