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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