Thursday, July 31, 2014

Questionnaire with participant Anna Biczók (H)

photo: Szabó Roland

Have you been (when) to Budapest - Hungary with your pieces and artistic works earlier?
I live and work mostly in Budapest.

What do you know about Hungary and what kind of information do you have about our dance life?
Hungary is a small angry country with very strong and vibrating dance scene that almost nobody knows about.

Could you share with us if you have any idols in theater/dance life?
I don’t have idols but I very much appreciated some recent works of IVO DIMCHEV and GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN, for example.

What kind of piece will you bring to L1danceFest and does this piece mean any differences or similarities to your earlier works? Where did you perform it already?
I think it will bring differences as we work a lot with making sounds, we will be singing and showing different performative aspects... less with movement research now. But there’s a similarity in the attempt to find actual personal involvements that can resonate with our audience and also I guess there’s a similarity in the way I usually work with body and movement. 

Do you have your artistic statement, could you share with us?
Nothing’s gonna change my world.

Do you have any hobby besides working as a performer or creator?
All is connected to being a creator, but let’s say, it’s yoga, music, and living in different apartments all the time...let’s call it a hobby

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 am coming from the basic local contemporary dance institution called Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy, a place with lots of diversity but with a very strong community, with a common artistic language, very much rooted in this nest… Some years after school, for me, it was more about finding different ways of collaborating and putting into different contexts what I’ve got... The direction where I go know is more about defining a base in my creative work, a language, a system that is different from where I come from. Coming from there, but not that much anymore.

How did your summer time go? Did you get any new inspirations? Do you have a best experience during this summer?
Mostly I was working on this project with my co-creators András Meszerics and Ádám Czitrom. I was also working on a collaboration with Laszló Fülöp (who also had a showing on last year’s festival) and with the German theatre group bigNotwendigkeit, we will have the premiere of this work in Sophiensaelle, Berlin in October. I was also completing my yoga teacher training. 
Best experience? Driving a car!

Does it mean any differences to play your pieces in different countries? If so, could you please tell us in what sense?
To play a piece doesn’t make much difference, although the circumstances are different all the time... But I think the biggest difference is not just about cultural diversities but also about how much an audience knows already about you and the kind of work you are involved in. And also about how opened they are to things they already know or to things that are very new to them... well, this leads back again to cultural particularities…

What does it mean to you to be in the process and to show the work to the audience? What kind of feedback are you open for?
To show the work at the first time is always a big step – to get out from your bubble and find out what you have actually done and how it can connect to people. I am very much opened to all feedbacks; I am interested in any thought, emotion, experience that is caused by my performance. I am also interested in if anything happened or being felt at the same time.. even if one is not able to connect it directly to the performance.

Do you read critics about your works? What kind of critic do you need?
Yes of course I do. I can appreciate if one can form personal impressions and opinions from an authentic point of view, if besides the cultural-artistic context he/she can connect to the piece. I believe that all critics give a mirror I can work with.

Do you criticize other’s works? Do you write about it?
I don’t write about works but I give feedbacks to my fellow artists as I know how important it is for us.

Are you open for a round table discussion with the audience after a premier or after your show?
Yes I am.

Here you find some words, could you put them in sentences which could be kind of ars poetic of yours!
COMMUNITY, GETTING CLOSER, EXCHANGE, FILLED IN, RELIGION, NATION, HOMAGE, HUG, PERFORM, POPULAR, ORGANIC FOOD, SENSE, QUALITY, SHARE, FACE
Organic food makes sense only if quality can get you closer to sharing your religion - as exchange means that community is in your face. Homage Á Hug

Do you have any question?
Do I have any answers?

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