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4 Jul 2018 19:00

Let’s Dance by VerTeDance at BE Festival in Birmingham

Contemporary dance is often denigrated and accused of being self righteous, impenetrable even, begging the question, how can it be explained? With tongue firmly in cheek, director Petra Tejnorová takes charge, with a cast of five, in writing the ‘manual for anxious audiences’ offering guidance about how to overcome your ‘contemporary’ fears. Emblazoned with irony, the show plays with the audience whether on the fence or initiated.

A brief manual for anxious audiences.
A few lessons on endangered species.
A physical documentary about contemporary dance

Created, performed and choreographed by: Tereza Ondrová, Helena Arenbergerová, Helena Araújo, Halka Třešnáková, Martin Talaga, Director: Petra Tejnorová

Dramaturgy: Marta Ljubková
Assistant director and choreography: Matthew Rogers
Lighting design: Katarína Ďuricová
Scenography: Adriana Černá
Sound design: Dominik Žižka
Preparatory workshops: Jaro Viňarský, Matthew Rogers, Peter Šavel
Producer: danceWATCH / Karolína Hejnová

Wednesday 4 July, 7 pm
Birmingham Repertory Theatre,Centenary Square,Broad Street,BirminghamB1 2EP
Tickets from £12
Online booking

he dance company VerTeDance was founded in 2004 by the trio Veronika Knytlová and Tereza Ondrová, dancers and choreographers, and Pavel Kotlík, a light designer. During 14 years of their existence, VerTeDance have created more than twenty projects, having mated with uncountable outstanding personalities of the Czech and international dance scene. The company has to its credit a number of important rewards, among them The Dancer of the Year 2010 and 2017, The Best Light Design Award (2012, 2014 and 2017), The Theatre Journal Award (2012 and 2014) and DNA Theatre Prize (2016). VerTeDance is the only Czech company to have gained the most prestigious Czech award in the field, The Dance Piece of The Year, as many as three times: for Silent Talk in 2005, for What is the Weight of Your Desire in 2012 and for CORRECTION in 2014. In 2015 VerTeDance was awarded BE Audience Award 2015 and Mess Festival Award 2015 at BE festival in Birmingham and also the prestigious Herald Angel Award 2015 at Edinburgh Fringe Festival – all of these for CORRECTION.

Petra Tejnorová
Petra completed her master’s degree in direction at KALD DAMU in 2009. She explores the various possibilities of actor-spectator relationships, she is searching for a new role for theatre in today’s world, and she is experimenting with physical and documentary theatre and theatrical conventions. In this way she creates her own theatre projects as well as guest directions. In her original productions she emphasizes team work, devising methods and processuality – perceiving a performance as a unique event. In her last projects, she also worked from personal stories, from stories of people from various contexts and nationalities using varied audiovisual means and video reshoots. When Petra Tejnorová works with text she aims at loosening the structures of dramatic texts, at non-fabulative compositions such as montages, collages etc. She is also interested in so-called open texts: texts, which are not originally dramatic. She has cooperated with the National Theatre New Stage, Dejvicke Theatre, Archa Theatre, Minor Theatre, Alfa, Ponec, Alfred ve Dvoře, Roxy/Nod and Disk.

With the support of: MHMP, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, METROSTAV, Tanec Praha / PONEC – dance venue, ALT@RT

Part of BE Festival.




Birmingham Repertory Theatre,Centenary Square,Broad Street,BirminghamB1 2EP

4 Jul 2018 19:00


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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