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.
Foto: Peter Snadík