What's “nu” in Slovak modern dance

CONTEMPORARY dance may be not in the focus of interest of audiences, especially in Slovakia, but it seems that the interest has been growing, which can be also seen in the rise of the number of festivals.

CONTEMPORARY dance may be not in the focus of interest of audiences, especially in Slovakia, but it seems that the interest has been growing, which can be also seen in the rise of the number of festivals.

One that has been already established is the festival oriented on what is going on on Slovak scene, the Nu Dance. This year, it not only shows ten performances of this genre, but also hands over the Nu Video Dance award for the best Slovak or Czech dance video for 2013-2014.

Within the accompanying events, the “Off Programme” will bring four site-specific performances in four foreign cultural institutes to the capital's downtown – the Bulgarian, the Polish, the French and the Balassi (Hungarian) Institutes – reflecting either the genius loci of the environment or the culture of the host country. Other accompanying events include a lecture on Swiss contemporary dance videos by choreographer teacher Claudia Rosiny, screenings of dance movies, and more.

The main programme starts on November 4, lasting until November 9. It will take place in the A4 – Space for Contemporary Culture venue in Karpatská 2 in downtown Bratislava. Apart from Slovak dancers and performances, there will also be Czech, Italian, Austrian, Hungarian, French, German and even a Turkish one dancers participating. Besides sheer dance, they will explore the connection between sound and movement, video/film and dance, intimacy and movement, informational and emotional input, male and female archetypes and collective unconsciousness.

Tickets for the performances cost €5-€7 and the full programme can be found at citylife.sk and (also in English) at nudancefest.sk.

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