Sunday, December 15, 2019

Feedback of Lilach Orenstein (IL) 2019

Residency at L1danceFest 2019 – Feedback
– What was your experience concerning your stay in Budapest. How did it help or not your research/residency?
– Budapest’s great views are a source of ever ending inspiration. Seeing the natural scenery and unique stunning views motivates you as an artist to create breathtaking experiences and moments such as what the city landscape has to offer.
In addition, from my interactions, the local artists: Varga Zsolt, Kovács István, Kovács Emese and Jójárt Barbara, are some of the best I have ever encountered. The open-mindedness and perspective gave me a lot of thought material and enriched my creative process. Being able to hear their views about the topics I am researching was enlightening and refreshing. As I am researching a subject which is common worldwide, the society’s projection of sexuality on the female body, being able to collaborate with local Budapest artists, gave me the opportunity to see how they interact and react with the utmost respect and thoughtfulness I could ever imagine to this delicate subject. They have been one of the most progressive groups I worked with.

photo: Roland Szabo

– Do you have any feedback on the location you could work; partners in work (movers, thinkers, any other participants, me); process of communication with us organizers and/or what did you miss if there was anything?
– When I think back about the residency time, I still recall the sweet memory of coming into the working space. The person at the front desk would greet me welcome with a smile, as he handed in the key, being followed by a question of how I am doing from the associates in the office. Those little precious moments, especially during a creative process, are critical and influential on any artist. The positive attitude given by the staff propagates through their action and enable you to start the day in the best way possible.
I believe in synergy and that collaborative art has an emergent property to it, such that the sum is equal to more than the individual parts. That is why collaborators are such an essential part of my research. The life experiences of the performers set a high level of discussion which affects the process of development of the creation. One particular example I remember is while explaining my ideas to my performers, Emese and Barbara were thrilled and questioned me more into how the current discussion topic came to be, what’s it’s background and history. The genuine interest in how the work materiel came to be, helped me further tune the materials to the performers as their honesty enabled me to adjust it to them.

photo: Márta Ladjánszki

This residency, I was engaging in a particularly complicated project. In fact, it is the most difficult one I have attempted so far. The ability of L1 Association, and Ladjánszki Márta, in particular, to make feel so smooth and fun were phenomenal and exceeded any expectations I had. First her guidance throughout the research process, helping me to figure the best way to choose collaborators from  a distance, going over the open call and materials I submitted, publishing and marketing to the community, helping with finding funds to mitigate the costs of stay and materials, taking care of airport pickup and guiding me through the city, making sure I have everything I needed and personal warmth and attention any artist needs in order to be able to focus on their work are only to name a few of the way she assisted the artists, including me.
Before I moved to NYC I worked in Machol Shalem Dance House in Israel and from time to time I would produce dance events and go to festivals abroad.
I can say that I have never experienced the care and availability I received in this residency anywhere else.
– Do you have any recommendation for us how to work next time in such a case?
– I wish all the artists to have such pleasant support and stay as I had. I hope the L1 association will keep the high level of care they are projecting.
I would especially recommend to keep the thinking partner role for any creative process and residencies that come in.
Working alongside Ladjánszki Márta as my thinking partner helped me to question my core values and explore new ways of looking. I felt that she created a safe place for creativity which allowed me to visit places in myself that I didn’t have the courage and the strength to expose and Now I do!

photo: Roland Szabo
– What about the presentation of yours, (official and unofficial)
– The discussion after the performances are an excellent tool to provide a pathway to understanding about the participants’ experience. The feedback such conversation provides is valuable, as an artist, to test your hypothesis and update and polish the necessary unrefined parts of the performance.
I believe that having the moderator's questions in advanced could be even more valuable. In my case, I was not able to give the full time and focus to think and dive deep into them in the short time we had, and in addition, it takes longer to articulate your thoughts in a language that is not native to you. Being able to have major topics or opening questions to the discussion could both set the minds of all participants to an even more beneficial discussion and give an opportunity to better engage others with your own ideas and thoughts in a simple, clear way.
– Do you have any thoughts about L1danceFest as officially this was also kind of part of your residency?
– To take part in the diverse international festival exposed me to a variety of art-making styles and opened my horizons to different kinds of esthetics. It served as a great platform for meeting people from the world. The experience of being exposed to others’ art throughout the festival pushes your creativity to imagine which ways your own art can grow. It drives you forward to complete and expand on your regular material sources and enables you to open discussion with fellow artists which helps articulate and refine your thoughts, movements and message.
Lilach Orenstein (IL, 2019)

Monday, August 12, 2019

Registrations' online links are here for 2019!

Preliminary registration is required for the workshops.
Add bele magad! conference series 2019: LINK;
• Vogue and contemporary dance workshops: LINK

The organizer reserves the right to make changes to the program.

photo: Roland Szabo – L1danceFest 2018

PROGRAM_L1danceFest 2019

L1danceFest 2019 – program
August 31. saturday
Monor Egy Falu – Egy Város Egyesület Háza
16.00 – 19.00 Tune in – garden party
Syporca WHANDAL (H) D O X A S M A performance

September 1. sunday
Műhely Alapítvány – Jurányi Ház – 200-as terem
10.30 – 12.30 WORKSHOP 
16.00 Lilach ORENSTEIN (IL) She Will Come on Her Own  
studio presentation

RS9+ Vallai Kert
19.00 István KOVÁCS (H) & Roland SZABO (SK/H/CZ) 
Portrait movie premier and live performance

September 2. monday
Bakelit M.A.C.
10.00 – 17.00 WORKSHOP 
Tomáš MORÁVEK (CZ) & Katarina ĎURICOVÁ (SK) 
In the frame of Add bele magad! conference/workshop series

MAMŰ Galéria
Curator: KOROKNAI Zsolt DLA
Réka Harsányi & Dóra Ida Szűcs (H) 
Helén Sára Horváth (H) 
Zsolt Koroknai DLA & Márta Ladjánszki (H) 
& Noémi Anna Kovács (H) 
Réka Szűcs (H)
Can be seen until September 4. 14.00 – 18.00.

CEU Auditórium A
19.30 ”Everybody is performing who is visible in the dark!” 
a joint improvisational performance by  
Willany Leó and the L1Association.

szeptember 3. kedd
Magyar Táncművészeti Egyetem (Amerikai úti épülete)
10.30 – 12.00 WORKSHOP in VOGUING led by 
Fredrik QUIÑONES – House of Xtravaganza (SE)

Bakelit M.A.C.
18.30 EXHIBITION by Syporca WHANDAL (H)  
Pataphysics – L1 portrait series 
Can be seen on September 3–4.
Opening performace by tgNoise & s.WHANDAL (H) 
Imagination of a Future Angel

19.00 showcase program:
„Pesti Est presents": Márta LADJÁNSZKI (H) 
25/45 – with naked audience
Saskia RUDAT (D) brainjogging
Flóra VERES/TalkingBodies (H) One in one (work in progress)

szeptember 4. szerda
Magyar Táncművészeti Egyetem (Amerikai úti épülete)
10.30 – 12.00 WORKSHOP in VOGUING led by 
Fredrik QUIÑONES – House of Xtravaganza (SE)

Szlovák Intézet Budapest
18.00 Eva URBANOVÁ (SK) solo performance

Bakelit M.A.C.
20.00 showcase program:
Taneli TÖRMÄ/LOCATION X (FIN) Distortion

After each performance everybody is kindly invited 
to participate at the open discussions of Talking through V4+.

As accompanying event Agnès BENOIT/Books on the Move
is guest of the festival.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Márta Ladjánszki (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 Márta Ladjánszki 
Photo: Roland Szabo
– You are the main organizer of L1danceFest and in 2019 the 18th festival will take place. Is the structure of the festival changing this year?
– This was not always the case. L1danceFest (formerly known as L1 Festival, then L1 Contemporary Dance Festival) was intended to present the works of the members of the Association, with only one or two guests from abroad. Then we took part in a successful international collaboration called Development of New Art (DNA), which intensified not only our work but also the number of foreign performances. Fortunately, Hungarian cultural institutions and embassies have acknowledged our work to create an international platform and have supported our performers from different countries in a variety of ways.
The fact is that not only domestic financial support has declined lately, but the support of the scene as well, which is measured by the fact that it is very difficult to find co-operative venues. The whole picture also includes the loss of L1danceLab, which accommodated the activity of L1-members, and anyone else could join us in the free capacity. As of 2011 there is no longer a permanent location for the L1 Association, we had to develop an alternative way of exissting that is still ongoing.
As the organizational work is done by L1-artists voluntary based, we are happy every year when our audience confirms that it is worth doing it.
– How and from what aspects did you choose the festival performers this year?
– The most important aspect is to introduce artists who otherwise would not get to Hungary, they are not in the existing network system, and it is also very important to see their performance live and talk to them in person before the invitation. We are trying to keep the artists here for the duration of the whole festival so that they can interact with each other and with the audience. I like being able to show a creator who is groundbreaking in his/her field and who, while having a strong creative world view, is curious about others. Sometimes I make a wrong choice, a "transit" artist slides in, but every year I learn something new about people, artists :-)
– What do you think how does the festival fit into the Hungarian dance scene? Do you see any positive changes, new colors, forces in the Hungarian dance scene lately?
– I try to see performances from as many dance genres as possible, so I have an insight into almost everything. But often, the thoughtless, template-based, even half-done works make me tired. This tendency has already established itself in the so-called young generation, which is sad and surprising.
Photo: Géza Lennert
– As a creator, you will once again be featured in a special show with naked viewers that you have been experimenting with for a few years now. What new experiences do these performances give to you and what feedback do you get?
– In 2018 we debuted the so-called "Dance Performances with Naked Spectators" with a series of performances where not only the performers but also the audience is naked. Bakelit Multi Art Center proved to be a reliable venue and we did three shows last year, this year three more. So far each was my creative work, but I'm looking for artists and performers who want to gain real experience in this form. If art is no longer being artistic, let's get closer to each other in an unconventional way. We made a world premiere that could not have been created without the cooperation of the Virtual Club Association of Naturists (NaVKE).
We have found a new audience, a new community.
The piece I will show at L1danceFest is one of my retrospective performances, presented at the end of March under the title 25/45. It is a solo performance in that which I put together some of my previous works. It was a challenge, one hand to adapt my old movement materials on my new body; but also that I'm completely naked in scenes where I originally wore a costume.
– Interview was made by Emese Kovács (L1 Association) –

Saskia Rudat (D) – 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 Saskia Rudat 
– Do you have any experience with Budapest or Hungary? Do you know any Hungarian dancers? What comes into your mind?
– I think I don’t know any Hungarian dancers yet. In Summer 2014 though, I went on a hitchhiking trip to Belgrade with my best friend (and work partner nowadays). On a fuel station somewhere near Vienna, we met a Hungarian girl living in Budapest who was on the way to the south, I think. We told her that we wanted to pass through Budapest, and she gave us her address and told us that we could stay at her flat when we get there. So, when we arrived in Budapest, we rang the doorbell and these lovely students hosted us so kindly in their shared student flat. They even cooked for us. They had also picked up some French boy who was camping in the park. We ended up walking through Budapest with the French boy and a Hungarian student who showed us the city for two days. It is a very nice memory. I should look up their contacts in our travel diary and buy them tickets for my show.
Photo: Marilyn de Polignac_Lucky Trimmer
– How was your solo performance, which you perform at L1danceFest born?
– I developed “brainjogging” in the second year of my studies in “physical theatre” for the exam in “Movement Composition”. At that time, I was burning to learn new movement styles. I had just started to dance; I was curious about how much my body could do and I was inspired by the many videos I had watched online. I told my mentor “I don’t know what I want to do. I have a million ideas and I just want to move.” He gave me this improvisation task: “As soon as you realize what you are doing, you have to do something else. You cannot repeat anything.” I started improvising and he let me run for 20 minutes. Then he said “You do have a million ideas. I think what you just did is what you should turn into a piece.” Then I thought about all the things I could and wanted to do and started to compose them together with contrast and rhythm. This was four years ago, and the piece is developing with me and my experience from performing it in different venues.
– I know you will be present throughout the whole festival, which will give you a better insight into our work. Do you have any expectations, how do you prepare for your trip, your piece?
– I have to admit, I try to go through life without any expectations and I like to throw myself into experiences without knowing what may come. But I am very curious about meeting the team, the colleagues, seeing their works, performing in another country, on a new stage. I love festivals, they are one of my favourite parts of my work life. For preparation, I usually go through the choreography of the version of the piece that I will perform. That means that go through all the images and situations that need to flush through my mind so quickly for a couple of times. Then I do it physically once or twice to remind the body. I pack my bag, print the plane tickets and voilà.
– Do you improvise in your performance?
– Yes and no. I always do some things using the actual and specific space I am performing in. Some spaces have curtains, stairs, walls, doors or other specialties so I work with what is there. That means, often, that I do things for the first time while performing. But most of the time I plan them before I go on stage instead of improvising in the moment. It happens though that I have an idea while I am going on, or make a mistake or something unplanned happens and then I leave the choreography and improvise. That is very exciting for being present and keeping it fresh because I must find my way back into the complex and fast choreography without anyone noticing that I even left it.
– To whom do you recommend your performance?
I think the piece can be enjoyable for everyone. I especially like when young people see it, because I think it’s a chance for a young audience to feel that theatre/dance/performances/art can also be funny (and serious) and entertaining without being shallow. I also think that people who think about pantomime as boring and dusty might have a chance to experience another nuance to the technique of mime.
– Interview was made by Emese Kovács (L1 Association) –

Ádám Márton Horváth (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 Ádám Márton Horváth
– You are involved in three performances at L1danceFest. In addition to the improvisation action with Willany Leó, you also work with Flóra Veres and István Kovács / Roland Szabo. How did you find each other with Flóra? What kind of musical contribution can we expect from you in this performance, will you play live?
– Flóra is working on an earlier solo, which was originally in silence, but now she gets a live music accompaniment. This is an exciting challenge for both of us, because I don't really play live. But the rehearsals so far have been promising, and we're getting ready for the show.
Photo: Roland Szabo
 – You also create music for experimental movies. What is the difference between composing for a movie or creating music for a dance performance? Which direction do you prefer in the work with István Kovács / Roland Szabo, and how much freedom did you get in your work?
– I approached István's performance from a noisy, bustling direction, and nowadays there are similar lines in my film music as well. The music is not ready yet, but in the performance linked to the screening I try to accompany the images of István and Roland with some discreet noise. István himself uses sounds, which are very impressive in themselves.
– What are your own running music projects now? What is it that inspires you and what are you musically planning to experiment with in the near future?
– Lately I've been putting my own projects on the air under the name Donau. I recently completed Musica Arthropoda, a small album inspired by Anna Erdei's drawn creatures, and musically I was interested in the noises of small creatures, space insects. The album can be listened to online and you can download it as well.
– Interview was made by Emese Kovács (L1 Association) –

Markéta Stránská (CZ) – 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 Markéta Stránská
– This is you first visit of L1danceFest, but in Budapest as well?
– Yes, it will be my first time both at the L1danceFest and in Budapest. I am very excited about this and very curious.
– I know you are coming with your musician for almost the entire festival. How do you prepare for the festival and do you have any expectations about it?
– For L1danceFest my preparation will be quite intensive since I will come straight from a one month long residency (Berlin) where I work on the piece I show in Budapest and a new project as well. We will also perform FLY! in Germany just one day before we arrive to L1danceFest. So I believe we all will be very well tuned in creation and performance mode.
Photo: Vojtěch Brtnický
– You participate with a special presence not only in the performances of your own but also of others. What is your background? When did dance step into your life, how did you arrive to the performing arts, dance and stage?
– Dance stepped into my life when I was 7 years old. I started to attend a folk dance group in my hometown. And when I moved to Prague in 2012 I started to attend contemporary dance classes, participated in a project of VerTeDance company in 2015. I made my choreography debut FLY! in 2018. At high school I also performed as a puppeteer or a clown doctor in regional hospitals. So I do have really various experiences on stage and with performing arts.
– How do you think about your own body?
– I think my body is incredible :-)
– What does it mean to you to dance with or without prothesis?
– For me dance is a very natural way to express myself and I know I will dance for all my life. Anyhow, anywhere, anytime…
– Interview was made by Emese Kovács (L1 Association) –

Flóra Veres (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 Flóra Veres 
Photo: Zsolt Hamarits
– As I know this work-in-progress presentation is a continuation of a previous work: now you add Ádám Márton Horváth (L1-member) to the project to design the soundscape further. How do you plan to work with him?
– With Ádám we intent to inspire each other, movement the sound, sound the movement vice-versa. For the final premier we want to create a complex experience that tells the story and the purpose that it is created for. Beside other materials, a solo performance from 2017 is a base for this new creation, but it is also willing to evolve further: I feel I need to touch it again, to work on it more, strengthen it, continue my story through the performance.
– You were also a winner of the Zoltán Imre Program and you had a premier this spring. Is there any lesson you learnt through the program or the working period that you can use in your upcoming next work?
– A lot! I gathered a lot as an independent artist through the long creation period, but also being part of a program was an experience: that I am not only "one" BUT part of a "big one". It is positive because protects me but also closes me into a box.  I try to focus more on the upsides of the program, that is also why I applied again. I learnt about myself that I like being independent and do everything by myself, though in a long term it serves me so well if I gather around me the right people. Luckily I found them during the last project so now I can start this new journey refilled by them.
Photo: SzabinaFarkas
– What is your relationship with live music and how do you develop a partnership?
– In a strange way I'm very attached to it. Just like to the "truth" and honesty on stage, what I feel is broken with just pushing on the play button. I am not saying that the sound coming from „outside” cannot be adequate and I reject it completely, but I cannot find the right relationship with it yet.
– What inspires you and where does the inspiration come from?
– It is changing, but mostly it is my life, my experiences, my feelings, that usually give rise to visions that I draw down, and these images continue to work in me. Besides this, reading experiences leave strong imprints in my work as well.
– It will be your first appearance at L1danceFest since you were a resident artist last year and you joined L1 Association this year. What does this membership mean to you, and how can it or the festival appearance itself help your work?
– As I came back to Hungary after living abroad for almost 5 years, I definitely wanted to belong to somewhere and I was planning to build my own freelance career as well. L1 Association offers exactly this kind of existence that I need(ed). Information sharing, paying attention to each other, support, and curiosity are present within the community, and being a part of it is simply good! Of course, I also get professional help, in many forms, such as appearing at the festival, which has been my wish for many, many years! To open a little slice of myself, to look into others, to connect, to talk, to see. This has been important to me both in the past and now.
– Interview was made by Emese Kovács (L1 Association) –