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Four Heads – Andrej Petrovič / Štúdio tanca Theatre

Graduated in dance from Ján Levoslav Bella Conservatory in Banská Bystrica, and in classical dance pedagogy from the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. After graduation from the conservatory, Petrovič became a member of the professional Dance Studio Theatre in Banská Bystrica, where he cooperated with Zuzana Hájková.

After he left for Bratislava, he became one of the founders of the professional dance group Dajv, led by Marta Poláková. His artistic orientation was mostly influenced by dancers, choreographers and pedagogues Russell Maliphant, Julyen Hamilton, Martin Kilvády, Marta Poláková, Chrysa Parkinson, Jaro Viňarský, Giorgio Barberio Corsetti and Viliam Dočolomanský.

After his departure from Slovakia, he worked in such companies as Editta Braun Company (Salzburg), Fatou Traore (Brussels), Giorgio Barberio Corsetti (Rome), Fatore Kappa Physical Theatre (Rome), Jean Abreu Dance Company (London). Besides dance, he is also very much interested in film. He is the co-author and choreographer of the dance movie The Day, made in 2004 in collaboration with choreographer Juraj Korec and director Jozef Vlk.

Since 2007, he has been a member of the prestigious international ensemble Akram Khan Company (London), where he is a prominent dancer as well as an assistant choreographer to Akram Khan. It was with Khan that he collaborated on the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Their latest mutual project is the production of a modern interpretation of the classical ballet title Giselle for the English National Ballet in London.

In the recent years, Andrej Petrovič has been creating his own art as well. His original projects include such productions as The Tempest (Slovak National Theatre Bratislava 2014), Fifth (Kecskemét City Ballet Budapest 2014), Rashomon Effect (National Youth Dance Company –  Sadler’s Wells Theatre London 2014), or L/One of the Seven (Ponec Theatre Prague 2016) – the first solo of a cycle about lust, created for Martina Hajdyla Lacová, and nominated for the 2016 Thalia Award. At present, he is working on another solo of the series, P/One of the Seven, interpreting the theme of pride.

 

Description of his work:

Andrej Petrovič’s work is characterized by an intersection between his experience with big international projects and the specific features of the conditions for artistic creation in Slovakia. This intersection results in thorough work with stylization of all participating aspects, well-balanced proportions of expression and perfectionism that crystallizes the dance movement and makes it perfect. Even in Petrovič’s most austere execution of symbolism, it becomes a potent bank for explosive imagination. In his productions, fantasy-like context is not only compelling, but it also addresses profound and often hidden corners of the given theme. They endow his dances with the excitement resulting from the discovery of unexpected context. Andrej Petrovič ingeniously and minimalistically works with the detail of the stage space. He uses the detail to mark the map of the stage. Whether it is a chair, a deer’s antlers or a table, the author always sets an extraordinary point whose seeming inadequacy clarifies the absurdity of the gradating plot.

 

Four Heads

The production is part of the three-part project titled 3x20 by the Dance Studio Theatre in Banská Bystrica. It includes the productions Tibor Trulík’s Right Angle, Andrej Petrovič’s Four Heads, and Lukáš Homola’s e(x).

In the production, Andrej Petrovič develops movement correlations that are immersed into abstract, visually composed images. Four dancers become seekers of all kinds of sources of pleasure and delights that bring them satisfaction and create an illusion of freedom. They are parodied into hellish punishment – this reveals the absurdity of a world in which heaven and hell are located in one time and space – Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights.

The dancers in the space move with the elegance of feline beasts – but as soon as they are at an arm’s length from the offered delights, the elegance turns into ferocious and vulgar greediness. The minimalist visual concept affects the spatial division of the movement structures. The dancers physically intersect in an area of the stage that is proportionate to the golden ratio and is a kind of moving still life. In this place, the tension between the performers accumulates. Owing to the inability to be saturated by beauty, it is deformed and turned into a caricature.

 

Premiere: 20–21 April 2018, Dance Studio Theatre
Choreography: Andrej Petrovič
Interpretation: Tibor Trulik, Lenka Rajchmanová, Luca Tomao, Isabel Paladin
Music: Marcel Bárta
Music collaboration: Viliam Dočolomanský

 

Trailer to the production can be found at this link.
Author: Dance Studio Theatre


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