Mainly Love – Tomáš Danielis / Freyman

Tomáš Danielis graduated from Ján Levoslav Bella Conservatory in Banská Bystrica, and completed his master’s study at the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava.

His most outstanding productions include the light art-video-dance performance Landscapes (2011), the emotionally strong production Locus (2016), and the exceptionally clean dance project Suites (2016) that has been praised for its original approach to creating a composition from movement material inspired by the music of J. S. Bach.

Tomáš Danielis performed and created art as part of such projects as Frey Faust’s Ardent Body Communication, Felix Ruckert’s Cie.,Willy Dorner’s Cie., Freyer Ensemble, Granhøj Dance, among others.

In addition to his choreographic work, Danielis has also been developing a system of training of dance technique and improvisation. So far, he has led workshops at the Raffinerie and Dasncetrum Jette (Brussels), TQW (Vienna), Tanzhaus NRW (Düsseldorf), Hot Summer (Kyoto), Dansehallerne (Copenhagen), CODARTS (Rotterdam), and others. He worked as an assistant to David Zambrano and Frey Faust (1998–2004), and was also artistic director of the Internationale Bühnenwerkstatt Tanztheater Festival (Graz, 2011–2013). Since 2013, he has headed the IG Tanz Steiermark. In 2016–2017, he worked as the main dance master in the Ballet Moscow dance ensemble. In 2017, Danielis established a group of artists – dancers, performers, visual artist and musicians – called FEYNMen.


Description of his work:

Tomáš Danielis’s work has long focused on the interconnection of digital visual art, dance and movement. He is known for creating specific and innovative movement expression style for each of his projects. In doing so, he uses a broad spectrum of dance movement – from classical dance elements, folklore motifs, through contemporary dance techniques, mainstream dance expressions, all the way to civilized elements of movement theatre. His work is characteristic for movement expressivity of high intensity, outstanding intellectual concept and uncompromising dramaturgical stylization. By accumulating individual staging elements, he cleverly creates suspense, which he then thematically dispenses to the audience.


Mainly Love

The production Mainly Love makes use of the principles of documentary theatre and employs interactive connection of movement and digital media.

Its content and context transgresses the meta portrait of an autocratic personality defined in moving digital visual environment – in excerpts of interviews with five sexually abused women and one predator. By doing this, the author starts a discussion, thoroughly avoiding simplification or any generalizing approach ensuing from the emancipatory tension between the genders. As means of expression, he chooses a  rich spectrum of interactive transmedia and purely movement-based modes. The dancing range comprises a mixture of distinctive movement figures, classical dance techniques, lascivious mainstream dance aesthetics and acrobatic performance expressions. The dance sequences alternate with poems and documentary testimonies.

In spite of a strong pro-feminist theme, the production transgresses gender borders. Danielis explores the positions of the sexes, the relationship between sexuality and power, as well as the consequences of such interactions. Sudden cuts between images and a compelling musical structure heighten the tension in the performer’s expressive movements. Photo sensors blur the lines of the impulse source between the dancer and the video projection, escalating the already urgent message. In this suspenseful state, the depravity of power aggression is exposed. The translation of a heart-rending social issue into a dance language reveals the mimicry of predators. The author searches for mechanisms that allow the toleration of smaller or bigger autocrats, and the subsequent justification of their violence.


Premiere: 14 December 2016, Garden – Centre for Independent Culture
Choreography/performance: Tomáš Danielis
Music: Lubomir Drakh Panak
Verses: Zuzana Husárová
Light design: Milan Slama / Tomáš Danielis
Visual environment: Tomáš Danielis
Photo sensors: Jakub Píšek
Production: FEYNMen


Trailer to the production can be found at this link.
Author: Photo archive of the author

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