Čtyři dny | Four days

VerTeDance (CZ)

Learned Helplessness

/ Dance, Festival program 2013, Site-specific
17.–20. 10. / 18:00, Orco
21. 10. / 20:00, Orco
22.–23. 10. / 18:00, Orco
Price: 200 / 150 CZK
In its latest production, VerTeDance abandons its usual home stage at Prague’s Ponec Theatre in order to delve into the underground spaces of the former municipal spa. The project is loosely inspired by Dagmar Šimková’s book We Were There, Too, about her experiences in a communist prison camp in the 1950s. The contradiction between the site’s original purpose and its current state resonates with the fates of people who were tortured and killed for expressing a noble spirit. VerTeDance has invited an international team of renowned artists to collaborate on this project: movement is being coordinated by Lali Ayguade Farro, a long-term dancer with the famed Akram Khan Company, the music is by Polish composer Rafał Dętkoś, and the performance is directed by Jiří Havelka.

The VerTeDance dance ensemble, founded in 2004, consists of dancer-choreographers Veronika Kotlíková and Tereza Ondrová (2010 Dancer of the Year) and lighting designer and the Ponec Theatre’s technical director Pavel Kotlík. In addition to creating its own successful projects, the ensemble also collaborates with foreign choreographers (Thomas Steyaert, Charlotta Öfverholm); it regularly presents its productions in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Belgium, Russia, Romania, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Sweden, Ukraine and elsewhere. VerTeDance is the only Czech ensemble to have twice won the prestigious award for Dance Production of the Year – in 2006 (Silent Talk) and 2012 (What is the Weight of Your Desire?).


No language barrier
Duration: 50 min

Performers: Veronika Kotlíková, Tereza Ondrová, Martina Hajdyla Lacová, Karolína Hejnová, Robert Nižník, Jaro Ondruš, Petr Opavský, Katarína Ďuricová, Lucia Kašiarová, Jiří Havelka, Lali Ayguade Farro, Rafal Deťkos, Adriana Černá, Tomáš Žižka a studenti
Production: VerTedance o.s. a festival 4+4 dny v pohybu
Supported by: MHMP, MKČR, Nadace život umělce, METROSTAV a.s., ALT@RT o.s.

This production was supported by production and mobility aid from the IN SITU network, in the frame of the META project, with the support of the European Commission (DGEAC-Culture programme)

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