SLOVAK DANCE PLATFORM

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Slovak Dance Platform

Four organizations active in the field of production, presentation, promotion, reflection and documentation of contemporary dance in Slovakia:  Bratislava in Movement Association, PLAST – Platform for Contemporary Dance, Theatre Institute Bratislava and Nu Dance Fest joined forces and together they organize the first ever edition of SLOVAK DANCE PLATFORM  in Bratislava.

Being one of the last countries in the region lacking a regular platform for the presentation of the crème de la crème of Slovak contemporary dance scene, we are very excited for this opportunity to introduce Slovak choreographers to the wider international professional community.

The original plan was to hold the platform in November 2020, due to the pandemic, we decided to postpone it to the end of May 2021, hoping for a much better situation that would allow for travelling, live performances and networking in person. However, observing the situation not only in Slovakia but all over Europe, we have decided to organize this first edition as an online event. We invite you to join us online and get a taste of the Slovak contemporary dance scene, before we could all reunite and meet in person.

The platform will showcase over 3 days in May the best and most innovative contemporary dance performances created by Slovak artists in the past two seasons. We received 53 applications from Slovak choreographers and companies. 11 performances were selected by dramaturgical board composed of curators, choreographers and dance critics. The program will feature the diversity and versatility of artistic approaches on Slovak dance scene, both conceptual and generational. Beside the streamed performances, you will have a chance to get to know the artists in conversations about their work, as well as in a live discussion.

The ambition of the organizers is to build Slovak Dance Platform as a regular biennial event.

We invite you to discover the Slovak dance. Up close.

 

Under the auspices of the Mayor of Bratislava, Mr. Matúš Vallo.

All videos will be made available to registered participants and ticket holders for a period of 7 days. 

 

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On Slovak contemporary dance

On Slovak contemporary dance

A very lively and multi-faceted but still fragile segment of the Slovak cultural landscape. Similarly to other post-Communist countries, contemporary dance emerged after 1989. Shortly after the political change, a large number of new companies arise with the aim to address the poetics of the body, to produce dance pieces and, first and foremost, to teach dance in a different, more open way. Many representatives of this generation of pioneers are still active in a creative dialogue with the younger generations.

The character of the local dance production was largely influenced and accelerated by the cultural openness typical for the first half of the 1990s in the entire Eastern Block, when international artists arrived in Slovakia as well. Another important aspect of development was the proximity to a dynamic Vienna with its growing possibilities of informal education and cultural exchange (Impulstanz, danceWEB). On the local level, a well established amateur modern dance scene and a rich and diverse and to this day carefully nurtured folk dance culture played an important role. Undoubtedly the strongest bond, which still persists, is that between the Slovak and the Czech cultural scene, arising from the common history and coexistence in a common state of Czechoslovakia (1918 – 1993).

Slovak contemporary dance is familiar to the international scene especially thanks to individuals who have left the country and established themselves abroad. They first left as excellent dancers seeking more professional conditions, and later evolved into artistic personalities and teachers who have become valued members of international dance companies. For years, there has been a very dynamic and visible community of Slovak dance professionals based in the Czech Republic.

Productions that emerge in the local conditions are, for several reasons, less known. This is due to the conditions for producing contemporary dance in Slovakia and persisting oversight on the part of the official cultural policy. In the past decade a change has been made in this area and the local dance scene has been growing steadily.
The showcase format of the dance platform aims at fostering activities of the local scene and at initiating a regular presentation and establishment of new partnerships especially in the Central European region as well as positioning the Slovak contemporary dance in a wider context.

With a single exception (Dance Studio Theatre in Banská Bystrica), contemporary dance productions are created as single projects and without state support. Dance professionals lack resident venues and present their pieces as guest appearances in cultural centres that present various forms of contemporary art and they often coexist in platforms that give them the formal framework for their activities. The creative process is characterized by fluctuation, ambition, enthusiasm and disappointment which results in a great variety of outputs and a strong feeling of community and the importance of co-productions. With the exception of a few dominant and extremely talented personalities who create in isolation and are very purposefully following their objectives, the Slovak dance landscape is a fascinating network of relationships and influences which is balancing on the verge of existence in these hard times and at the same time is very strong and inspiring.

Maja Hriešik

Program 26. - 28. MAY 2021

WEDNESDAY 26.5.2021 ONLINE

11:00  Soňa Kúdeľová: Autocorrect

13:00  Martin Hodoň a kol.: ↑&X / A P E N D I X

15:00  Milan Tomášik: Repast

17:00  Slovak Dance Platform: LIVE DISCUSSION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY 27.05.2021 ONLINE

11:00  Roberta Legros Štěpánková: Point of Assemblage

11:00  mimoOs & ZDRUHESTRANY: Diaries of Touch

13:00  Eva Priečková a Zuzana Žabková: Bodies in Trouble

15:00  Divadlo Štúdio tanca (Martina Hajdyla Lacová, Lívia Méndez Marín Balážová, Zuna Vesan Kozánková): 3×20 Women

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY 28.05.2021 ONLINE

​11:00  Barbora Janáková: NO ON

13:00  Marta Poláková: Endless Shift

13:00  Yuri Korec & co: Sapiens Territory

15:00  Divadlo Štúdio tanca (Stanislava Vlčeková, Jozef Vlk): The Man without Qualities

17:00  Slovak Dance Platform: LIVE DISCUSSION

19:00  mimoOs & ZDRUHESTRANY: Diaries of Touch (Zoom online)

 

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ARTISTS AND THEIR PIECES YOU CAN FIND ON THE WEBSITE OF THE SLOVAK DANCE PLATFORM www.danceplatform.sk

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