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From July 14th till August 15th 2014 residencies of dance artists are taking place at  Art Stations Foundation in Poznań as a part of the Identity Move! programme. Identity Move! offers a transnational platform for theoretical and artistic research in the field of contemporary dance and related performing arts focusing on the ?Eastern Belt? of Europe: Bosnia and Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia. Identity Move! is coordinated by Goethe-Institut Warsaw in cooperation with the Centre for Culture Lublin, Obcanske sdruzeni Motus in Prague and the State School of Dance in Athens with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union. The Art Stations Foundation is a partner of the project. The current residents are four artists: choreographer and actress Halka Třešňáková from the Czech Republic, choreographer and performer László Fülöp from Hungary, architect and curator Georgia Voudouri from Greece, and dancer and dance-therapist Ivana Gojmerac from Bosnia.

 

Halka Třešňáková graduated from the Department of Non-verbal and Comedy Theater at The Prague Academy of Music (HAMU). Later she taught at HAMU and JAMU. She has worked with artists from various countries and has been a co-creator of an entire range of projects including: Hanging Man (Ctibor Turba); Strangeness / Divnosti, The Life of Franta Zije, Talkmen (Jednoka); I Dressed and Ate; Cat (Petr Krušelnický); On His Couch; and Mezzo, Už muž, and Money Transformance with Second Hand Women. In the recent years she performed as an actress for example in Uranium, Stud Fee and Oil by Miroslav Bambušek. Currently you can see her in the performance Mrs. Rabbi at the Slovak National Theater or at the Czech National Theater in the play Enron, for which she also created the movement choreography. Her current work includes the performance of Brass Band by Vosto 5 theater about the post-war massacre on Germans done by Czechs in a small town near Jihlava. Currently she is working as movement choreographer at City Theater Brno on the performance The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, where she explores new ways to find a stage language for the movement of an autistic boy and the reactions towards him from the outside world. Many of her projects toured around the world. She likes to provoke, experiment, unearth taboos, and always surprise. Halka Třešňáková is an actress, choreographer, and a pedagogue, but above all ? an artist. Třešňáková is particularly interested in identity because of her background. At a young age, she left the communist Czechoslovakia for West Germany and in 1990 she was able to return. On top of that, as she says, her family and upbringing were Jewish, and thus for her identity is an interesting and ambiguous topic. Among others, she wants to focus on the identities of refugees who were forced to find their new identities in new states and languages. She examines the attitudes of the society towards such people. Třešňáková is interested in body as a means of expression.

 

László Fülöp is a young Hungarian contemporary dance choreographer, performer and teacher, after one year residency program by L1 Association he joined the association’s work in 2014. He was born in 1987 in Budapest as child of musician parents so he?s got a strong musical background and education in his childhood. Later his interest started to turn more and more towards dance and theater. He went to Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy and finished his studies in 2010. Since then as a freelancer he has cooperated with many different artists and dance companies and as an independent choreographer he has developed  his own choreographic works as well. His main topic of research is the human being in its own completeness, without ideologies or prejudices: in a simple, pure and personal way. He focuses on the performers? personalities and tries to avoid any generalizations, spectacular elements, classical aesthetics of dance, which diverts attention from the performers and simplifies the analyzed phenomena. He always centered his previous works on specific psychological topics: In his piece whatsupwithyou?!nothing?! (2010) he dealt with loneliness, personal rituals and being alone in society, while in emese&emil (2011) he investigated Eric Berne’s transaction analysis and game theory. In what does ?iloveyou? means? (2011) he was exploring whether there can ever be a personal, sincere and intimate relationship between performers and audiences in a theatrical framework, and in his latest piece, called there?s an elephant in every room? (2013) he was researching what degree we can objectively talk about self-determination and free will. László?s interest in movement is focused on choreographing everyday movements and gestures into dance, experimenting with extreme size, distance and rhythms, movements so fast that they?re impossible for the brain to follow, isolation techniques, automatic connections within the body, being out of breath, resting, interdependence, defencelessness and different qualities of contact.

 

Georgia Voudouri is an architect and an installation art curator based in Athens, Greece. After studying Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens (2007) she specialized in Parametric Design and Digital Fabrication Techniques at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Spain (2008). During her studies there, she had the opportunity to apply high-end digital design and construction techniques in the production of small-scale pavilions, integrating adaptive and interactive technologies. Through the implementation of sensorial systems embedded in each construction that can respond to external data and changes, she started recognizing space as an ever-changing,performative interface. Following that, she took an MSc in Cultural Management from the Panteion University, Athens (2013), where she expanded her vision of spatial and artistic creation as a continuum with socio-economical and cultural aspects. In 2013 she co-founded the creative team medianeras, offering concept, curation and communication services. In the past years she has curated various artistic projects such as Ypo Kataskevi (2012), Art-A Topografies (2012), RoomstoArt (2012) and apomechanes: nonlinear design strategies (2011). She has participated in international research projects and installations in the field of digital space and form production (Hyperhabitat, Venice Biennale of Architecture, 2008, Parametric Synthesis Workshop, Istanbul, 2010), and has contributed in conferences concerning the contemporary mediatic character of material culture [The New Sensorium-(2012), Hybrid City (2013)]. Her research interests include the Performative Spatial Analysis of Installation Art, the experimental use of Digital Tools in Architecture and Art and Site-Specific creation. Being an amateur dancer herself, she is interested in the corporeal cognition of space and the use of qualitative data as space design parameters [Meeting point of Architecture and Dance Workshop (2004), Infornation Pavillion System (2008), Ypo Kataskevi (2012)]. The idea of ?actors? [human or material] shaping through time and carrying with them their own ?roots? which can be expressed in their every form of creation or interaction is central in her latest research; that exactly is the definition of Identity for her, and the point she wants to focus on throughout the Identity!Move project: movement, spontaneity, site-specificity and interactive space. A system of ?actors? performing as individual entities and as a whole, placing emphasis more on the definition and differentiation of their patterns of action, than in one specific end-result formation. Voudouri believes that a very interesting and direct way of experiencing localities is to explore the interaction between the body [the ultimate medium of expression for personal and social identity] and spatial structures that are able to ?change? according to the locus they are placed at.

 

Ivana Gojmerac was born in 1986. She studied in the High Music School in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and then at the Music Academy of Sarajevo at the University of Sarajevo. There she obtained an M.A. degree in Methodology of music teaching and Dance/movement therapy for children with disorders. She is currently doing doctoral studies in this field at the Faculty of Pedagogy. Gojmerac also works as a teacher of classic ballet at the Elementary Ballet School. Gojmerac? professional experience is focused on dance and music therapy in various schools and on teaching ballet, also to young children. Since 2008 she has published papers in various magazines, primarily on dance and music therapy. In 2014, her book, Dance-music therapy for children with special needs, is to be published in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her artistic and professional interests include also singing and choreography. Gojmerac says that she has many identities because of the several jobs that she has ? a ballet teacher, contemporary dancer, dance therapist, and senior assistant at the Faculty of Social Sciences. She is a daughter, sister, wife, teacher, friend, pedagogue? A Bosnian, Balkan and a European girl. These are all her identities and this is who she is. She has conducted dance therapy with people with mental and physical disabilities who were expressing their identity by move or dance. She is currently working with blind and deaf people, whom she helps to express their identity through contemporary dance with professional dancers. She perceives our every move as a move towards our own identity. Every our feeling, memory and thought comes from the subconscious to our body and represents all our identities, which we express through movement. If every artist is a unique set of identities, the dance they perform is unique and very authentic. Artistic identity is also conditioned by the time and place from which it comes (it could also be in a local context), and in which it is at the moment, it produces movement. It creates artistic identity, which leads to movement.

 

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