Sunday, August 11, 2019

Roland Szabo (SK/CZ/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 Roland Szabo 
Photo: Blanka Rákos
– How did the idea of ​​working with István Kovács (L1-member) come up, and what was it like to work with him?
– For the first time I saw a performance of István at the L1danceFest in 2017. He seemed to be very spectacular and I was fascinated by the way he used the whole space to work with special elements. Then immediately after the performance I went to him and we said to him how good it would be to create a video / movie about this, and István immediately said yes.
Later, at the L1danceFest in 2018, I photographed another performance of István. Then it was almost certain that it would have to be filmed.
After a while I wrote a short "script" what we developed technically after István's approval, so only the shooting left. I really liked István's openness, patience and kindness, because we rewrote the script several times during the shooting. In fact, a few weeks after filming we reshot some scenes. This required new technical preparation and energy.
– What kind of tools did you use in your collaborative work and how did they interact?
– Perhaps I could describe the movie in a few sentences: In human life an object, a tree branch or anything can be so inspiring that it begins a process that eventually turns human imagination into art.
Photo: István Kovács
 – It is not your first time at L1danceFest, in the beginning you both were outsiders, but now you are L1 members with István. How do you see the festival, what do you find attractive about it and what it is like to be a member of L1 Association?
– In L1 Association I find it important that it tries to connect people. We learn from each other not only at a professional level, but also in heart and soul, what also appears on stage during the festival.
– Interview was made by Emese Kovács (L1 Association) –

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