The performance takes place as part of the Czech Dance Platform festival.
Two women, dancers, both same age, are said to have a remarkable physical resemblance. At first, they have no idea about each other, they just heard that everyone has a double somewhere. Is it possible to find answers through another person? What makes us identify with others and ourselves?
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Ondrová and Foscarini on a journey between a documentary and an intimate statement, one's own body and personal experience. In their work, they touch on a topics, such as the female psyche, loneliness, vulnerability, acceptance of the state in which the arts finds itself. Even though they don't know each other, can they share a bond that transcends geography?
In 2020, a Czech-Italian dance project was created - a duet by Tereza Ondrová and Francesca Foscarini. Due to the worldwide pandemic, rehearsals are at first postponed, then moved, then done remotely - via the platform Zoom. The first public show was scheduled for the 8th of December that year. A live audience is not possible, so the creators decided to adapt the rehearsal process into a video essay. Subsequently, rehearsals continue. Constant attempts at new ways to survive, adaptations of an adaptation. On the way between a documentary and an intimate statement, one's own body and personal experience.
Thanks to the Czech Dance Platform 2016 award, which was given by Roberto Casarotto (director of dance projects Centro per la Scena Contemporanea di Bassano del Grappa and Operaestate Festival Veneto) for her performance in the production AS LONG AS HOLDING HANDS, Tereza Ondrová was able to attend a choreographic research in Bassano del Grappa. This opened a new world for her, where she met with leading personalities of the young Italian dance generation. The artists began to fascinate her mainly with their own studio, their work and their local community, with the local space of the museum, but also with their excellent technique, emotional impact and strong stage presence. After repeated meetings with artists such as Alessandro Sciarroni, Daniele Ninarello, Silvia Gribaudi and Francesca Foscarini, she decided to address two strong female personalities of the contemporary Italian scene to collaborate (Silvia Gribaudi and Francesca Foscarini).
Dancer, choreographer, teacher
Studied Dance Pedagogy at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. In 2004 she co-founded the dance company VerTeDance where she created more than 25 pieces. Since 2012 she has been cooperating with Peter Šavel. Together they created the duet Boys who like to play with dolls, which was awarded the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award (2015), Dance Piece of the Year and Dancers of the Year 2014 in the Czech Republic, nominated by Total Theatre Award Nomination and selected for Priority Companies List 2014 by Aerowaves, and As long as holding hands (2015). Since 2016 she has been working with a director Petra Tejnorová (You are here, 2016; Nothing Sad, 2017; LETS’S DANCE!, 2017; Hello, Is Anyone Out There?, 2017; SAME SAME, 2018]. As a dancer and interpreter she collaborated with choreographers such as Charlotta Öfverholm, Karine Ponties, David Zambrano, Anton Ľahký. She is also a teacher. Teaches at Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and movement courses for actors of the National Theatre in Prague.
Autor | Author: Tereza Ondrová
Performeři | Performers: Tereza Ondrová, Francesca Foscarini
Dramaturgický poradce | Dramaturgical Advisor: Monica Gillette
Režijní spolupráce | Directorial cooperation: Petra Tejnorová
Světelný design | Light design: Katarina Morávek Ďuricová
Zvukový design | Sound design: Jan Čtvrtník
Překlad | Translation: Marta Ljubková
Producent | Produced by: Daniela Řeháková / Temporary Collective
Koprodukce | Co-production: Tanec Praha z.ú./Festival TANEC PRAHA
Foto | Photo:
Za podpory | Supported by: Ministerstvo kultury České republiky | Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Státní fond kultury | State Cultural Fund of the Czech Republic Hlavní město Praha | City of Prague, Studio ALTA
Premiéra | Premiere: 22. 6. 2021, PONEC – dance venue / TANEC PRAHA Festival