Saturday, August 25, 2012

questionnaire with participant Gábor Varga (HUN/CH)

When have you been to Budapest - Hungary with your piece and artistic work earlier?
July 2011, in Szeged (Thealter Fesztival)

What do you know about Hungary and what kind of informations do you have about our dance life?
A lot about life in general, since I’m from Hungary, but not so much about contemporary dance life. I left the country before getting to know these circles well.

Do you have any preference who do you want to reach with your art and piece?
Anyone and everyone. This piece was created with the idea of reaching out to the audience and going to them rather then making them come to us.

What kind of piece will you bring to L1danceFest and does this piece mean any differences or similarities to your earlier works?
It’s the first piece that we (at least I) have created for a non-thatrical environment. It is meant to play on the street, in parcs, in galleries, in bars, etc. But of course it can be adapted to a stage as well.

What exaclty did you work on with this piece and where did you perform it already?
We worked on our common roots and common present. We both come from Hungarian culture, both did a lot of hungarian folk dance. And we both ended up contemporary dancers/choreographers in Geneva.

Do you have any hobby beside working as a dancer or creator?
I love scooba diving, but unfortunately it’s not often that I can do it.

Can you write some details about your artistic life - which direction did you come from and which direction do you go right now? Tell us some important steps from your background!
I come from hungarian folk dance. I was very, very much involved, going to “tanchaz” 3-4 times a week, dancing with several groups, wearing various pieces of traditional clothing on the street... From that  I went straight to Brussels in one of the best schools for contemporary dance and discovered this new universe with it’s different techiques, improvisation, creation. I was captured by this vast, open sea of possibilities as opposed to the closed atmosphere of the traditional dance. Today I practice both for the love of their respective advantages. JINX 103 is in a way a destillation of this double face of mine))

How did your summer time go? Did you get any new inspirations?
Family, kids, teaching, heat, lake, more kids, new job, Geneva, Budapest. 

Does it mean any differences to play your pieces in different countries? If so, could you please tell us in what sense?
In my experience, different countries have different audiences because of their different cultural and sociological background. Some countries have to work hard to bring in audiences to see dance.
I’ve danced in pieces that were well received anywhere we played them and also in ones that got cheers in one country and nearly booing on another. Both are a great experience for obviously different reasons.

Do you work and show your work for getting applause (for the audience) or does the working process mean anything else for you? What kind of feedback are you open for?
When I start a creation my departure is the concept of the piece I want to create regardless of the fact that it might or might not please my audience. But somehow I trust that if I work on something relevant for me, it will be interesting to watch in the end. So, of course I find the opinion of the audience important.
During the creation I often invite people to see where I’m at in my process. Process is equally important to me to the product. But that’s something the audience might not care about, it’s for my own benefice.

Do you read critics about your works? What kind of critic do you need?
I do, all of them if I can. All of them interest me.

Do you criticize other’s works? Do you write about it?
If I’m asked to give criticism, I do it. Otherwise I dont make a point of writing about other’s work.

Are you open for a round table discussion with the audience after a premier or after your show?
Absolutely, right after I cought my breath))

Here you find some words, could you put them in sentences which could be kind of ars poetic of you!
I’d rather not. Out of lazyness, but also because I don’t think everything should be written down and named.

Do you have any question?
I might, once I face the audience after the show.

Gábor's performance (with József Trefeli) takes place on 19th September in MU Theatre.

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