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 Institute New York and the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU, includes one choreographer/company from each of the countries.
The selected artists/companies and their works are:
Wednesday, April 25 at 7pm
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.
Wednesday, April 25 at 8:30pm
Timothy and the Things (Hungary); László Fülõp and Emese Cuhorka Choreographers
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.
Thursday, April 26 at 7pm
Debris Company (Slovakia); Stanislava Vlčeková, Choreographer
Wow! is a fantastical duet exploring the history of humankind and its impact on the environment.
Thursday, April 26 at 8:30pm
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.
Support is provided by the Visegrad Fund, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, Polish Cultural Institute New York, Fond na podporu umenia (Fund for the Arts), Central European Institute | Quinnipiac University, and the Starseed Foundation.