• Endless Composition – Jozef Fruček (RootlessRoot)

    Josef Fruček’s uninterrupted four-hour performance is based on a process of continuous construction and deconstruction, generating an endless array of structures by shifting and moving thirty wooden beams. This is an original work by the internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer Jozef Fruček, who performs as part of RootlessRoot, a company he co-founded with his partner Linda Kapetanea, which features intensely physical pieces exploring the limits of the human body as the dancers struggle to overcome their own physical and dancing limitations.

    Choreography: Jozef Fruček
    Design, video: Mike Rafail
    Music: Vassilis Mantzoukis

    Jozef Fruček is a founding member of the RootlessRoot Company. He studied at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, receiving his PhD in 2002. From 2002 to 2005 he was a member of Wim Vandekeybus’s Ultima Vez company, producing the works Blush (both a stage and film version) and Sonic Boom. In 2005 – 2006 he cooperated with the Royal Flemish Theatre in Brussels, creating his own shows. In 2006 Fruček and Linda Kapetanea established RootlessRoot as an instrument for their own productions, research and teaching. Fruček and Kapetanea have conducted a research programme, Fighting Monkey, which exploits martial arts techniques in training dancers, actors and professional development.

    In addition to numerous other awards, Fruček’s choreography Collective Loss of Memory won the main prize at the 2015 Czech Dance Platform.


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  • Bakkheia – BOD.Y

    The three dancers appearing in Bakkheia tread the thin line between directed and spontaneous movement, lending their bodies to endless transformations in an ongoing circle of approaching and touching and trying to communicate, only to retreat again into solitude.

    How do we communicate nowadays? Are we really talking about the same things? Do we listen in order to understand or just to reply? We constantly repeat our own statements, each on our own, each of us relying on our own “smart technology”, close to one another and yet so alone… Is this absolute solitude, or does the human animal penetrate even the thickest shield of social norms?

    Created by: Peter Šavel with &
    Performed by: Gyula Cserepes, Soňa Ferienčíková, Tereza Ondrová
    Light design: Ints Plavnieks
    Music: J.S. Bach, The Knife, Henry Purcell
    Video: Richard Chomo, Peter Kotrha, Algis Kaveckis
    Premiered on 24 July 2014

    Peter Šavel is a choreographer, dancer and dance teacher. He studied dance pedagogy at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Bratislava. He works with the Belgium-based choreographer Pierre Droulers at Charleroi Danses (De l’air et du vent, Soleils) and is also involved in projects run by choreographer Salva Sanchis, also based in Belgium  (The Phantom Layer, The Organ Project, Islands, Radical Light). Peter Šavel has been creating his own works in Belgium and abroad, and teaching his class Letting go around Europe to both professionals and amateurs.

    From early on Peter Šavel has been fascinated by the relationship between the social and the artistic, exploring movement not only as a pure means of artistic expression but also in the way it connects with social structures and anthropological origins. His work combines humour and seriousness, mathematical composition and expressive impact, musicality and dance.

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    Foto: Peter Snadík


  • Opening Night – Les SlovaKs

    Ten years ago five Slovak dancers based in Belgium launched their now acclaimed company, Les SlovaKs. As children, the company members had shared the folk dancing stage in Slovakia and later, while still young, they reconnected in Belgium in dance schools and as performers of works by well-known choreographers. Their debut piece, Opening Night, has lost none of its relevance since it was first shown in Brussels in 2007. It tells the story of the company’s shared history and friendship through a dynamic and playful interplay between the artists and their audience.
    This touching, funny and electrifying work features playful interactions between the dancers and a violinist, weaving between folk dancing and contemporary dance with youthful zeal and a sincere conviction that they are doing the right thing.

    Choreography and dance: Les SlovaKs (Milan Herich, Anton Lachký, Milan Tomášik, Peter Jaško, Martin Kilvády)
    Score and live music: Simon Thierrée
    Set design: Les SlovaKs
    Lighting design: Hans Valcke
    Costume design: Mat Voorter, Pepa Martinez
    Technical director: Joris De Bolle
    Production: Phileas Productions – Ulti’mates/Ultima vez
    Co-production: Teatre Mercat de les Flors, Fondazione Musica per Roma
Partners: DCJ – Dans Centrum Jette, BUDA Kunstencentrum
    Premiered in November 2007

    Les SlovaKs is a professional dance company based in Brussels comprising five independent, energetic dancers from Slovakia: Milan Herich, Peter Jaško, Anton Lachký, Milan Tomášik and Martin Kilvády.  Having known each other for many years and dancing and living together at various periods from their childhood to the present, Les SlovaKs formally came together as a company in 2006, starting from the point at which they wanted to end: vivacious and unfettered dance.


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  • Animalinside – Jaro Viňarský

    This piece for two dancers is a visceral depiction of the animal inside the human being, an attempt to capture the inner world of emotions and instincts as the dancers challenge us to overcome our own limitations in a never-ending struggle between the body and language. The choreography was inspired by a collaborative work by Hungarian novelist László Krasznahorkai and German painter Max Neumann, in which the writer responds through 14 texts to 14 depictions of a strange and ill-formed creature created by the artist. The dance piece investigates extreme states of a man’s relationship with his own body, with another man, and with the audience. As choreographer Viňarský puts it,

    We were exploring man’s extreme relationship to his own body, the environment, his fellow man, and the audience. Like a simple prose piece in four parts, each section has its own distinct physical energetic qualities. What can happen if the language of my body is pushed further than its own rules and possibilities suggest?


    Conceived, choreographed and directed by Jaro Viňarský (also as performer)
    In collaboration with performer Marek Menšík
    Light design: Tomáš Morávek
    Original score: Ján Burian,
    Costume design: Martin Kratochvíl
    Recorded text and voice: Henrietta Rab & Matthew Rogers
    Production: SKOK! o.z. / non-profit organization
    Premiered on 13 and 14 December 2012

    Jaro Viňarský is a dancer and choreographer. He studied ballet choreography at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and choreography at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.  Since 1998 he has collaborated with various artists in Slovakia and abroad as a dancer, performer and choreographer  (for example, making a dance film) as well as with the Grotowski Institute in Poland. He also gives dance workshops, mainly to non-professional dancers. Jaro is the recipient of several awards including the 2nd Jarmila Jeřábková Award in Prague (2001, 2003) for Sorton and Tea Never Brewed, respectively. In 2004 he received the Audience Award at the Czech Dance Platform and the Sazka Award for Dance Discovery in 2006 for his work The Last Step Before. In 2013 he was awarded the Bessie, a New York Dance and Performance Award in the Outstanding Performance category for Bastard, a production by Pavel Zuštiak’s Palissimo company, at La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival.

    In 2011 Jaro founded the non-profit SKOK!, which champions the development of contemporary dance and physical theatre in Slovakia.


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    Foto: Jan Chmelik



  • Roots – Štúdio tanca theatre

    Roots is a performance jointly created by two theatre companies, Štúdio tanca theatre in Banská Bystrica and the extraordinary Debris Company, an independent theatre based in the Slovak capital, Bratislava.  It tells the story of a man’s journey through life, which defies all expectations, challenging us to step over our own shadow and accept the challenge to change in what is a contemporary take on life’s journey. The piece draws on the ancient myth of Ulysses and the trials and tribulations mankind has endured since time immemorial.

    We keep returning home, only to leave again. Returning makes us happy even as it induces sadness and nostalgia. We need to pass through a major process of initiation in order to master the art of metamorphosis, akin to the emergence of a butterfly. And it is entirely up to each and every one of us whether, after getting rid of our cocoon, we turn into the bright gem of a butterfly or a grey moth. Jozef Vlk (director).


    Choreography: Stanislava Vlčeková
    Direction, music: Jozef Vlk
    Costume design: Katarína Holková
    Set design: Ján Ptačin
    Light design: Ján Čief
    Performed by: Tibor Trulik, Lenka Rajchmanová, Jakub Jeňo, Maria Hernando Blasco, Julia Kannewischer
    Premiered on 27 February 2015

    While still a student, Stanislava Vlčeková started to collaborate with choreographer Zuzana Zuricová Hájková, a performer and teacher of dance (classical and contemporary dance techniques) at the professional Dance Studio theatre in Banská Bystrica.  Vlčeková has also worked with the SkRAT theatre as well as other outstanding artists of film and theatre. As a seminal member of the Debris Company, a leading Slovak physical theatre, she has choreographed and performed in a number of works including Soliloquy (2005), Dolcissime Siréne (2007), Ortopoetikum (2007), Hexen (2010), Between a Rock and a Hard Place (2010), MONO (2011), Kolísky (Cradles, 2012), EPIC (2012) and Clear (2015). She has also been involved with a number of theatre productions throughout the Czech and Slovak Republics.

    She is the recipient of several awards: the 12th Saitama International Dance Contest in Tokyo (2004, jury prize), the TAOS prize – dance personality of the year (2009), and in 2012 she placed third in the Belgrade Choreography Miniatures Competition with her piece Rose created for Balet Bratislava.

    Štúdio tanca theatre is a well-established professional dance theatre. It regularly introduces Slovak audience to original works whose aim is to connect people with contemporary dance and its philosophy. So far Štúdio tanca theatre has produced more than 40 works involving many outstanding performers, both Slovak and foreign. Three of its projects were aimed at children’s audiences. The company has additionally produced many smaller open-air projects.

    Štúdio tanca theatre has performed at numerous Slovak venues and has represented Slovakia at multiple prestigious international festivals, for example in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Germany, Italy, Egypt, Japan, Belgium, India and France. The company’s work has inspired two films: Tak dávno som Ti nenapísala (It’s Been So Long Since I’ve Written To You, directed by Andrea Horečná), based on a stage project of the same title, and Štúdio tanca (directed by Peter Begányi and Michal Večeřa). The company has featured in many documentaries. Štúdio tanca theatre tries not to succumb to mainstream cultural trends, regarding them as detrimental to their ethical and emotional values. The company’s projects demand as much active reflection from the audience as from their creators.


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  • Stroon

    Multi-instrumentalist and music producer Dalibor Kocián, aka Stroon, will appear in a solo concert of vibraphone and electronic music, and also perform as DJ Stroon. A vast array of ideas flashing through his mind resonate in his music, expressed through a variety of riveting and constantly surprising techniques drawn from a wide range of musical genres.

    Stroon is a Slovak producer, composer and vibraphonist, widely regarded as one of the most prolific and versatile young musicians around. His solo activities include concerts (e.g. opening of the Košice European City of Culture), installations (e.g. Nuit Blanche), theatre music (e.g. for the Slovak National Theatre), visual narrative music (Music vs Stock Market), music for dance performances and short films. Over the years he has also cooperated and performed with a number of bands such as Longital (alternative pop), Musica Falsa et Ficta (an improvisation orchestra), Škvíry&Spoje (an improvisation quartet), Cluster Ensemble and Veni Ensemble (contemporary music), and he currently performs with his home band PPE, multiple-award winning alternative pop ensemble. He describes his works as ultra-genre – from experimental to electronica and classical, right up to pop.


  • SuperNaturals – ME-SA

    In SuperNaturals, her third take on the theme of superheroes, choreographer Martina Hajdyla Lacová and her dance partner Stano Dobák explore what happens when an ordinary pair of mortals decide to become superheroes. Will they still get on superbly? The work demonstrates the uniqueness of human nature amid the maelstrom of change, rescue, hypocrisy and attempts to pretend to be something one is not. Moments of fictitious supernatural strength are captured through physical movement, as ordinary mortals have to draw their secret weapons in order to perform heroic deeds.

    Concept, choreography: Martina Hajdyla Lacová and Stano Dobák
    Performed by: Martina Hajdyla Lacová, Stano Dobák
    Movement and co-direction: Peter Šavel
    Light design: Stano Dobák, Štěpán Hejzlar
    Produced by: ME-SA/ Karolína Hejnová
    Coproduction: ALT@RT
    Premiered on 6 October 2014

    Martina Hajdyla Lacová is a graduate of the Ján Levoslav Bella Conservatory in Banská Bystrica and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, she studied dance pedagogy at Dance Department. In 2008 she participated in a six-month study programme at the Hogeschool Antwerpen / Hoger Instituut voor Dans in Antwerp, where she worked with distinguished Belgian choreographer Ann van den Broek.

    Since 2006 Hajdyla Lacová has been working with Marta Poláková (Slovakia), Mirka Eliášová (Czech Republic), Maya M. Carroll (Israel), Ji-Eun Lee (Korea), Šárka Ondrišová (Slovakia), Helene Weinzierl (Austria), Irina Andreyeva (Russia) and Rasmus Ölme (Sweden). She is the founding member of the ME-SA dance company (2008), and performed with them at the  Edinburgh Fringe Festival, among others.

    Since 2009 Hajdyla Lacová has worked closely with the Debris Company, a Slovak theatre, and the Norwegian choreographer Karen Foss, and in 2011 she started collaborating with the Swiss company DA MOTUS! as well as the Czech dance company VerTeDance. She has also acted as guest teacher at dance schools and studios all over the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

    Stanislav (Stano) Dobák studied dance at the Ján Levoslav Bella Conservatory in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia and is a graduate of P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios) in Brussels, Belgium. While still a P.A.R.T.S. student he performed Hands, a short piece by Ultima vez (Wim Vandekeybus), and contributed to the creation of SHOCK, a David Zambrano production, and of KDO!, a circus event by Franco Dragone. He is currently involved in a long-term collaborative project with Salva Sanchis (Spain). He appears in Soleils, a work produced by Pierre Droulers (FR) and The Sun Came, by Daniel Linehan (USA). In addition to teaching dance workshops, Stanislav is busy with his own projects, sometimes in collaboration with Peter Šavel, as well as creating his own dance pieces for companies such as Passerelle in Kortrijk, ME-SA in Prague, and others. In 2015 Dobák joined the Brussels-based dance company Rosas for a remake of Drumming. In 2014 he co-founded Memoryhouse Productions with Jamie Lee, launching it with Dreams, a film and photography installation premiered in 2015.

    ME-SA was established in 2008. The company works as an open platform that combines authorial projects with various guest choreographers hailing from the Czech and Slovak dance scene as well as abroad. In 2013, ME-SA featured for the first time on the Aerowaves TOP 20 Priority Companies List with their project Much More Than Nothing, created by the Peter Šavel/Stano Dobák duo. The company has also received three nominations for the “Dance Piece of the Year” Award.


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