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.
Foto: Jan Chmelik