Eight days in movement

THE APPARENTLY headless dancer featured on posters across the capital inviting passers-by to the 7th annual Bratislava in Movement festival is a prime example of the astounding imagination of those who communicate with their bodies. The person captured in this upside-down position is the German dancer Xavier Le Roy, who will bring his solo performance, Self-Unfinished, to Bratislava on May 30.
"I am happy that we can invite Le Roy to the festival," says Miroslava Kovářová, the festival's director.
"He has been performing this dance piece since 1998 and it has attracted a lot of interest. The fact that it was part of the largest central-European dance festival, ImPulstanz, in Vienna, speaks to its quality. The time to bring it here has come."


LE ROY's contortions can be seen on May 30 in Aréna.
photo: Courtesy of ABP

THE APPARENTLY headless dancer featured on posters across the capital inviting passers-by to the 7th annual Bratislava in Movement festival is a prime example of the astounding imagination of those who communicate with their bodies. The person captured in this upside-down position is the German dancer Xavier Le Roy, who will bring his solo performance, Self-Unfinished, to Bratislava on May 30.

"I am happy that we can invite Le Roy to the festival," says Miroslava Kovářová, the festival's director.

"He has been performing this dance piece since 1998 and it has attracted a lot of interest. The fact that it was part of the largest central-European dance festival, ImPulstanz, in Vienna, speaks to its quality. The time to bring it here has come."

Le Roy's gravity-defying twists to Diana Ross's music is the core of just one of the 15 shows that are to be presented at this year's Bratislava in Movement festival of contemporary dance.

Over eight days, from May 23 to 31, dancers and dance companies from seven European countries will be performing recent and acclaimed works in the Aréna and Stoka theatres. Additionally, British movement analyst and movement therapist Janet Kaylo will hold a three-day workshop starting May 24 for dancers and therapists interested in non-verbal communication.

The Charles Linehan Company from Great Britain will head to the festival straight from the Paris choreography competition Bagnolet to present two performances - Grand Junction and Speak, Memory - on May 26. A show called Transpace: African-style West Side Story, a work by the French choreographer Robert Seyfried featuring six dancers and live music, will be performed on May 28.

Laroque Dance Company from Austria, founded and led by long-time dancer and choreographer Helene Weinzierl, will stage two shows on May 29. The same day is also reserved for Weinzierl's fellow countrywoman Silvia Both, who will improvise to piano music by Martin Kratochwil. The Italian female duo AGAR will close the festival on May 31 with their performance entitled Human Figure, inspired by painter Francis Bacon.

Slovakia is represented by four dance companies, and their performances - most of which are premieres - are scheduled for the beginning of the festival.

The DAJV group led by the renowned choreographer Marta Poláková will open the festival on May 23 with a premiere of their piece Not Just Body, an exploration into body emotions. The MY 3 group, formed by three independent dancers, will stage a show that was recently awarded a special jury prize at the 12th Saitama International Dance Contest in Tokyo.

"The foreign participation is quite rich this year," says Kovářová, "but the festival's programme also indicates the establishment of Slovak dancers on the international scene. There are five projects in the festival in which Slovak dancers will perform, together with foreign partners."

On May 24, there is a Slovak-French project by Tomáš Danielis and Frey Faust performed to Bach's music, and a Slovak-Romanian show called Water in the Mind, choreographed by Anton Lachký. The results of Slovak-French and a Slovak-British cooperations will be shown on May 29. And Slovak Robert Tirpák and Czech Helena Arenbergerová will present their project Inside of on May 31.

For more information on the festival visit www.abp.sk

- Zuzana Habšudová

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