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) –

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