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Review: Dance - 3 ex performs 4 gems

On March 28, the Bratislava Dance Theater presented 3 ex, an original and colourful performance many viewers have deemed worth seeing more than once. After spending January performing in New York - and receiving an excellent review in The New York Times - the group returned to Bratislava and again presented their dance-triptych.
In the first piece, 'Lady Lost Found', American choreographer Daniel Ezralow creates a dreamy impression of Scottish folklore interpreted with great flair by Marianna Pauliková and Katarina Vlniešková. Dressed in Victorian cream white dresses, the Scottish lasses dance lightly across stage with Jan Mrňák, who delivers a comic performance dressed in a kilt.


Marianna Paulíková and Katarína Vlniešková as Scottish lasses in 'Lady Lost Found'.

3 ex performances in April:

April 3, Levice, Dom Kultury Družba. Starts at: 19:00. Info: 0813 631 2467.
April 7, Nové Zámky, Dom Kultury. Starts at 19:00. Info: 0817 410 775.
April 17, Zvolen, Divadlo Jozefa Gregora Tajovského. Starts at 19:00. Info: 0855 533 5832.

On March 28, the Bratislava Dance Theater presented 3 ex, an original and colourful performance many viewers have deemed worth seeing more than once. After spending January performing in New York - and receiving an excellent review in The New York Times - the group returned to Bratislava and again presented their dance-triptych.

In the first piece, 'Lady Lost Found', American choreographer Daniel Ezralow creates a dreamy impression of Scottish folklore interpreted with great flair by Marianna Pauliková and Katarina Vlniešková. Dressed in Victorian cream white dresses, the Scottish lasses dance lightly across stage with Jan Mrňák, who delivers a comic performance dressed in a kilt.

'Bound To', the second dance, was choreographed by the American Bill Young and features a swarming group of dancers moving to music by Cole Porter. Zuzana Herényiová captures viewer's attention with her soft gyrations. By using red rubber bands, dancers appear to control their partners like puppets. At one moment, when they appear scattered, the dancers move across the stage in temporary unison reflecting Young's style, which like life itself is full of surprises and which succeeds in playfully showing the entanglements and complications of human relationships.

A fourth dance has been added to the program called 'Two a T', also by Bill Young. The piece is a sensuous dance elegantly performed by Katarína Vlniešková and Petr Kolář. Under a spinning fan hanging from the ceiling, the couple beautifully portray the duality of love to the tones of Ray Charles and Betty Carter.

Rounding out the performance is 'Familia Kalashnikov', a wondeful piece which brings to life the members of a crazy Balkan Gypsy family. As if drawn directly from an old black and white photograph, Ezralow's characters come alive as they perform to beautiful music from the film The Time of the Gypsies by Emir Kusturica.

Herényiová plays the role perfectly with her smooth gliding, and Ján Ševčík's soaring jumps and vigorous energy compliment Mrňak's humourous movements and comical facial expressions.

Judging by the ovation awarded at the end of the show, fans of the Bratislava Dance Theatre will again be cheering in May when the group premieres their new performance Acts XY.

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