Off-Beat

dance solo

  • Premiere: 22/09/2011 Ljubljana dance theater
  • Concept, choreography and dance: Milan Tomášik
  • Dramaturgy: Samo Gosarič
  • Music: Janez Krstnik Dolar, Sašo Kalan
  • Light design: Luka Curk
  • Costumes and set design: Jasna Vastl
  • Adviser for musicology: Lidija Podlesnik Tomášiková
  • Production: Phileas Productions (Belgium), Plesni Teater Ljubljana (Slovenia), Muzeum Institute (Slovenia),
  • Coproductions: STUK (Leuven, Belgium), Stanica Žilina-Záriečie (Slovakia), Ex Ponto International Festival of Performing Arts (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

To confront breathing with the rhythm of music, the movement impulses of a contemporary dancer with baroque music, to enter into a dialogue with the originators of modern dance. In his dance solo off-beat, milan tomášik explores a contemporary dancer’s relation to rhythm, placing his inhale and exhale in relation to the coded rhythmical structures of baroque music and simultaneously moving between the external influences from the history of dance and the inner concentration of a dancer.

 

The whole performance with live music, recorded in Bratislava 2014:

 

TOUR SCHEDULE:

31st of August 2015 – MONOPLAY festival, Zadar, Croatia

7th of June 2015 – CORTOINDANZA festival, Sardinia, Italy

10th of July 2014 - festival AKROPODITI Syros, Greece

17th of March 2014 - SLOVAK NATIONAL THEATER (SND) Bratislava, Slovakia

05th of December 2013 – PLESNI TEATER LJUBLJANA, Slovenia

23rd of November 2013 – CANKARJEV DOM Ljubljana, Slovenia

19th of October 2013 – festival DAYS 4 YOU Banska Bystrica, Slovakia

19th of September 2013 – festival OFF EUROPA Dresden, Germany

17th of September 2013 – festival OFF EUROPA Leipzig, Germany

06th of June 2013 – STANICA ZILINA-ZARIECIE, Slovakia

05th of June 2013 – DIVADLO STUDIO TANCA Banska Bystrica, Slovakia

29th of May 2013 – PLESNI TEATER LJUBJANA, Slovenia

26th of January 2013 – festival DANSPROJECT Trieste, Italy

27th of October 2012 – SPANSKI BORCI Ljubljana, Slovenia

22nd of July 2012 - Festival SVETVINCENAT, Croatia

28th of June 2012 – festival LENT Maribor, Slovenia

22nd of April 2012 – festival TANZ SCHRITT WEISE Graz, Austria

02nd of February 2012 – PLESNI TEATER LJUBLJANA Ljubljana, Slovenia

01st of February 2012 – PLESNI TEATER LJUBLJANA Ljubljana, Slovenia

26th of October 2011 – STUK Leuven (for students only), Belgium

26th of October 2011 – STUK Leuven, Belgium

25th of October 2011 - STUK Leuven, Belgium

13th of October 2011 – festival DAYS 4 YOU Banska Bystrica, Slovakia

10th of October 2011 – festival HYBAJ HO! Prague, Czech Republic

28th of September 2011 – STANICA ZILINA-ZARIECIE, Slovakia

27th of September 2011 - STANICA ZILINA-ZARIECIE, Slovakia

24th of September 2011 - festival EX PONTO Ljubljana, Slovenia

23rd of September 2011 - festival EX PONTO Ljubljana, Slovenia

22nd of September 2011 – PREMIERE, festival EX PONTO Ljubljana, Slovenia


On 7th of June 2015, at the international festival of contemporary dance Cortoindanza (Cagliari, Italy), the dance solo OFF-BEAT, choreographed and performed by Milan Tomášik, have been awarded for the “MUSICAL RESEARCH and THE EXPRESSIVE STRENGTH OF CHOREOGRAPHIC LANGUAGE”

 

Daliborka Podboj, PARADA PLESA, 1. 11. 2011:

“Dance solo Off-Beat is a rich, visually in-depth gallery of dance sketches in which artist Milan Tomášik combines art, his knowledge and pleasures against the backdrop of the era of court history, with the performing modernity of dance, with his time.”

Mojca Kumurdej, DELO, 9. 2. 2012:

Due to the deliberate structure and Tomášik’s excellent dancing, at the end audience can be surprised that Off-Beat lasts for a solo by no means short fifty minutes. “

Jana Návratová, ČESKÝ ROZHLAS (Czech Radio), 12. 10. 2011:

„Milan Tomášik predvedl neco velmi puvabného.  Spojení barokní inspiraci se současným tancem. Milan Tomášik je vynikající tanečník s nečim osobnostne velmi silným, riká se tomu „stage presence“, ten človek když se postaví pred to publikum a podívá se do nej tak proste stichne. Má krásnou modelaci pohybu, velmi zajímavý telesný projev a vlastne rozvinul tanečnou takovou diskusii o tom vztahu baroka a současného umení nebo současného života. Myslím si, že to byl velmi peknej zážitek.“

Lucie Kocourkova, SALTO (Slovak dance magazine) 2012:

„Tomášik’s enchantment by baroque remains on the level of inspiration, he doesn’t quote baroque dance, but uses some characteristic principles of the connection of dance and music. Historical dancing in shoes and the barefooted sequences created and interesting contrast. The piece was moreover full of fun and exaggeration. It was partially thanks to the props, which were used by the author to liven up the stage. He definitely showed that it is possible to do research of the movement with lightness and playfulness.“

Steffen Georgi, LEIPZIGER VOLKZEITUNG, 19. 9. 2013:

„The performance Off-Beat on the one hand performs a kind of archaeology of gestures, examines old and new dance means of expression, and on the other hand ironically judges them. Just already the way how the costume design manipulates movements (in the appearance of the artist as well as in the perception of the audience), masterfully reflects the sense and nonsense notion of authenticity. […] A smart exploration of dance with dance means.

Marek GodovičTHEATER INSTITUTE BRATISLAVA, 19. 10. 2013:

 „Tomášik connects two seemingly incompatible worlds: a formalism with the authenticity of the expression. […] The Solo reflects a precise control of dance expression, while it looks spontaneous and relaxed.”

Maja Anžur Kajzer, GLASNA, letnik 45, št. 1, February 2014:

“Vrh predstave je v odseku, ko historični plesni gibi zvenijo v tišini. Nenadnemu vstopu novodobnih elektronskih zvokov (Saša Kalana) sledi naključno mešanje baročne in elektronske glasbe. S tem je ustvarjen vrhunec kaosa v strukturirano urejeni gibalni pripovedi. Liričnost in lepota gibanja sta tisti substanci, ki predstavi podeljujeta pečat z dodano vrednostjo.“