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26 Jun 2015

VerTeDance and Clarinet Factory at Be Festival in Birmingham

Award winning contemporary Czech dance company VerTeDance have created a beautifully poignant piece about our lack of freedom, reclusion and our power to make decisions. The cast weave around their own shadows whilst a live modern minimalist soundtrack by Clarinet Factory builds a fluid tension. The performace is part of Be Festival, one of the most interesting festivals of contemporary dance and physical theatre in the UK.

The company was created in 2004 and this piece won Best Dance Show 2014 at the Czech Dance Platform. Director Jiří Havelka, who created many site specific theatre pieces, is a writer and also can be found presenting arts features on Czech TV. The show will be presented at Edinburgh Fringe 2015.

The dance group VerTeDance has been acting on the Czech dance scene since 2004. The members are Veronika Kotlíková and Tereza Ondrová (awarded by the prize The Dancer of the Year 2010), dancers, choreographers, and pedagogues, and Pavel Kotlík, a light designer and technical director of the Ponec theatre.
Selected projects: The Silent Talk-Unpredictable Course (2005), 43 Sunsets (2008), Emigrantes (2010), The Cases of Dr. Touret (2009, d.: Anna Polívková), Canis Lupus (2008), Transforma (2010), and Found and Lost (2011 )and What Is The Weight Of Your Desire? (2011).
VerTe’s “home stage” is Ponec theatre. The company has, however, presented its productions in the Czech regional cities and towns as well as abroad: in Germany, Belgium, Great Britain, Ukraine, Rumania, Poland, Hungary etc.
VerTeDance is the only Czech dance group to be twice awarded by the most prestigious award in the field of contemporary dance – the Dance Piece of the Year prize. They won it in 2006 for The Silent Talk-Unpredictable Course and in June 2012 for What Is The Weight Of Your Desire?.

Lack of freedom – loneliness – indecisiveness, these are three main motives of the award winning piece of the dance company VerTeDance. The musical ensemble Clarinet Factory, which experiments with various musical genres and lays stress on revealing and communicative function of music, accompanies the dance piece directed by Jiří Havelka. In case of Correction, the music merges with movements of dancers in an unusual flowing harmony. The dancers react on it with gestures expressing their desire to find answers on questions – What is the freedom? How to find a peace within it? Why the absolute freedom pralyze our ability to decide for something, to belive in something and to reach our goal?

Tickets: ‪£12.00 (Concession Ticket) / ‪£14.00 (Standart Ticket)
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the Birmingham Repertoary Theatre, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP

26 Jun 2015


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