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.