Dance performance „Correction“ by companies „VerTeDance“ and „Clarinet Factory“ (CZ)
Directed by: Jiří Havelka
Choreography & dance: Veronika Knytlová / Marta Trpišovská, Tereza Ondrová / Soňa Ferienčíková, Martina Hajdyla Lacová / Helena Arenbergerová, Karolína Hejnová / Sára Arnsteinová, Petr Opavský / Michael Vodenka, Robo Nižník, Jaro Ondruš / Rado Piovarči
Costume and scene design: Dáda Němeček
Lights designer: Katarína Ďuricová
Music: Clarinet Factory live
Production: VerTeDance o.s., danceWATCH – Karolína Hejnová
Supported by: City of Prague, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Foundation Život umělce, METROSTAV a.s., Tanec Praha NGO / Ponec – The Dance Venue, Čtyři dny o.s. and ALT@RT o.s.
Duration: 55 min.
Place: Culture Factory (Bangų str. 5A)
Czech Theater DNA Award 2016
Herald Angel Award 2015 /Audience Award At Be Festival 2015 / Mess Festival Award 2015 / Total Theatre Award 2015 Nomination
Dance Piece of the Year Prize 2014 / Theater News Prize 2014 / Best Light Design 2014
Imagine a world where you can’t progress despite your best efforts to push forward.
Award winning contemporary dance company VerTeDance have created a beautifully poignant piece about our lack of freedom, reclusion and our power to make decisions. The cast weaves around their own shadows whilst a live modern minimalist soundtrack by Clarinet Factory builds a fluid tension.
Reflexes, slants and curvatures; pushing off, tipping and falling – every imbalance is corrected and brought back to equilibrium. With theatrics, choreographic moments and subtle humor, Correction shows that the attainment of freedom often goes hand in hand with loss. But above all, it shows that lack of freedom to decide can also result in comfort, relief, familiarity and devotion – even happiness.
* Corner of the critics:
“A truly elevating piece of dance-theatre, in everyway, that might even change the way you see the world.” – Duska Radosavljevic, Exeunt magazine
“A perfect portrayal of humanity…” – Stuart Wilson, Edinburgh Fringe Reviews
“Rich and vivid, full of humour and urban elegance” – Lucy Ribchester, Fest Magazine
Jiří Havelka is director, author and actor. In 2003 he graduated from the Directing alternative and puppet theatre program in Jan Schmid’s atelier at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU). Therefore not surprisingly, he focuses in his theatrical artwork on group improvisation as a method of conceiving unique original performances. His plays often balance between drama and alternative, even physical or art theatre. In the beginning he was engaged chiefly with Studio Ypsilon in Prague. He is a core member of the Vosto5 group. In 2008 he received the Alfred Radok award in the Talent Of The Year category. In 2013 he created an acclaimed show “Poslední Trik Georgese Meliése” in the DRAK theatre that is focused on the children audience and then the Czech-German probe “Dechovka”, both ranked top positions in the enquiry “Show Of The Year”. He is also engaged in dance theatre, e.g. site – specific project with the VerTeDance company “Naučená bezmocnost” and a freely based sequel “Korekce” (2014).
Clarinet Factory – an exceptional clarinet quartet considered to be one of the most unique local ensembles to feature on the Czech scene over the past twenty years. Their style hovers between contemporary and classical music, jazz and world music, however also features electronic and multi-genre projects. Clarinet Factory have also composed film music as well as compositions for theatre and dance performances, and in March 2017 released a new CD MEADOWS (homerecords.be).
“Imagine a music workshop or laboratory, spiced up with some clarinet art, classic musical training, a touch of world music, jazz and minimalism. The environment you have created generates space for your own particular genre to flourish; a style which certainly has something in common with crossover as a term, but which is better expressed as ‘music without borders,’” describe Clarinet Factory their interesting musical concept.
Photo: Linda Prusova, Vojtech Brtnicky, Radek Holes