Press release 16 September 2019
The international festival of contemporary art 4+4 Days in Motion traditionally has the outstanding international theatre programme. The theatre part of the festival will open on Saturday October 5 at 8 p.m. at the Archa Theatre in Prague with The Clearing by the American performer and curator Jeremy Wade.
Viewers may look forward to the Finnish-Egyptian artist Samira Elagoz or the Iranian non-binary artist Sorour Darabi. Apart from the Archa Theatre, other venues include Ponec and the Centre for Contemporary Art DOX. The festival will take place on 4-12 October 2019 in the Desfours Palace in Prague will also offer five Czech theatre premieres, visual interventions, lectures, the programme for children, and much more. The presale is available at GoOut.
This year’s international theatre programme of the festival 4+4 Days in Motion monitors the production of non-European performers. The festival will start with Jeremy Wade’s provocative show The Clearing on 5 October at 8 p.m. at the Archa Theatre. The American performer, curator and teacher based in Berlin is the winner of the prestigious New York Bessie Award and he expresses deep concern about the future. He employs his typical expression – the combination of dance, physical action, singing, text appeal, music, and his own stage design. His new production is a hallucinogenic dismantling of reality, calling for solidarity. Although Wage uses The Clearing to solve specific social disease, he also exposes his excessive vulnerability. He also has a critical attitude to mechanisms of violence towards people and nature, thus creating a highly disturbing work. Wade’s expressive solo is accompanied live by musician Marc Lohr. “We have chosen several original top performers and dancers, who keep destroying deep-rooted stereotypes with their radical and critical production. Most of them will present their work to Czech audiences for the first time,” says Pavel Štorek, the festival’s programmer. Performers Samira Elagoz and Sorour Darabi will also experience their Czech premiere. The Finnish and Egyptian artist Samira Elagoz will bring the successful performance Cock, Cock.. Who’s There?, which she performs on 6 October at 8 p.m. at the Archa Theatre. Elagoz combines performative techniques and video, making the universal style of “docu-fiction”. The non-binary artist Sorour Darabi will stage his “ode to vulnerability” Savušun, based on the eponymous Shiite festival in the Centre for Contemporary Art DOX on 12 October at 6 p.m. Darabi oscillates between a real and symbolic loss, comfort and discomfort, toxic masculinity and vulnerability of one’s own identity. Visitors to the 4+4 Days in Motion will also see the French musician and performer Gérald Kurdian, who will present his stand-up performance Hot Bodies full of metamorphoses of sexual revolutions of the 20th and 21st centuries. Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor, ranking among the most outstanding performers of contemporary Israeli dance, will bring their most intimate production The Third Dance, in which they reflect 15 years of their life and work together. The Belgian artists Louis Vanhaverbeke will examine the limits of normality in the performance Mikado Remix. The documentary performance Mining Stories uses testimonies about the tragedy in the Brazilian mining region Minas Gerais, analyzed by Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere, focusing on memory, politics, and religion. The American dancer and choreographer Trajal Harell will present his feature production for three dancers Judson Church is Ringing in Harlem, in which he merges two distant worlds – postmodern dance’s minimalism and Vogue’s lavishness. In her distinctive stand-up Black Off, the South African actress and performer Ntando Cele sharply criticizes prejudices and disregard and offers the audiences with new ways to think about racism.
Theatre programme TRAILER: https://youtu.be/lyCYs5GWs9w
24th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART
4+4 Days in Motion 2019 | 4 – 12 October 2019
Desfours Palace (Na Florenci 21a, Praha 1), Archa Theatre, Ponec – Theatre for Dance, DOX Center for Contemporary Art
Partner of the festival: Trade Center Praha a.s.
The festival was supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Municipality of Prague, IN SITU, Creative Europe, Flanders State of the Art, French Institute in Prague
Main media partner: Radio 1
Media partners: Fotograf, ArtMap, FlashArt, Czech Radio Vltava, Radio Wave, Art&Antiques, artalk.cz, divadlo.cz i-divadlo, tanecniaktuality.cz