Sunday, August 11, 2019

Zoltán Grecsó / Willany Leó – 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 Zoltán Grecsó / Artistic leader of Willany Leó
– This year Willany Leó is the guest of L1danceFest. How is it to be 10 years old with your initiation Willany Leó?
– Actually this summer we turned 11 years old. The most incredible thing about the fact that an initiative has been in existence for ten years is that whatever obstacles have been in its way till now, they were successfully removed and it still exists. There are so many aspects to this. Especially nowadays where you cannot answer it in merely two sentences. There is a joke about a reporter asking a similar question to yours. But the only answer he got is "Good…". Naively he would try again by asking if he could get a more in-depth answer. The only answer is "Not good…".  
Photo: Péter Vas
 – You have a permanent location, where recently you play on a weekly basis with young, mainly institutionally trained dancers. How is it going?
– Institutionally trained dancers behave in the same way as people in general. In any community it is key to build a group dynamic at the beginning of a work. Interfering traits that might disturb such a dynamic can stem from anyone, independent of an institutional background or not. If a team, a company is cohesive people in it can help and complement each other's development and knowledge. This is the most important experience of the last ten years. 
– How do you experience the process of dancers staying for a while, then progressing with their own professional career, resulting in them moving on?
– There’s that saying that "Everyone is replaceable". Willany Leó is a wonderful initiative because it has proved this wrong. We collapse as a house of cards when someone moves west for "something". It is an unimaginably complex job to fill in their place within the team, even more specifically, their special position within the performances. 
Photo: Péter Vas
– How are you preparing for the collaboration with L1 Association for the first time? What do you know about the work of the association?
– I started dancing under the direction of Gyula Berger, seventeen years ago. Every day, if I may say so, I could work as a creator of L1. It was thanks to this that I learned about the existence of the Anton Bruckner Private University Linz and that I was able to get admission there. Ákos Hargitay was my Contact Improvisation Teacher for four years at the university. I think this list clearly shows how important the association is in my life. That the talents who – to say it in your words – may not have come from institutionalized dance education, can get an opportunity. If I think about these past events, I don't even know how to be truly grateful.
I carry on the philosophy of the association. Perhaps with this, most of all.
– Interview was made by Emese Kovács (L1 Association) –

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