Sunday, August 11, 2019

Eva Urbanová (SK) – Interview with our guests at L1danceFest 2019

L1danceFest 2019
Movement-based International Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts
18th annual edition organized by L1 Association in Budapest

Interview with Eva Urbanová
Photo: Lukáš Záhorák
– Do you have any memory associated with Budapest, have you ever visited us?
– I have visited Budapest a few times. The first time was actually for a world championship in rhythmic gymnastics when I was 10 years old. After that few times I have been there as a tourist. Budapest is a very beautiful city and I hope that during the festival I will have a chance to discover it deeper than previous times. 
 What do you know about the Hungarian dance scene? Do you know any Hungarian dancers?
– Hungarian dance artists that I am familiar with are Csaba Molnár. I had a chance to watch the performances of him and Marcio Canabarro and to take a workshop of them in Prague last year. 
Two years ago, when I was doing a summer student residency program in studio Alta in Prague, I had a chance to meet Márta Ladjánszki, who was also my coach for my solo project there. It was very nice to meet Márta again this year at the Nu Dance Fest in Bratislava where she could finally see the final product of my solo on which I was working since the residency in Prague. I am also very excited to be invited by her to the L1danceFest. 
This November I will work on a short creation with the Central European Dance Theatre in Budapest. My choreography will be presented as a part of the Young Choreographer‘s Platform evening. I do really appreciate this chance and I am looking forward to creating more connection with the Hungarian dance scene also this way.
Photo: Petr Kiška

– What can we know about the process of creation in your performance you bring to L1danceFest?
– At the moment I am working on my new choreography which will have the premier in September in Prague. I want to share with the Hungarian audience some of the material of this new creation. My intention is to present a wide range of female features, which are still often overlooked even today. I want to work with muscle tension and physical intensity, but also with gentle and delicate movements. The choreography partly draws from the mythological story of Lilith, who was Adam's first wife. God created Lilith from the same material and at the same time as he created Adam. Lilith has recently begun to represent the freedom of feminist women who no longer want to be  “everybody's darlings”. 
– I saw that you have worked with Japanese artists and you even speak Japenese. Does this have an effect on your creational work? 
– I also lived one year in Japan as an exchange student during my high school studies. I believe that this experience affected my life in all aspects, which means also in the artistic one. I did really enjoy working with Yukio Suzuki. It was my first professional project as a contemporary dancer. Until now I did not have an urge to create something about my experience in Japan, but who knows? Maybe one day. In the future, I would like to visit Japan with my own choreographies and share it with the people there.
– You work also as a dancer, performer and as a choreographer. How do you see yourself in the upcoming few years, dancing in other’s work or rather creating your own?
– I would like to do both. My dream is to be sixty years old and still dance in somebody else’s work and also create my own at the same time. Before, I was struggling, and I had this question in my head a lot. I thought I had to decide to go one or the other direction. But now I am sure I do not have to.
– What is your impression about the Czech dance scene nowadays? What kind of possibilities you have as a young choreographer, dancer there?
– I think there are a lot of people who are creating a very interesting scene and I am glad that I could grow up there as an artist. As a young choreographer you have plenty of opportunities. You just have to be hard working and always be alert in case there is an opportunity.
– Interview was made by Emese Kovács (L1 Association) –

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