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Czech performers on the Performing Arts Market in Seoul

3 OCTOBER 2014 - Czech Centres in cooperation with Prague City Tourism participate in the Performing Arts Market in Seoul for the first time this year. Besides the booth Czech Centres introduce nowadys successful two Czech ensembles Spitfire Company and Tantehorse through performances in Mapo Arts Center on October 7th, 8th, which are involved in the market section PAMS Link. The Czech presentation on the market is concluded by the networking evening event PAMS Night in the Castle Praha on October 9th.

Spitfire Company is an artistic company that includes works of physical, visual and dance theatre. It is currently one of the most progressive ensemble of author theatre in the Czech Republic. The most important and characteristic aspects of the ensemble’s work are: searching of an original physical language of each particular performance, emphasis on experiencing performer’s state of being that generates very present emotions, finding new visual stimuli, dealing with a human’s limitation and his/her existential situation.

Spitfire Company introduces performance „Antiwords“ influenced by the works of Václav Havel, especially his play Audience and its legendary film adaptation, in which the role of the brewer was played by Landovský with his ability to drink nine pints of beer while in character. Will Mířenka Čechová and Jindřiška Křivánková outdo the legend? Will they reach a state on the edge, recalling Havel's motif of alienation and Hrabal's poetics of loneliness? Aside from the two actors, major roles are played by oversized heads authored by sculptor Paulina Skavová, and by Sivan Eldar's music composed specifically for this performance.

"The power of Antiwords and its ability to connect with modern audiences lies in its radical approach and emphasis on the absurd. (...) Congratulations to the creators and actors of Antiwords for presenting a unique, powerful and highly recommended performance (...) opportunity to experience world class theatre" (DC Metro Washington)

For more information: www.spitfirecompany.cz

Tantehorse was founded in 2006 by Miřenka Čechová and Radim Vizvary as Teatro Pantomissimo. Initially the group focused on continuing the strong Czech tradition of modern pantomime, picking up on the work of their teacher Boris Hybner and the influences of Ladislav Fialka and Marcel Marceau. However, the ensemble soon abandoned the world of fragile silence and went their own way through slapstick, comedy and black humor, with works tending towards surrealism and decadence.

Tantehorse intriduces  a movement and visual performance piece „S/He Is Nancy Joe“ that utilizes a unique style of street ballet in conjunction with animation, projections and recorded sound.  Miřenka Čechová combines hip-hop, pop and lock, physical mime, contemporary dance, and classical ballet with interactive comic book visuals and spoken narrative to create an art form that is truly contemporary. S/He is Nancy Joe tells the story of questioning and gender identity.

Cechova (…) delivers this roller coaster of the soul through comic-book projections and a mashed-up dance language that borrows from hip-hop, ballet and the ooze of melted wax speaks to her theatrical talent. (...) Some of Cechova’s contortions reminded me of Pina Bauch's corporal exaggerations; other moments brought to mind Gene Kelly’s responsive wit in “Anchors Aweigh,” (Sarah Kaufman, 11/10/2012, Style/ The Washington Post)

“S/He is Nancy Joe is an invaluable and spectacular piece of performance art that should be seen by everyone” (Don Michael Mendoza, 11/09/2012, DCMetroTheatreArts)

For more information: www.tantehorse.cz

For more information about Performing Arts Market in Seoul: www.pams.or.kr

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