The V.4 Dance Festival brings together some of the boldest dance-makers from the The Visegrád Group (V4), the cultural and political alliance of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. They come together for this rare two-day festival of Central European contemporary dance. The festival offers a satisfying and intimate sampling of the fantastical and the hypnotic, the tongue-in-cheek and the playful humdrum of everyday. The first edition of the festival will take its place on April 19 ? 20 2018 in New York and April 25 ? 26 2018 in New Orleans, US. V4 DANCE Festival 2018 will introduce the work of choreographers Věra Ondrašíková (Czech Republic), László Fülöp (Hungary), Pawel Sakowicz (Poland) and Stanislava Vlčeková and Jozef Vlk (Slovakia). Sakowicz will present TOTAL on 19 April (9 pm) in New York and on 26 April (8:30 pm) in New Orleans.
The four works selected, while quite different one from the other, are all unlike the work being made in the U.S. Two of the pieces ?Guide? (Ondrašíková) and ?WOW!? (Debris Company)) are technically quite sophisticated and rely on visual imagery. The other two ?TOTAL? (Sakowicz) and Your Mother at My Door (Fülöp) incorporate text that is delivered with a kind of irony that is deceptive. The viewer may not be 100% sure whether these dancers are serious about what they?retellingus or are winkingslyly,? introduces the program Laurie Uprichard, festival´s curator.
These four works will be seen in New York at NYU?s Skirball Center and in New Orleans at the Contemporary Arts Center (where Uprichard is Senior Curator of Performing Arts).With a presence in two cities in the U.S., the project will have greater impact and the artists will be able to meet a broader range of dance students and audiences through the performances, workshops, and discussions in each location.
About Paweł Sakowicz?s piece:
Speculating on dance virtuosity implies a way of thinking which is based on experience but is not necessarily empirically verifiable. The goal of such specula- tion is to attain a particular image of dance virtuosity by means of predictable economic, political and meta-humanistic change. One characteristic feature of speculation on dance virtuosity is risk-taking in creating radical scenarios related to the politics of desires.
choreography, text and performance: Paweł Sakowicz
artistic coaching: Dalija Aćin in Thelander
technical realization and lights: Łukasz Kędzierski
production: Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk (developed as part of the Solo Projekt Plus 2015 residency programme by the Art Stations Foundation)
premiere: 12 December 2015, Old Brewery, Studio Słodownia +3, Poznań
duration: 30 minutes
Paweł Sakowicz is a choreographer and dancer. He graduated from the University of Warsaw with a degree in political studies and holds an MA in performance and choreography from the London Contemporary Dance School. His Bernhard and TOTAL were invited to the Polish Dance Platform (2014 and 2017 editions, respectively). He has collaborated with choreographers and visual artists, and worked as a choreographer in a number of theatre productions. A recipient of an honourable mention at the 22nd National Competition for the Polish Contem- porary Play Staging, he was awarded a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and received a nomination for the 2016 ?Polityka? Passports in the ?Theatre? category.
Four organizations that are key players in the field of contemporary dance in Visegrad region joined forces with a well established and respected American dance curator Laurie Uprichard and with two dance venues to promote Visegrad in United States. The presentation of four selected artists and their work in New York and New Orleans will highlight Visegrad as a region rich with talented artists and a hotbed of innovative European contemporary dance that is globally relevant and attractive to both professional audiences and wide public.
For more information of the V4 DANCE FESTIVAL and presented artists find here:
Links to the websites of the organisers in New York and New Orleans:
The V4 Dance Festival is made possible with support from the Visegrad Fund, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, Polish Cultural Institute New York, Balassi Institute, Hungarian Cultural Center New York, Fond na podporu umenia (Arts Council), Central European Institute|Quinnipiac University, Czech Center, Ministry of Culture in Czech Republic, Consulate General of Slovakia in New York, the Starseed Foundation and Aerowaves