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11 Jun 2016 20:15 - 23:00

Boys Who Like To Play With Dolls at Trip The Light | Intercontinental Drifts #5

A choreography by Tereza Ondrová and Peter Šavel Boys Who Like To Play With Dolls will be featured at The Light | Intercontinental Drifts, a monthly platform (February-July 2016) where cutting edge choreography from across Europe and the UK meet. A night of new moves, new waves and new choreographic terrain.

Tickets: £10

Boys who Like to Play With Dolls

The society instills us from childhood gender stereotypes. Pink is for girls, cars are for boys, girls play with dolls and boys do not cry. Gender - the sexuality of personality - is much more than a biological phenomenon a social phenomenon. The essence of what it means being a man or a woman is not based solely on the amount of estrogen or testosterone in the body, but is basically the result of the social influence or decision, education, process of socialization. 

Welcome in the fantasy world in which the masculine and feminine principle may not be the same as a man and a woman. The project results from a creative meeting of two distinctive choreographers and performers who have met in the successful project Much More Than  Nothing. Movement and dance become in this project a means to express the contrast betweenthe expression of body and soul, between genetic givens and social prejudices in an attempt to challenge the various social stereotypes and explore the theme of gender purely physically.

Concept, choreography and performed by: Tereza Ondrová, Peter Šavel Light
design: Jiří Hajdyla
Music: Kat Graham, Philipoctus de Caserta, Guillaume Dufay
Produced by: Karolína Hejnová - danceWATCH
Supported by: Ministry of Culture Czech Republic, Czech Centre London

Selected for Priority Companies List by Aerowaves 2014
Second Place at Czech Dance Platform 2014
Nomination for Dancer of the Year – Tereza Ondrová, Peter Šavel


Tereza Ondrová -
In 2006 she graduated at Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Department of Dance Pedagogy. She is a founder of a dance ensemble VerTeDance within which she has so far created together with Veronika Kotlíková over 16 projects; three of them were awarded by the most prestigious award in the field of Czech contemporary dance: Dance Piece of the Year Prize (2005, 2012 and 2014). In 2010, she was awarded „Dancer of the Year“ Prize. As a performer, she co- operated with DOT 504, Anton Lahký, Olga Cobos, Peter Mika, Nir de Vollf, Felix Ruckert, Thomas Steyaert and others.

Peter Šavel - He obtained a bachelor degree at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (focus on pedagogy of modern dance) and then graduated from P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels in 2010. He danced in a number of choreographies by renowned Slovak and international authors such as T. Hauert, S. Sanchis, D. Zambrano, W. Vandekeybus or A. T. de Keersmaeker. After being accepted to P.A.R.T.S., he began to work on his own choreographies. Boys Who Like TO Play With Dolls are his third presence in the prestigious selection by Aerowaves network. He currently lives and works in Brussels where he cooperates with Pierre Droulers and develops his own projects.


“ (..) you have to be yourself, love the skin you’re in, be glad  you’re alive... Their wobbly rendition of Purcell at the end – “Music for a while shall all your cares beguile” – is an adorably poignant affirmation of all this piece stands, and  walks, for. “ 
Mary Brennan, Herald Scotland

“This show has received acclaim all over the world and it's not hard to see why (...) this  is a really interesting piece that is perfectly performed.“  Hannah Lucy Baker, Broadway Baby

“The dancers also appear to portray characters going through their life, struggling to  understand themselves and how they are meant to relate to each other. Where do they  fit? Do they want to lead, or to be led? “  Hazel DuBourdiue, TV Bomb

„Highly recommended show! (...) A solid blend of everyday movement, complimented by  accessible and impressive contemporary dance that achieves its goals of questioning the  ostensible nature of gender.“

Trip Space Projects is an innovative cultural space providing progressive activities for contemporary dance and  performance.  Situated in two converted railway arches in Acton Mews, just off the Regents Canal in Haggerston (Hackney) it cultivates an environment in which the body, the ecology of the being and the social cultural landscape are engaged through a range of learning practices, artistic events, social interactions. In addition to this it programmes regular nights of high quality cutting edge and experimental performance, contemporary choreography & a vibrant calendar of workshops led by top European dance artists.




TripSpace Projects, 339-340 Acton Mews, E8 4EA, Haggerston, London


11 Jun 2016 20:15 - 23:00


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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