Sunday, August 11, 2019

Réka Szűcs (H) – 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 Réka Szűcs
– What does it mean for you to join a returning exhibition structure? 
What will you do this year at L1danceFest?
– There are some stable points in my creative work that I come back to regularly. 
One of them is to work with choreographer / dance artist Tamás Bakó on 
Broken Projects since 2015. In the same year, artist Zsolt Koroknai 
for the first time invited me to the MAMŰ Gallery to give a presentation on 
dance film that I wrote my doctoral thesis about at SZFE, 
and since 2007 I have been dealing with as a creator, researcher and educator.
Photo: Roland Szabo
In 2016, the annual Body-Line group exhibition with the curatorship of Zsolt 
was launched as an accompanying event of L1danceFest at MAMŰ. 
It's good to come back to this space, this community, to show to 
the festival and gallery audience something from what I'm currently working on.
Body-Line is a playing field for me. As an experimental filmmaker, 
I make choreographic motion pictures that I previously thought 
to be received frontally in a cinema. 
In 2014, for the first time I participated in a group exhibition 
for the invitation of the artist Zoltán Szegedy-Maszák. It was revelative 
to look at my films as an installation and try out a whole new way of 
reception of them. Instead of the linearity, side-by-side emplacement, 
multi-channel editing, projecting onto textured surfaces or objects 
besides the traditional canvas or screen has opened up completely new ways for me.
This year, the dance theorist André Lepecki's concept of "still act" will 
be the subject of my exhibited works. The term is used by Lepecki 
for contemporary dance choreographies to describe the moments 
when the subject stops the flow of history and uses the practice of asking. 
In one of the installations, called nodance, I myself will appear. 
I speak about my relationship to the 'performing body', 'dance', 
'movement' and 'presence' as my own experience.
– What kind of new works are you currently working on 
besides that being presented at L1danceFest?
– In the framework of Broken Projects, we are about to start a new research with 
Tamás Bakó and other collaborators, exploring the choreographic, (motion) picture possibilities 
of the „still act”.
It's been a while now that there are two places in my life where I 
return to physically and mentally: Mexico and Iceland. Both are 
bound by co-workers and collaborating partners. A cooperation with the 
choreographer Hrafnhildur Einarsdóttir, a two-channeled installation of 
Naked Eye was shown for the first time in 2017 at the Body-Line Exhibition. 
And I am just looking for the editor of the El signo de la mariposa 
project filmed with Laura Vera Esperanza in 2018.
– Do you usually go to see other shows at L1danceFest? What is 
your experience with them?
– I have known L1 Association for a long time. Since 2004 I have 
been watching and following its operation. Many of the founding
members influenced me and shaped my thinking of contemporary dance.
The collaboration of Réka Szabó and Krisztián Peer just started, 
and I was fascinated by the solo works of Márta Ladjánszki. 
Later, with Gyula Berger we were colleagues in a French project
in South Africa. The structure and functioning of L1 have changed since then. 
However, the festival continues to provide an inspirational environment
that any artist dealing with the body, choreography, or an 
open-minded person who is open for dance needs elementally.
Each time I visit an event, I feel like I'm abroad – professionalism, 
freshness and coolness at the same time. I get a "mix" of programs
of different directions, tastes, and qualities, without any big swag. 
You rarely experience something like this.
– Interview was made by Emese Kovács (L1 Association) –

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