Bratislava moves in rhythm

THE BRATISLAVA in Movement festival of contemporary dance was divided into two parts this year. The first part took place in June, while the second part will run from September 23 - 30.“I designed this [second] part to offer confrontation – confrontation in the sense of not just comparing the creative works, but also exchanging experiences,” head of the festival Mirka Kovářová told a press conference. “The festival includes two workshops led by established foreign choreographers, Canadian Mariko Tanabe and Italian Davide Sportelli. Sportelli’s project Skin is a workshop, the result of which will be a choreography performed within the festival, on September 29 and 30.”

Manson, the DOT504 ensemble.Manson, the DOT504 ensemble. (Source: Petr Otta)

THE BRATISLAVA in Movement festival of contemporary dance was divided into two parts this year. The first part took place in June, while the second part will run from September 23 - 30.
“I designed this [second] part to offer confrontation – confrontation in the sense of not just comparing the creative works, but also exchanging experiences,” head of the festival Mirka Kovářová told a press conference. “The festival includes two workshops led by established foreign choreographers, Canadian Mariko Tanabe and Italian Davide Sportelli. Sportelli’s project Skin is a workshop, the result of which will be a choreography performed within the festival, on September 29 and 30.”

Kovářová added that although the September edition of the dance festival was meant primarily for the wider dance community, the performances may also be of interest to the public. Czech ensemble DOT504 presents two shows, Mah Hunt on September 23 – outlining the eternal symbolic hunt in which the roles of hunter and prey regularly alternate – and Manson on September 24. In the latter production, the two members of DOT504 joined forces with international ensemble Teatr Novogo Fronta to explore the story of infamous serial killer Charles Manson.

Two Slovak ensembles will participate in the festival’s September sequel, elledanse with their Jablko / Apple show on September 25 and Debris Company with Hexen on September 27. Apple will be followed by a “dance impro-jam” and Hexen by a dance movie called Kto z koho / Who over Whom by Zuzana Burianová.

On September 20 and 30, the production titled Inbetween introduces local audiences to the Vienna Dance Conservatory.

“The performance consists of five shorter pieces,” Kovářová explained. “In Vienna, they put much more stress on cooperation between dancers and live musicians – and this might also be interesting and inspiring for audiences.”

Both evenings will consist of two shorter shows, Inbetween and Skin, thus representing a comparison of dance students from Bratislava (led by Sportelli) and from Vienna.

“In June, we offered performances by already renowned choreographers. Now, we bring works of young, promising choreographers who have already garnered international attention – or of famous choreographers training with students,” Kovářová said.

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