Jan Komárek, Andrea Miltnerová and guests
performance length: 70 min
no language barrier

An unforced yet curious association of movement obsession images. An intimate evening with archaic lighting and mulled wine.

OBSCURE CINEMATHEQUE / Jan Komárek & guests
Experimental film shorts by Jan K. projected on an old-style film screen

One of the shorts will be the premiere of FRAME, created in the Alfred ve dvoře Theatre, in which brief, improvised etudes take place with a simple projection in the background. This projection itself determines the "playing area" into which dancers and performers can enter as they wish. The final outcome of this "story of images" depends on Komárek's sensitivity, sense of rhythm, the faster or slower passage of time, and play with sound and silence. The film is not accompanied by music, all sound is authentic, or in the making of the film, modulated.

A short live demonstration of the "Frame" improvisation technique will be provided by Andrea Miltnerová, Věra Ondrašíková a Jacques-Éloi Génot.

The use of projections has in recent years become commonplace, and not just in dance performances. Komárek attempts to use projection as an organic part of the environment in which the performers move, all the while ensuring it becomes neither a dominant element of the performance design, nor just a simple esthetic detail. What’s evident is an obsession with black-and-white, technically imperfect film. To Komárek, imperfect, grainy images with contours out of focus can hold a certain mystery but also a dose of history, evoking the unstoppable flow of time...

Jan Komárek
He studied painting and graphic design at the School of Applied Arts. He worked in various different fields, as well as composing music for theatre and puppet theatre. After emigrating to France, he formed the ‛Mimo Theatre’, creating puppet theatre for both adults and children, performing himself as puppeteer and clown. In 1983 Jan moved to Toronto, Canada, where, together with composer Rainer Wiens he founded ‛Sound Image Theatre’, using actors as well as dancers and various performers to create image based, poetic performances with live music.
He received several prestigious Dora Mayor Awards for Best Play, Best Set and Lighting Design and Best Music. He gradually started to work as lighting designer for other professional theatre companies, particularly in the dance field in Toronto and Montreal. Jan moved back to Prague in 2001, where he became known on the alternative scene for his own shows and lighting design. He was voted ‛Theatre Personality of the Year 2009’ by the New Wave Festival and was awarded first prize for Lighting Design by an international jury at the 2010 Czech Dance Platform Festival. In Jan’s creations, sound, light and movement are inseparable elements and are created together.
He draws his inspiration from images, be they paintings, drawings or photographs, as well as from the look and personality of the individual performers.

Věra Ondrašíková
is Czech dancer, choreographer and pedagogue. As a dancer, she participated in the projects of choreographers: Claude Brumachon (CND Nantes), Nir de Volff, Norman Douglas, Willi Dorner, Maya Lipsker and others. Her projects were put on stage within the festivals Tanec Praha, Biennale de la danse in Lyon, Euro-Scene Leipzig. Aerowaves in London, Aerodance in Amsterdam and Masdanza in Spain (awarded the first prize for the group piece), Cynetart Festival (Hellerau, Dresden). She took part in a residential stay in France, Spain, Germany (Tanzplan Dresden, Steptext Bremen). In 2012, she created new dance piece „The Savage Land“ for Tanz companie of Theater Vorpommern and in 2013 a choreography for Vaclav Havel’s Anticodes at Nova Scena (the New Scene of the National Theatre in Prague).
Vera led workshops for Archa Theatre Lab, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, professional dance companies (Athens, Spain and Mexico) and dance auditions (Tanzplan Dresden/Juraj Korec’s production and Cirque the Soleil audition in Prague). She is currently running her own classes at the New Scene of the National Theatre and other studios.

Jacques-Eloi Génot
Website and CV

Andrea Miltnerová
British dancer and choreographer of Czech origin, who lives in Prague. For the past few years she has been specialising in baroque dance and its creative fusion with other techniques, above all contemporary dance. More about Andrea Miltnerová see below in „Dance of the Magnetic Ballerina“.

Retroexpression in Movement

"For the whole time she hardly moves from the spot and yet she evokes, as it were, a transcendental experience from the perfection of her movements ... instead of posing questions, here body screams the liberating answer of beauty.” Karolína Jermářová, Fřesh Fľesh

"Obsessive discipline, obsessive symmetry, authoritative geometry of movement annihilate her (Miltnerová's) magnetic ballerina, from which there is no other way out than self destruction. It is, of course, ravishingly beautiful and a thrilling self destruction through movement.” Nina Vangeli, Taneční zóna

This coproduction by Andrea Miltnerová and Motus has been selected for the year 2013 as part of the prestigious European network Aerowaves.

Movement in the context of image and sound - image and sound in motion. The magnetic ballerina flutters inside a minimalist yet multi-dimensional space created to expand our perception and experience of dance. Intense movement sequences fuse with a collage of sound and a unique, interactive lighting design to relate a nonviolent, at times irritating, at times vulnerable, personal testimony of an obstinate obsession with movement.

The performance is part of the project Nová Síť and DANCE PRAGUE in the regions.

Andrea Miltnerová
British dancer and choreographer of Czech origin, who lives in Prague. For the past few years she has been specialising in baroque dance and its creative fusion with other techniques, above all contemporary dance. She was born and trained in London and came to Prague to dance with the Ballet of the National Theatre. She currently collaborates as a performer with various Czech and foreign creators. Her deep interest in the baroque led her to collaborate on the reconstruction of baroque operas and to create her own performances based on movement analysis and ethnochoreographic research, for example The Baroque Body Revealed, Pentimento and Vertical Horizontal. She has worked as a director, choreographer and dancer with the early music ensembles Collegium 1704 and Collegium Marianum. She has danced in baroque operas at the National Theatre, at the baroque Castle Theatre in Český Krumlov and in festivals in Germany, Slovenia and Hungary. She is currently working with French choreographer Françoise Denieau, performing in her productions throughout France, including Paris (Opéra Comique) and Versailles (Opéra Royale), in Luxembourg and in Switzerland (Lausanne). Her contemporary dance solo Fractured was presented at the European Festival of Contemporary Dance in Poland and at euro scene Leipzig and Unidram Potsdam to critical acclaim. She has been invited to perform it at the Korzo Theatre in The Hague.

The dance of the magnetic ballerina is invited to the festival Spring Forward (Tanzt Zurich) in Zurich to Aarhus in Denmark and The Place Theatre in London.

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