left: Darija Štravs Tisu, right: Andi Bančić
Milan Tomášik, is an artist dedicated to teaching, creating and performing.
Born in Slovakia in 1981, 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).
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).
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, China, Democratic Republic of Kongo and Mexico.
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 core of the company consists of a long term collaborators Alessandro Sollima (IT), Špela Vodeb, Tina Valentan, Jasna Vastl (SLO) and a new member Diego Alvarez Sanóu (Costa Rica). For the Fight Bright dance performance the company invited a distinguished artist and composer Simon Thierrée. The company has performed in a numerous countries in Europe, for instance in Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden.
Milan Tomášik is currently associated artist of Scenario Pubblico theater in Catania (Sicily) for 2018-2020 period.
photo by: Tamas Tuza