The Visegrad Countries – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia – represent a cultural and political alliance of four Central European countries formed in 1993 to foster their integration into the European Union. This festival, curated by Laurie Uprichard in association with the Polish Cultural Center and the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU, will invite one choreographer/company from each of the countries.
The selected artists/companies and their works are:
Debris Company (Slovakia); Stanislava Vlčeková, Choreographer
Wow! is a fantastical duet exploring the history of humankind and its impact on the environment.
Věra Ondrašíková (Czech Republic)
Guide is a hypnotic audiovisual experience in which past and present become one. The two performers, in individual solos, sculpt the stage space with lasers to magical effect.
Paweł Sakowicz (Poland)
TOTAL is a solo created and performed by Sakowicz that speculates on dance virtuosity with a tongue in cheek approach. Sakowicz trained at London Contemporary Dance School and knows his subject matter all too well.
Timothy and the Things (Hungary); László Fülõp, Choreographer
This duet plays with the idea of boredom and elapsed time spent on odd and humdrum activities. The two extraordinary performers play with and off each other in scenes that conjure up childhood foolishness enacted with adult emotions.