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10 Feb 2016 - 28 Feb 2016

Věra Ondrašíková selected for BE Festival residency

BE FESTIVAL is Birmingham's European Festival of performing arts. The festival takes place annually in Birmingham and lasts for a week featuring a daring and innovative programme of theatre, dance, circus, live music, DJs, visual arts, talks and workshops from across the continent. During the year, the festival invites two international artists to create a show with young people based in Birmingham who don't speak English as a first language, speak a second language at home, are homeless, at risk of homelessness, refugees or asylum seekers. In February, selected from an open call for applicants, Czech artist Věra Ondrašíková will be collaborating with British artist Michael Bell. At the end of the residency/rehearsals, there will be a sharing at the Midlands Arts Centre.

2016 festival dates: June 21 -25
Further info: www.befestival.org


Graduated from Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Choreography, Ph.D.) and Fine Arts.
In 2005 she was awarded the “Most Outstanding Dancer” prize at the festival Masdanza (Spain). Also nominated for „Dancer of the Year“ at the Czech Dance Platform Festival as well as the Das beste Deutshe Solo competition in Leipzig.

Her projects were staged at Aerowaves in London, the Biennale de la danse in Lyon, Euro-Scene Leipzig, Tanec Praha, Aerodance in Amsterdam and Masdanza in Spain (awarded First Prize for the group piece), Cynetart Festival (Hellerau, Dresden), Off Europa in Dresden and Leipzig. She appeared as a guest in the Komedie Theatre (Klára S. – E.Jelinek/D.Jařab).

2010-13 she lived and worked in Germany, having a residency at Tanzplan Dresden, Steptext Bremen, T.M.A. Hellerau), created project „The Savage Land“ for Tanz companie of Theater Vorpommern.
2013 she choreographed Vaclav Havel’s Anticodes at the New Scene of The National Theatre in Prague. The show toured New York, Miami and Washington.
2015 she created the new audiovisual dance piece GUIDE, which is now on tour.

Vera has led workshops for many companies such Laterna Magica, Prague Chamber Ballet, Archa Theatre Lab and countless others in Germany, Spain and Mexico as well as auditions internationally, (for example, Tanzplan Dresden and Cirque du Soleil). She is currently teaching at Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, running her own classes at the New Scene of the National Theatre at the same time as developing new projects of her own.

The residency is organised by Be Festival and suppoerted by Arts and Theatre Institute - Artists in Residence Programme and Czech Centre London.

"GUIDE is a relatively innovative concept in this country, in particular thanks to its combination of very specific work with light and dance, making it a foreshadowing of the future and a preview of dance in formats that we aren't quite used to or in tune with yet, which on the one hand is surprising, especially with regards to the ubiquity of technology in everyday life. Ondruš's character is somewhat reminiscent of Saint-Exupéry's Little Prince and also assumes something of his melancholy. His dancing, in spite of its precision of movement and control, is very lively and natural. His older self, portrayed here by actor Miloslav Mejzlík, in many respects represents Ondruš's alter ego, rather than the expected "successor in time", which as a result reflects well the often vast changes of human character over the years. As much as both of them have the same interest and are simultaneously formed by the same experiences, just to a different degree and extent, the approach to movement within this search for the self is a good illustration of this transformation."
(Jakub Novák, Taneční zóna)


GUIDE, Audiovisual Performance - trailer from INITI - ex The Macula on Vimeo.

Anticodes - Interactive Principles from Dan Gregor on Vimeo.



From: 10 Feb 2016
To: 28 Feb 2016


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