Les SlovaKs / Journey Home

Les SlovaKs dance collective

  • Premiere: 20/11/2009 Kaaitheater, Brussels
  • Choreography and dance by Les SlovaKs Dance Collective: Milan Herich, Anton Lachky, Milan Tomasik, Peter Jasko, Martin Kilvady
  • Composition and live music: Simon Thierrée
  • Set design: Les SlovaKs Dance Collective, Joris De Bolle
  • Lighting design: Joris De Bolle
  • Costume design: Mat Voorter, Pepa Martinez
  • Production: Phileas Productions
  • Coproduction: Kaaitheater (Belgium), Charleroi / Danses (Belgium), Teatre Mercat de les Flors (Spain), Hellerau – European Center for the Arts Dresden (Germany)
  • Partner: DCJ – Dans Centrum Jette (Belgium)
  • With the support of the: Ministry of the Flemish Community, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie Brussels
  • A warm thank you for their precious collaboration: Janka Ambrózová, Roberto Magro and Eleonor Bauer

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We create situations and atmospheres; develop the scenes around each five of us as lead characters; the folk dancer, the tough rock guy, two inseparable brothers or “crystal silence” dancer. In subtleties between such Easter European traditions and Western cultural references, we continue to create a playing field on stage, where dancing reigns free and in which a special kind of physical theatricality can emerge. Emotions, imagination, shared history and humor is all taking part in our amalgam of short dance vignettes.

Music is vital to our stage reality. Simon, as a careful tailor-kapelmeister, is instantly knitting his colorful music to a perfect fit for each dance scene.We sing! Right from the center of Slovakia, powerful and sensitive men voices sing about love and nature in folk polyphonic harmonies. Journey Home is a voyage further into Les SlovaKs universe. In the second creation “Journey Home”, which was premiered in November 2009 in Brussels, Les Slovaks continue working as a collective, developing the common skill in composing while performing.

Regarding each member as an irreplaceable asset to the whole, Les SlovaKs create a polyphonic dance that brings each dancer to the fore as a soloist and an instrumental part of a dynamic and familial collective. The characteristic feature in “Journey Home” is the direct inspiration and the use of Slovak folk dance, traditional polyphonic singing and playing with “Slovak sensitivity” and humor while performing. By making the basic principles of the individual and the group a dynamic part of their compositional system, Les SlovaKs’ work becomes utterly transparent and the audience is invited to witness the humor in disagreement, the momentum of consensus, and the rigor of personal investment that constitute the trial and error of creating a performance together.

The music is a vital part of their stage reality. It is a place where the references that hover in the dance are folded into a robust score that meets the dance from another perspective.
In Journey Home Les SlovaKs continue their rich collaboration with musician and composer Simon Thierrée.

TOUR SCHEDULE: 

9th of October 2009 – House of CultureWork in progress, Prievidza, Slovakia

10th of October 2009 – House of CultureWork in progress, Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia

13th of October 2009 – House of Culture StanicaWork in progress Žilina, Slovakia

15th of October 2009 – Festival 4 Days 4 YouWork in progress, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia

17th of October 2009 – HYBAJ HO!|Festival Of Contemporary Slovak Dance – House of Culture Ceske BudejoviceWork in progress České Budejovice, Czech republic

19th of October 2009 – HYBAJ HO!|Festival – Archa TheaterWork in progress Prague, Czech republic

23rd of October 2009 – SIC! International Dance Improvisation FestivalWork in progress, Warsaw, Poland

20th of November 2009 – KaaitheaterWorld Première, Brussels, Belgium

21st. of November 2009 – Kaaitheater, Brussels, Belgium

8th of January 2010 – Hellerau – European Center for the Arts, Dresden, Germany

9th of January 2010 – Hellerau – European Center for the Arts, Dresden, Germany

28th of January 2010 – Mercat de las Flors, Barcelona, Spain

29th of January 2010 – Mercat de las Flors, Barcelona, Spain

30th of January 2010 – Mercat de las Flors, Barcelona, Spain

31st of January 2010 – Mercat de las Flors, Barcelona, Spain

3rd of February 2010 – Culturcentrum Kortrijk, Kortrijk, Belgium

12th of February 2010 – Kunstencentrum NONA, Mechelen, Belgium

23rd of April 2010 – De Stadsschouwburg, Groningen, Holland

8th of June 2010 – Festival June Events – Atelier de Paris – Carolyn Carlson, Paris, France

2nd of September 2010 – Festival Tanz Im August, Berlin, Germany

3rd of September 2010 – Festival Tanz Im August, Berlin, Germany

11th of September 2010 – Zart, Mol, Belgium

29th of September 2010 – Association pour la Danse Contemporaine, Geneva, Switzerland

30th of September 2010 – Association pour la Danse Contemporaine, Geneva, Switzerland

1st. of September 2010 – Association pour la Danse Contemporaine, Geneva, Switzerland

2nd of September 2010 – Association pour la Danse Contemporaine, Geneva, Switzerland

3rd of September 2010 – Association pour la Danse Contemporaine, Geneva, Switzerland

3rd of November 2010 – Festival Dance 2010, Munich, Germany

4th of November 2010 – Festival Dance 2010, Munich, Germany

6th of December 2010 – Festival December Dance, Bruges, Belgium

18th of December 2010 – Teatro Viriato, Viseu, Portugal

21st. of January 2011 – Cultureel Centrum Lokeren, Lokeren, Belgium

28th of January 2011 – Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

29th of January 2011 – Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

6th of February 2011 – Festival Equilibro – Fondazione Musica Per Roma, Rome, Italy

8th of February 2011 – Festival TanzTage, Basel, Switzerland

26th of February – Festival Dantzaldia, Bilbao, Spain

2nd of March 2011 – 30CC, Leuven, Belgium

3rd of March 2011 – cultureel centrum Westrand, Dilbeek, Belgium

10th of March 2011 – Cultuurcentrum Berchem, Berchem, Belgium

25th of March 2011 – Dansens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden

26th of March 2011 – Dansens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden

26th of April 2011 – Auditorio de Tenerife, Tenerife, Spain

1st. of May 2011 – Festival Candiz en Danza, Cadiz, Spain

5th of May 2011 – Auditorio de Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

8th of May 2011 – Teatro Jofre, Ferrol, Spain

12th of May 2011 – Festival Dansa Valencia, Valencia, Spain

15th of May 2011 – Made Festival, Umea, Sweden

20th of May 2011 – Melkweg, Amsterdan, Holland

July 2011 – Deltebre dansa festival, Deltebre, Spain

13th of July 2011 – Szene Salzburg Festival, Salzburg, Salzburg

15th of July 2011 – Spiel Festival, Andorf, Austria

19th of July 2011 – Festival Plateforme Contemporaine, Kinshasa, Democratic republic of Congo

20th of July 2011 – Festival Plateforme Contemporaine, Kinshasa, Democratic republic of Congo

28th of July 2011 – Festival Bolzano Danza, Bolzano, Italy

9th of October 2011 – Festival Bratislava in Movement, Bratislava, Slovakia

11th of October 2011 – Archa Theater, Prague, Czech republic

30th of October 2011 – Tanzfestival Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

1st. of December 2011 – Festival Danse Emoi, Limoges, France

3rd of December 2011 – Centre Culturel Acte 2, Huy, Belgium

15th of December 2011 – Théâtre le Maillon, Strasbourg, France

16th of December 2011 – Théâtre le Maillon, Strasbourg, France

26th of August 2012 – Front@ Festival, Murska Sobota, Slovenia

14th of October 2012 – Dimitria Festival, Thessalonica, Greece

22nd of December 2012 – Cultureel Centrum Ostend, Ostend, Belgium

1st. of March 2013 – Bayer Kultur, Leverkusen, Germany

25th of May 2013 – Val De Marne, France

26th of May 2013 – Val De Marne, France

8th of November 2013 – Regensburger Tanztage, Regensburg, Germany

25th of April 2014 – KVS, Brussels, Belgium

26th of April 2014 – KVS, Brussels, Belgium

27th of April 2014 – KVS, Brussels, Belgium

20th of August 2015 – International Contemporary Dance Festival Xi’an, China

22nd of August 2015 – Beijing International Contemporary Dance Festival, Beijing, China

23rd of August 2015 – Beijing International Contemporary Dance Festival, Beijing, China

17th of November 2015 – Cultuurcentrum, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

27th of October 2017 – Adey festival, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

17th of February 2018 – CCPE, Rosario, Argentina

22nd of February 2018 – Tucuman, Argentina

22nd of July 2018 – Kalamata dance festival, Kalamata, Greece