Theatres of an overcrowded world
… the hard core of the festival was created by a series of performances from the field of post-dramatic – mostly dance – theatre. Internationally acknowledged authors and companies have appeared; their names are not familiar to people in the Czech Republic or only some of them know Teatr Cinema from Poland…
… to long for growing mass instincts or escape from them to the other side, to be a part of a parade or fall for motion anarchy – these are body reactions to a situation of an overcrowded world. The 4+4 Days in Motion festival puts its ear on its sweating chest and performed a diagnosis. It has become the Czech theatre-festival tiger…
Nina Vangeli, World and Theatre, December 2009
Twice about Four Days in Motion
… site-specific projects took place in a rapid succession during eight days; they mapped space inside a building as well as the surroundings. So called “city-walks” with various personalities were sold out and it seemed that the major part of festival fans is deeply interested in architecture. The ending was a discussion about works and heritage of Karel Prager followed by sophisticated acting-artistic project The Invisible – Acting in Sequences by Ján Mančuška that was presented on the inner stairs of the Federal Assembly building. The intention of festival organizers to map a potential of a building with ever-changing function-purpose and change the stereotypes did not sound very modest. After the end of the event, we can say that although site-specific theatre projects have been in our artistic environment only for ten years, the audience is getting more interested in events of this kind.
Eva Červinková, era 21, October 2009
Vladimir 518, David Vrbík, Ondřej Anděra – SPAM Karel Gott Prager
The monumental Chamber of Nations of the former Federal Assembly is an architectural question mark itself absorbed by Vladimír 518 with his audiovisual laser documentary about controversial architect Karel Prager. Digital images of sketches and designs and sometimes crazy architectural visions of Karel Prager (a pyramid on the Old Town Square) papered, widened, blew and deepened the whole interior of the space. Three petty human factors – Vladimír 518, Ondřej Anděra and David Vrbík – directed everything like three magicians and rumbling of Ondřej Anděra’s music samples soon entered our bodies and made us a part of the game. It was an absolutely non-traditional show. Nevertheless, an architecture lover would be infected even more by this SPAM than a dance critic.
Markéta Faustová, Dance Zone, 22nd October 2009
Yasmeen Godder dances on the wave of coolness
Israeli dancer and choreographer Yasmeen Godder created a bold study of human behaviour and mutual social connections in her staging called Singular Sensation. Subsequent confrontations of five dancers who model pointed or controversial situations in a curved space “at an apron”. Prejudices, atavisms and other hidden mechanisms of our behaviour emerge on the surface. A dance language is eclectic, universal. Some pictures evoke atmosphere of a language, coolness of a drama. Singular Sensation like cool drama dialogues harbours a message that a human being usually hides a fragile and vulnerable core under rough skin.
Julie Kočí, Dance Zone, 22nd October 2009