Monday, September 1, 2014

Questionnaire with participant Tereza Ondrova from VerTeDance_CZ

Have you been (when) to Budapest - Hungary with your pieces and artistic works earlier?
No, unfortunately we have not been in Budapest with our project. But few years ago we were working in Budapest, on an international project, with a Hungarian choreographer Putto (Juhos István).

What do you know about Hungary and what kind of information do you have about our dance life?
I have met several dancers from Hungary, but most of them working abroad, so to be honest, unfortunately, I do not have very clear picture of actual dance scene in Hungary, about its trends. But I have to mention that at the last Aerowaves festival I saw a great piece of Hód Adrienn and it was really amazing and touching experience for me. As for Hungarian history, of course I know at least basics what everybody gets here in schools.

Could you share with us if you have any idols in theater/dance life?
I would say that “idol” is a bit strong word, but of course I see many people who are inspiriting for me and worth to follow. Not only dancers, but also actors, musicians, directors (Tilda Swinton, Buster Keaton...). These examples came to my mind, but of course there are several others and each of them has something unique and special.

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?
We are coming with our piece called Simulante Bande. This piece is different from our previous works in one very important point: for the first time we were working with handicap people. It means we had to look for new kind of movement and gestures; we had to find new possibilities of expression and apt ways of body communication between handicap dancers and professional dancers. This work opened new world for us and influenced us not only as choreographers

Do you have your artistic statement, could you share with us?
My artistic statement is quite simple: simplicity, sincereness, radicality.

Do you have any hobby besides working as a performer or creator?
I like walking in the mountains, skiing, riding the bike. These are activities in which I can physically reach my limits, what causes the state of an indescribable euphoria. Of course, I like rest as well, in cinema, with friends, in some pubs of Prague.

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!
Simply put, my artistic way has shifted from an abstract and aesthetic dance to the theatrical expression. This shift has its effect on thematic level of our work as well, so I am not speaking about only dance and movement techniques. We look more and more for themes which are current and connected with social problems in our society

How did your summer time go? Did you get any new inspirations? Do you have a best experience during this summer?
Well, not the best experience, but the first in my life and I hope it was the last. On the way for holiday, we had a car crash with my nearest family. Hopefully nobody was injured. It gave me important experience about myself, how I react in critical situations. The strangest about this was that I had an anticipated vision of the situation.

Does it mean any differences to play your pieces in different countries? If so, could you please tell us in what sense?
It is very interesting to see different reactions for specific theme, genre, humor, which could be once more local, another time more universal. Reactions of audiences are what make performances different in abroad.

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?
It means to share, to give an experience, to get a feedback if it works or not, to feel free, to move somewhere. I am open for every kind of feedback, if it is not aggressive. I am also open for discussion.

Do you read critics about your works? What kind of critic do you need?
This question is closely connected with the previous one. Yes, I read critiques and I am open to it as long as it is constructive. If so, it is useful and can enrich me, help my future development.

Do you criticize other’s works? Do you write about it?
Not yet, but it interests me a lot how to read dance performances and how to find specific language to describe it.

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

Here you find some words, could you put them in sentences which could be kind of ars poetic of yours!
Face of my community is getting closer to popular sense of nation. We share the way, how to perform quality of hug. We exchange organic food with religion. And now everything is filled in!

Do you have any question?
No, I am just very curious and looking forward to be in Budapest!

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