Milan Tomášik

Photo by: Vladimir Veverka

M I L A N   T O M Á Š I K  is a choreographer, performer and teacher dedicated to teaching, creating and performing.
Born in Slovakia, currently resident in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He studied dance at the Conservatory J. L. Bellu in Banská Bystrica and at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. In 2004, he graduated from P.A.R.T.S, the international dance school in Brussels directed by Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker. In 2001, he participated in Vienna’s ImpulsTanz festival with a Dance Web scholarship and went on tour with the Dutch company MAPA (Moving Academy for Performing Art). In 2004, he received the Prize of the City Prievidza (Slovakia) for representing contemporary dance at home and abroad.
Milan Tomášik has collaborated with several choreographers: Eva Weissmann (2000-2005), Iztok Kovač‘s company En-Knap (2005-2006), Maja Delak and Mala Kline (2005), Snježana Premuš (2007), Barbara Novakovič Kolenc (2007), Magdalena Reiter (2017), Charlie Brittain (2021-2022), Sláva Daubnerová (2022).
Besides his own company, Milan works as freelance choreographer and created several commissioned works for different companies, theaters and schools: Veselosti minulosti (2012) – Divadlo Štúdio tanca (Banská Bystrica); Electric folie (2015) – SEAD (Salzburg); Waves (2016) – SEAD (Salzburg); In-tension (2017) – Amsterdam University of the Arts; Intrecciato (2018) – Scenario Pubblico (Catania); Echo (2019) – SEAD (Salzburg); Pokrm (2019) – tri4 association (Banská Bystrica); Besi (2021)  – Divadlo Štúdio tanca (Banská Bystrica).
His teaching activities includes giving classes Happy Feet for professional companies, festivals and dance Academies as well as workshops Playful Presence in most of the countries in Europe, Argentina, China, Democratic Republic of Kongo, Russia, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Happy feet and Playful Presence is now merged together under Poetic Body.
He is a co-founder of Les SlovaKs dance collective, the company based in Brussels. With them, he created three dance performances (Opening Night, Journey Home and Fragments), and between 2007-2018 performed and toured worldwide, including most of the European capitals, Africa, China, Middle, North and South America.

Within a decade (2006-2016) he created three outstanding solo performances, first with a mesmerizing solo Within, shown in a major european festivals and theaters. In 2011 followed by solo performance Off-beat, he received special mention for “musical research and the expressive strength of choreographic language” at Cortoindanza festival in Cagliari, Italy (2015). The show was documented in a short dance film Off-beat live made by Stanislav Dobák (2014). Milan rounds off his solo trilogy with a Solo 2016 (2016).

In 2014 he founded Milan Tomášik & Co and up to day created three dance performances The Hunting Season (2014),  Silver Blue (2015) and Fight Bright (2018). Milan Tomášik & Co has received two awards for The Hunting Season performance for the best light design at the KioSk and Gibanica festivals, both in 2015. The company has performed in a numerous countries in Europe, for instance in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Germany, Greece, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden.

During 2018-2020 period Milan Tomášik was an associated artist of Scenario Pubblico theater in Catania (Sicily).

Milan is an artistic curator of OUT OF THE TOOLBOX workshop festival in Ghent of 2022 edition.