Two dancers play one and the same character, at different times of his life. In youth and in old age, they move in different ways, express themselves differently. They have become unlike each other, as the march of time inevitably changes the individual. If we could journey back in time, would we change anything? Avoid the mistakes? And what would happen then?
The Czech audiovisual show GUIDE is an illumined panorama of life, where before and now merge, in order to summon the other “I”. Choreographer Vera Ondrašíkova will debut in Plovdiv for the 10th anniversary of ONE DANCE WEEK festival; with this award-winning dance spectacle.
The work is beautifully done, with pristine lighting effects and a magical precision of movement. – Laura Kumin, Director at Certamen Coreográfico de Madrid
I thought it was very interesting, I haven´t seen anything like it before, they were playing with my eyes, which I always enjoy, and it was very inventive. I personally like to see an old body on the stage and I think this body has a lot of embodied knowledge that is accessible to us almost immediately just by standing there. – Bush Hartshorn
Vera Ondrašikova graduated from Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Choreography) and Fine Arts. Her dancing career goes through common projects with Czech and international productions to reach the First Prize at Masdanza Festival in the Canary Islands, Spain in 2005.
Her performances have been presented at Tanec Praha Festival, the Biennale de la danse in Lyon, Aerowaves Festival in London, Aerodance in Amsterdam, Cynetart in Dresden and Masdanza in Spain. After spending 3 years in Dresden (2010-2013), Vera returned to her homeland in 2013. She choreographed Vaclav Havel’s Anticodes at the New Scene of The National Theatre in Prague. The show toured New York, Miami and Washington.
Vera has led workshops for many companies such Laterna Magica, Prague Chamber Ballet, Archa Theatre Lab and countless others in Germany, Spain, Mexico and UK (BeNext).
As a visual artist and dynamic light installations master, Dan Gregor founded Macula 3D mapping studio. While in charge of the company’s video production, Dan participated in mapping creations on Prague Clocktower, New Museum of Liverpool, Nuit Blanche Festival in Brussels, Skyway Festival in Torun, Poland, and others.
Dan was in charge of the visual effects in the Czech National Theatre’s play based on the experimental poetry by Vaclav Havel. In 2015, together with the Norwegian musician Biosphere, he founded the creative platform for audiovisual research INITI.org.
Audience Award – Czech Dance Platform, 2016
Light Design Award – Czech Dance Platform, 2016
Dancer of the Year Award for Jaro Ondruš – Czech Dance Platform, 2016
Duration: 40 minutes
Concept and choreography: Věra Ondrašíková
Light concept and interactivity: Dan Gregor
Live software programming: Michal Rydlo
Live Music: Filip Míšek
Performers: Jaro Ondruš, Miloslav Mejzlík/Josef Kotěšovský
Dramaturgy: Marta Ljubková
Voice: Robert Russell
Costumes: Hana Frišonsová
Production Manager: Lucie Špačková
Photos: ©Martin Šandera
With the support of: Tanec Praha / PONEC – dance venue, Ministry of Culture, The City of Prague, AV MEDIA, RPishop, Nethemba, DAMU.
The show will be presented in Plovdiv with the support of Czech Center in Sofia, Embassy of the Czech Republic in Sofia, Ministry of Culture Czech Republic.