Creation Beyond Front@ V, Robert Clark:

choreographer: Robert Clark
performers: Celia Hickey, Elizabeth Barker, Kaja Janjić, Zvonimir Kvesić, Ivanov Gábor
music: Ulrich Troyer
light: Gabi Benkő

production: Beyond Front@ Bridging New Territories, Creation Beyond Front@ 5: Croatian Institue for Movement and Dance (HR), Flota (SI), Pro Progressione (HU), Greenwich Dance Agency (UK), OHO/Offenes Haus Oberwart (AT), D.ID/Dance Identity (AT)

9 May 2014, time 20.00, Burgenlädische TanzTage, Offenes Haus Oberwart, Austria
12 May 2014, time 19.30, Bethlen Téri Színház, Budapest, Hungary

About the show:
Robert Clark : ”The process for this creation began a year ago, since when 5 dancers have met at intervals to spend a week in each others company in each of the partner countries. During these weeks they have danced, improvised, performed and lived together - communicating and exchanging values, thoughts, aesthetics and context. This creation continues this process. The work is about this.
We are searching for a common ground, not to lose our individuality or identity in this process but to be together in purpose and action. To be in agreement. This piece is the direct result of globalisation, but we are not politically motivated to comment on this. We are involved, a product of it and the beneficiaries of it.  This work is a pure dance piece, constructed using improvisation, repetition and memory in order to find and develop a new home for these dancers to occupy out of the possibilities, references and histories that we do/n't share. Perhaps our body or sense of ourselves as an individual can become this home, each shut into a private space, but in this work we find a home in the communication and dialogue between ourselves and others.
In this work we perform the process and expose it to view. We question what is the performance, when does it start, what do we want to show, what do we want to hide, where is performance in this space. This analogue allows us to be within the process as we perform. We are excited to be joined by an audience to complete this journey and welcome you to this home-space.”

About the author:
Robert Clark
is a resident artist at Greenwich Dance, a Dance4 Associate Artist and is supported through the Escalator Dance scheme in the east of England. He is an established performer and collaborator having worked across Europe with companies and choreographers including Cie Soit/Hans van der Broek, Sasha Waltz and guests, Charles Linehan, Vincent Dance Theatre and Cie Felix Ruckert amongst others. As a choreographer he seeks to extend this collaborative interest through his focus on the process of communication undefined by a specific style. Robert with his team, works from a conceptual starting point into the medium that best expresses this exploration of direct study and metaphor.

Creation Beyond Front@ IV, Vania Gala: COOLING DOWN SIGNS

choreographer: Vânia Gala
performers: Teresa Noronha Feio, Varga Boglarka, Maja Kalafatić, Maria Duenas Lopez, Anis Habibović
lighting Design: Bojan Gagić
styling: Josipa Tokić

production: Beyond Fronta Bridging New Territories, Creation Beyond Fronta 4: Croatian Institue for Movement and Dance (HR), Flota (SI), Progressione (HU) 

About the show:
‘Cooling Down Signs’ speaks about a prevailing sense we increasingly witness today: apathy. My intention was to create a piece which embodies the idea of a performative archive for a state of inaction that I feel we (my generation) navigate in. The piece is composed as a playlist of reflections: about strategies of coping with the challenges the world throws at us; strategies on how to (un)occupy this body or even this space. To cool down, to allow the body to gradually transition from a state of the excessive to one more restful, or near-resting state; a metaphor perhaps for exhaustion (Franco Berardi). Speaking about this means also to speak about a certain immobility that arises, and even, to withdraw from society, community, body, or to space out in an effort to face exhaustion: exhausted times, exhausted conventions in dance. To speak of these concepts means also to speak about a certain immobility and the moment where there is little to say.
‘Cooling Down Signs’ is about the dispossession of the body within the limit of our non-involvment inwhat surrounds us. The idea of the (un)occupied body was the main generator of the movement material developed through specific tasks I gave to the dancers to research and resolve. The playlist draws upon my interest for the present, the “now” and the affects and (dis)affects of my contemporaries. The permanent, seeming inarticulation prevailing in the piece is more a metaphor of the discomfort arising from our lack of capacity to deal with the excess of information coming at us rapidly, and the sense of time fleeting, the necessity to find new ways of coping. This piece is also an (un)ending quest for what ‘liveness’ on stage can be, perhaps even a possible choreography of absence.” (Vânia Gala).

About the author:
Vânia Gala, a Portuguese choreographer originally from Angola, studied dance at the European Dance Development Center in Arnheim, (NL), graduating later in choreography from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London. Among a number of international collaborations she includes dance organizations: Les Ballet C. of LaB, Christine de Smelt, Constanza Macras, National Scene - Bergen, Morten Travik, Kompani B. Valiente etc. Her most noted works to date are: Automatic ID /AID (Angola – the 1st Triennale; Portugal; Norway; Germany; Ireland - Dublin Fring Festival Award 2005 for best female performer; Great Britain - Aerowaves; Russia; Italy - 1st African Pavillion/Venice Biennale); MiamiLuanda (Teatro Académico Gil Vicente, Portugal; Portuguese Platform for Performative Arts 09 curated by Rui Horta; Centro Cultural de Belém). Lately she collaborates with Sonia Boyce, in her project ‘Coming Ashore’, curated by Paul Goodwin (TATE). She also teaches: Tanz Fabrik, Kampnagel, Bergen Danse Senter) and currently directs: ‘Semana (d)ança’ and ‘Corpus lab’ both taking place at Gil Vicente Theater in Portugal.

About the project:
Beyond Front@ / Bridging New Territories is a partnership between dance organizations from Croatia, Austria, Great Britain, Hungary and Slovenia with associate partners in Portugal, Greece, Italy, Serbia and Slovakia. The action Creation Beyond Front@4 aims to offer young dancers and choreographers an opportunity to establish new networks across Europe, through creation of new work. The choreographer was chosen through European-wide Open Call, and dancers through auditions in Slovenia, Croatia and Hungary. Part of the creative process was presented at the 8. Burgenländische Tanztage in Austria. Following the Zagreb premier, the production will be presented through the network of Beyond Front@.

Supported by:

Beyond Front@ - Bridging New Territories - 1. June 2012 - 31. May 2014 - European dance network project supported by the Culture Programme of EU