Thursday, July 31, 2014

Questionnaire with participant Anna Biczók (H)

photo: Szabó Roland

Have you been (when) to Budapest - Hungary with your pieces and artistic works earlier?
I live and work mostly in Budapest.

What do you know about Hungary and what kind of information do you have about our dance life?
Hungary is a small angry country with very strong and vibrating dance scene that almost nobody knows about.

Could you share with us if you have any idols in theater/dance life?
I don’t have idols but I very much appreciated some recent works of IVO DIMCHEV and GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN, for example.

What kind of piece will you bring to L1danceFest and does this piece mean any differences or similarities to your earlier works? Where did you perform it already?
I think it will bring differences as we work a lot with making sounds, we will be singing and showing different performative aspects... less with movement research now. But there’s a similarity in the attempt to find actual personal involvements that can resonate with our audience and also I guess there’s a similarity in the way I usually work with body and movement. 

Do you have your artistic statement, could you share with us?
Nothing’s gonna change my world.

Do you have any hobby besides working as a performer or creator?
All is connected to being a creator, but let’s say, it’s yoga, music, and living in different apartments all the time...let’s call it a hobby

Can you write some details about your artistic life - which direction did you come from and which direction do you go right now? Tell us some important steps from your background!
I am coming from the basic local contemporary dance institution called Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy, a place with lots of diversity but with a very strong community, with a common artistic language, very much rooted in this nest… Some years after school, for me, it was more about finding different ways of collaborating and putting into different contexts what I’ve got... The direction where I go know is more about defining a base in my creative work, a language, a system that is different from where I come from. Coming from there, but not that much anymore.

How did your summer time go? Did you get any new inspirations? Do you have a best experience during this summer?
Mostly I was working on this project with my co-creators András Meszerics and Ádám Czitrom. I was also working on a collaboration with Laszló Fülöp (who also had a showing on last year’s festival) and with the German theatre group bigNotwendigkeit, we will have the premiere of this work in Sophiensaelle, Berlin in October. I was also completing my yoga teacher training. 
Best experience? Driving a car!

Does it mean any differences to play your pieces in different countries? If so, could you please tell us in what sense?
To play a piece doesn’t make much difference, although the circumstances are different all the time... But I think the biggest difference is not just about cultural diversities but also about how much an audience knows already about you and the kind of work you are involved in. And also about how opened they are to things they already know or to things that are very new to them... well, this leads back again to cultural particularities…

What does it mean to you to be in the process and to show the work to the audience? What kind of feedback are you open for?
To show the work at the first time is always a big step – to get out from your bubble and find out what you have actually done and how it can connect to people. I am very much opened to all feedbacks; I am interested in any thought, emotion, experience that is caused by my performance. I am also interested in if anything happened or being felt at the same time.. even if one is not able to connect it directly to the performance.

Do you read critics about your works? What kind of critic do you need?
Yes of course I do. I can appreciate if one can form personal impressions and opinions from an authentic point of view, if besides the cultural-artistic context he/she can connect to the piece. I believe that all critics give a mirror I can work with.

Do you criticize other’s works? Do you write about it?
I don’t write about works but I give feedbacks to my fellow artists as I know how important it is for us.

Are you open for a round table discussion with the audience after a premier or after your show?
Yes I am.

Here you find some words, could you put them in sentences which could be kind of ars poetic of yours!
COMMUNITY, GETTING CLOSER, EXCHANGE, FILLED IN, RELIGION, NATION, HOMAGE, HUG, PERFORM, POPULAR, ORGANIC FOOD, SENSE, QUALITY, SHARE, FACE
Organic food makes sense only if quality can get you closer to sharing your religion - as exchange means that community is in your face. Homage Á Hug

Do you have any question?
Do I have any answers?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Questionnaire with participant Hillel Kogan (IL)



Have you been (when) to Budapest - Hungary with your pieces and artistic works earlier? 
No, never. It will be my first time in Hungary.

What do you know about Hungary and what kind of information do you have about our dance life? 
I know very little about modern Hungary. I know that Hungary was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, I know that there is a Gypsy minority in Hungary, and I know that it used to be a part of the communist satellite states of the Soviet Union.
I know that csárdás is a traditional Hungarian dance.

Could you share with us if you have any idols in theater/dance life? 
Merce Cunningahm
Ohad Naharin
Dominique Bagouet

What kind of piece will you bring to L1danceFest and does this piece mean any differences or similarities to your earlier works? Where did you perform it already? 
"We Love Arabs" is a political satirical dance-theater piece, which tells the story of a Jewish choreographer who works with an Arab dancer, and together they are trying to create a piece with a message of co-existence and of peace between Arabs and Jews.
The piece was performed in many occasions all around Israel, and in Italy, Czech Republic, Germany and U.S.A.

Do you have your artistic statement, could you share with us? 
There is no such thing as "abstract art". Every art piece is political, even if it doesn't intend to be.

Do you have any hobby besides working as a performer or creator? 
I am also making some music, writing songs and composing.

Can you write some details about your artistic life - which direction did you come from and which direction do you go right now? Tell us some important steps from your background! 
I was born in 1974. Along my dancing career in Batsheva Ensemble in Israel, the Swiss group Nomades, and the Gulbenkian Ballet in Portugal, I created for dance companies and festivals in Israel and abroad.
Besides dancing, collaborating and creating within the Israeli independent dance scene, I am currently also an assistant to the choreographer Ohad Naharin, and I work as Rehearsal Director at Batsheva Ensemble.

How did your summer time go? Did you get any new inspirations? Do you have a best experience during this summer? 
This summer in Israel is a mess. The conflict between Palestinians and Jews has reached new levels. Sadly, again, people on both sides, do not find the right way for peace and co-existence. It is depressing.

Does it mean any differences to play your pieces in different countries? If so, could you please tell us in what sense? 
Since my piece deals with the local issue, of the conflict between Arabs and Jews, it is very "hot subject" in Israel, and with Israeli audience I feel a very strong reaction. The audience outside of Israel is more distant, observing the piece with distance, but I think that they can also feel that it has to do with everybody's life in our world: we all deal with conflicts between nations and with issues of ethnic minorities. This piece is also about racism, and unfortunately, racism is quite a universal phenomenon.

What does it mean to you to be in the process and to show the work to the audience? What kind of feedback are you open for? 
I like to be on stage, I enjoy performing and I enjoy making people laugh and think. I am open to all kind of reactions from the audience. People are free to interpret my pieces as they wish, to hate it or to like it. It’s their own responsibility, what to do with it.

Do you read critics about your works? What kind of critic do you need? 
I read the critics. Fortunately I had very good critics for this piece that I will present in Budapest, and the piece was also awarded the best critics prize for 2013.

Do you criticize other’s works? Do you write about it? 
I criticize others a lot. But I don't write about it. 

Are you open for a round table discussion with the audience after a premier or after your show? 
Yes, with pleasure.

Here you find some words, could you put them in sentences which could be kind of ars poetic of yours! 
COMMUNITY, GETTING CLOSER, EXCHANGE, FILLED IN, RELIGION, NATION, HOMAGE, HUG, PERFORM, POPULAR, ORGANIC FOOD, SENSE, QUALITY, SHARE, FACE 

community is an enemy
exchange a hug, with quality
there is no sense in sharing organic food
religion is a popular performance
the nation is getting closer, in your face

Do you have any question? 
Where are we heading to?

Questionnaire with participant Ruri Mitoh (J)

photo: Bozzo

Have you been (when) to Budapest - Hungary with your pieces and artistic works earlier?
This is my first time to show my own piece in Budapest.  I've been to Budapest to perform in a festival as a member of Leni-Basso.  Probably, in 2007.  

What do you know about Hungary and what kind of informations do you have about our dance life?
I thought it was very nice city when I visited it last time.

Could you share with us if you have any idols in theater/dance life?
There is no all-time favorites in my dance life, but from time to time I admire dancers and choreographers – when I see a dancer with unique physical characters or interesting works.  
For now, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Peeping Tom, etc.

What kind of piece will you bring to L1danceFest and does this piece mean any differences or similarities to your earlier works? Where did you perform it already?
This piece is created from conversations with my body.  I can find movements that I never know since I spend more time facing to my body than before.  There are many things I don't know, and I can spend all my life looking for them until the time I die.  As I get older, I'd love to keep finding new movements by making conversations with my body each time.
I performed it in Yokohama twice and once in Jerusalem.

Do you have your arsittic statement, could you share with us?
I want to continue my creation in any forms, thinking about how to present a wonder called Dance... until I die.

Do you have any hobby beside working as a performer or creator?
I like playing with my cats.

Can you write some details about your artistic life - which direction did you come from and which direction do you go right now? Tell us some important steps from your background!
I belong to a company called OrganWorks in Japan.  As a member of it, I'm willing to work on creation and make it a world-class dance company with other members. Besides, I want to make solo pieces by myself.

How did your summer time go? Did you get any new inspirations? Do you have a best experience during this summer?
Summer has just began in Japan.  Although it was this spring, I had a wonderful experience in London when I danced my solo part in front of a biggest crowd ever, in a piece by Darren Johnston in Barbican Theatre.

Does it mean any differences to play your pieces in different countries? If so, could you please tell us in what sense?
Difficult to answer...My piece “ESQUISSE” changes everyday.  Who I am is related to this piece, and people around me also give significant influence on me and my piece.  One thing never changes is that I am Japanese.  When I dance as Japanese in different countries, I'm curious about how people see me.  I believe that I can share something as human being even though we have differences like nationalities, races, etc.

What does it mean to you to be in the process and to show the work to the audience? What kind of feedback are you open for?
To be honest, sometimes I wonder why I create a work.  Is it because a body is really interesting and has infinit possibilities, or/and it's connected to feelings?  Maybe, it is a way to know myself.  So, someone's feedback is another way to know myself, a way that I'm not aware of.  I like to have feedback that makes me realize that how people see me is very different from how I see myself.

Do you read critics about your works? What kind of critic do you need?
I read sometimes.  Actually, there are not many critiques about me.
I don't think critics are necessary for me.  I consider it as a comment from a guest.  They are not that important like comments from my friends and other guests.  

Do you criticize other’s works? Do you write about it?
No.

Are you open for a round table discussion with the audience after a premier or after your show?
It is difficult for me to discuss in English, but I'd like to try if I have a chance.

Here you find some words, could you put them in sentences which could be kind of ars poetic of yours!
COMMUNITY, GETTING CLOSER, EXCHANGE, FILLED IN, RELIGION, NATION, HOMAGE, HUG, PERFORM, POPULAR, ORGANIC FOOD, SENSE, QUALITY, SHARE, FACE

HUG SENSE FILLLED IN
GETTING CLOSER
EXCHANGE HOMAGE COMMUNITY RELIGION
SHARE NATION

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Recommended by Michal Černý - Czech Centrum Budapest (2014)


"Since 2010, when I took over the leadership of the Czech Centrum in Budapest, I consider the L1danceFest as one of the most important – and the dearest – partner of ours in Hungary. The festival, with the leadership of Márta Ladjánszki, contributed significantly - especially in he Central European dance and movement theater field – to the development of the free and creative international scene, where the living art becomes an integral part of everyday life. The festival itself is organized on the basis of rigorous dramaturgical principles; the workshop working method and the specific experimental accent is important in the performances. Although, I admit, I could not always keep up with them, but Marta is a charming and deeply rational person at the same time, with whom it is a pleasure to negotiate, even if one might disagree. Because she knows exactly what she wants and why. "
Michal Černý - Czech Centrum in Budapest (2014)

Recommended by Harmati Ágota – art manger - Mallorca Cultura


"When I first met the artists of the L1 Association at the International Dance Exhibition in Düsseldorf, in 2012, I was impressed by the determination with which the members and the leadership of the association represent the collaboration of the independent Hungarian dancers, visual artists and composers. While working in a frame of a socially engaged association, their goal is to find opportunities inside and outside their country, to build a lively organism that is constantly in contact with foreign institutions – this is a concept to be supported. They do it with conviction in order that the Hungarian artists find their way inside and outside of the country and that they could spread the reputation of the multicolored Hungarian culture as contemporary artists.
On the occasion of our first collaboration, the artists of the association shot a dance film and presented a street dance performance in Palma de Mallorca, I could verify and see that they are careful and attentive, curious about other cultures as well, and last but not least that they have a reliable, long-term thinking mentality.
In 2013 I had the pleasure to be the invited as a foreign organizer of the five days long L1danceFest, therefore I was able to follow through the programs of the festival and all accompanying events. The totality of the professional organization, the smooth communication, the broad thinking between arts and countries and the high quality of the invited performances was very impressive. 
I was very pleased to see that other international organizations and embassies have been supporting this great event and organization. 
Knowing that this 13 years old festival is set up on a voluntary basis by the organizing team, I find their work exciting and worth to be supported, I recommend it to your attention as well. International artists coming to Hungary spread news of the good organization and the great event, and Hungarian artists have the opportunity to prove their knowledge in a world-class festival."
Harmati Ágota – art manger - Mallorca Cultura (2014)