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Slovak Dance

ROOTS_Divadlo Štúdio tanca_foto Jakub Čajko_12The first tendencies in contemporary dance started to appear in Slovakia after 1990. Among the first generation of Slovak choreographers and dancers of 90s belongs Marta Polákova, Monika Certezni, Anna Sedláčková, or Lucia Holinová.
Marta Polákova established A dato as the first professional dance group aspiring towards new tendencies in contemporary dance. In 2008, together with other artists, she founded Laban Atelier Bratislava, a project which ambition is to bring the theory and philosophy of Rudolf Laban into practice.
Choreographer and dance educator Šárka Ondrišová founded elledanse, a dance school and theatre in 2007. Since its establishment, she has sought to profile elledanse as an alternative theatre, orientated towards contemporary trends.
Zuzana Hájková established the Štúdio tanca Dance Theatre in Banská Bystrica, in the middle of Slovakia. It has presented various authorial projects, the role of which is to bring contemporary dance and the philosophy of modern dance theatre.
Choreographer Mira Kovařová established the international festival of contemporary dance Bratislava in Movement.
The young generation of Slovak contemporary dancers and choreographers create the performances of contemporary scenic dance and physical theatre, open space for independent artists, choreographers and interpreters and also for quest soloists or ensembles. Performances of contemporary scenic dance and physical theatre continue in the activities of the Contemporary Dance Association – AST, established by dancer and choreographer Petra Fornayová, or in Bratislava in Movement.
Debris Company, specialized in physical theatre, works in Bratislava under the leadership of director director Jozef Vlk and the choreographer Stanislava Vlčeková. Some choreographers of contemporary dance cooperate with classical theatre institutions (e.g. The Slovak National Theatre).
Many Slovak choreographers work abroad or cooperate in international project: in Greece Jozef Fruček with RootlessRoot Company, in Belgium Les Slovaks, Stanislav Dobák and Peter Šavel, in Austria Tomáš Danielis, in the Czech Republic Lucia Kašiarová, Jaro Viňarský, Soňa Ferienčíkova, Martina Hajdyla-Lacová, Milan Kozánek or Zuna Kozankova.
The Slovak dancer and choreographer Jaro Viňarský has been awarded the prestigious Bessie award in 2013 for his performance called The Painted Bird.
Choreographer Petra Fornayová, or the company Neskorý zber present innovative projects which connect different kinds of art: dance, literature, music, video, culture research or science.


Krakow: Terminus

The final destination of this travel conference – or shall we rather call it study tour, as suggested by Clement? – was the old Polish capital, Krakow. A place swarming with tourists, trams (some with messages from the Pope), cultural institutions and quickly gentrifying neighbourhoods. We kicked it off with a visit to Laznia Nova […] »

Katowice: an easy day at the Silesian Museum

On 12 June (Day 8) we left Czechia and moved to Poland, but we stayed in the same region: Silesia. The Silesian Museum, since its opening last year, is one of the most important cultural spaces in the Polish side of Silesia district, and (yet another) very interesting example of art places created in the former […] »

Frequently Travelled Trains and Hazy Memories of Ostrava

By the time we reached Ostrava, most of the conference staff was reasonably tired as these shots below will testify. In the city of Ostrava we visited quite a few theatres (Puppet Theatre, Petr Bezruč Theatre, Old Aréna Theatre and Cooltour) and had lunch in a modern shared office space, Impact Hub.  After some thought-provoking […] »

Baroque walks in Olomouc

After leaving Slovakia we arrived to the Czech Republic to the beautiful small town of Olomouc. After the visit to the town hall and the city theatre we were presented two independent theatre venues and finished the day with a short performance. »

The second day in Slovakia: Zilina

  The conference quickly moved on from Topolcany to another great city in Slovakia: Zilina. For Attila, who was biking again this did take some climbing too. Stanica Zilina-Zariecie was the theatre venue which hosted us for exciting presentations with a strong theoretical focus, a provocative dance performance and a discussion with artist Jaro Viňarský. »