Between October 9 and October 30 Plovdiv, the second largest city in Bulgaria, welcomes international artists and choreographers who are shaping the directions of contemporary dance and performance today. The ninth edition of ONE DANCE WEEK featured companies from all round the globe – USA, Canada, Switzerland, Spain, Korea, Taiwan, Czech Republic and France
The festival presents the audience with various creative approaches, styles and viewpoints, introduced by the most established names in the field.
ONE DANCE WEEK 2016 starts on October 9 with BLOODLINES a remarkable project which pays tribute to the great masters of postmodern dance, who influenced profoundly the artistic path of a whole generation of choreographers. The repertoire, which Stephen Petronio Company will present, includes two iconic pieces: Glacial Decoy and Rainforest, created by some of the most prominent figures in the history of dance – Trisha Brown and Merce Cunningham. We will also see an original piece by Stephen Petronio himself called Locomotor, which marks the company’s 30th anniversary.
For the first time this year the festival will present performances from Canada and Taiwan.
Frédérick Gravel, a key figure on the Canadian scene, known for his rebellious style and experimentation is the choreographer of the performance ALL HELL IS BREAKING LOOSE, HONEY. Anarchy Dance Theatre will present SECOND BODY – 360-degree projection invites the audience on an expedition in search of a new definition of the body.
The closing performance will be UP by the choreographers– Jozsef Trefeli and Mike Winter. The show is a real physical challenge for the six dancers who use dynamic vocabulary of movement.
More info: http://onedanceweek.com/?lang=en
BLOODLINES is a remarkable project which pays tribute to the great masters of postmodern dance, who influenced profoundly the artistic path of a whole generation of choreographers. The repertoire, which Stephen Petronio Company will present, includes two iconic pieces: Glacial Decoy and Rainforest, created by some of the most prominent figures in the history of dance – Trisha Brown and Merce Cunningham. We will also see an original piece by Stephen Petronio himself called Locomotor, which marks the company’s 30th anniversary.
In ARE FRIENDS ELECTRIC?, the choreographer Yuval Pick, Director of The National Choreographic Center of Rillieux-la-Pape since 2011, explores the music world of Kraftwerk in which he finds elements that defy his choreographic imagination and inspire him to focus on the dynamic relationship between individual and team, body and movement. Monsieur Pick touches on completely new dimensions of dance, creating a powerful and charging performance, which is dedicated to the elasticity of space and body. He works with the spatial trajectories of the minuet, which focuses on the continuous coming together and going apart of the partners.
SOUL PIERCING and SHYNESS are presented by the company Goblin Party – one of the phenomena of Korean dance scene. SOUL PIERCING is inspired by the tradition of funerary rituals in Korea, by the fuss, the confusion and the conflicting feelings, typical of such ceremonies. The show reveals the theme about the chaos between the living and the dead as interpreted by grotesque exaggeration, playfulness and imagination. It won the Korean Association of Dance Critics and Researchers prize.“Even though this pair of glasses helped me pass unnoticed before, it doesn’t work anymore.” This is just a small glimpse into the internal monologue of the main character expressed by the means of dance in the SHYNESS show.
In COLLECTIVE LOSS OF MEMORY, choreographers Lenka Ottova, Jozef Fruček and Linda Kapetanea return to archetypal themes – good and evil, pleasure and violence, life and death. Dynamic choreographic series on the edge of danger immerse in researching a powerful social phenomenon – the pleasure people get from participating in violent acts. The show explores the provocation by not touching the obvious, but rather deals with the subtlest aspects of the evolution of human behavior. DOT504 Dance Company works in the field of physical theater and dance with an emphasis on high technical training and physical endurance.
ALL HELL IS BREAKING LOOSE, HONEY is a modern tale about the confused man with matted hair, a dirty T-shirt, a baseball hat, cowboy boots, a beer belly, immersed in the haze of alcoholic fumes and torn by uncertainty and complexes. The show is a funny, sham, sad, and honest picture of the contemporary American society and values.
Choreographer, dancer, musician and light designer – Frédérick Gravel is a key figure on the Canadian scene, known for his rebellious style and experimentation. On the stage are also the multidisciplinary artist Stéphane Boucher, the “enfant terrible” of thrash, Dave St-Pierre, and the inspired by clowning Nicolas Cantin whirl on stage.
SECOND BODY creates an immersive digital environment blurring the lines between real and virtual space. A 360-degree projection invites the audience on an expedition in search of a new definition of the body. Everything begins and ends with it – primary, natural and material, on one hand, and secondary, illusory and digital, on the other. The two never cease to move and interact through interactive environments and visualizations. Anarchy Dance Theatre was founded by architect and choreographer Jeff Chieh-hua Hsieh, whose artistic searches lie within the field of contemporary dance theater.
JINX 103 is an urban dance project in which choreographers of Hungarian origin József Trefeli and Gábor Varga study the rhythm of particular public spaces and their life rituals. ls. With this fruitful resource they shape an energetic and captivating performance. In it they use their common artistic language – vibrating movements, clapping and slaps, clicking of fingers and trusting heels – and retell an astonishing tale of fulminant movements of twisting and intertwining of legs, high kicks and stunning jumps.
KOVA ¬ GEOGRAPHIC TOOLS is a result of the longtime searches of choreographer Marcos Morau, who tries to „disenchant“ the mysterious geography of the human body. He develops a new code of movements called KOVA.The play focuses on the pure dynamics of the movement and portrays the physical plasticity stripping the dance off the additional layers of dramaturgy. The audience is facing a rich, complex choreographic panorama – devoid of clichés and preset shapes.
UP takes along to an enigmatic condition which infects with immediate enthusiasm. The show is a real physical challenge for the six dancers who use dynamic vocabulary of movement. Literally by the physical lifting of each other they play with the idea of spiritual rising. The original lightning design opposes the banality of these movements, a characteristic of classical and modern dance, while trying to fill them with new energy and meaning.The broad range of styles, with which the choreographers Trefeli and Winter work, includes contemporary dance, cabaret, theater, musical theater, opera. They impress with choreographic imagination and innovation, with experience in large companies and independent projects.
ABOUT ONE DANCE WEEK:
The festival started in 2008 as the only forum in the country entirely devoted to contemporary dance – one of the most rapidly developing genres in contemporary art that knows no boundaries between techniques, art forms and aesthetics, that turns rules and roles upside down and makes the impossible possible – which is what constitutes its bold and attractive gesture. Over the past nine years, the festival presented some of the most interesting phenomena in the sphere of contemporary dance practices, including performances from Europe, Asia and America, which show different dance trends.
Among the artists who have performed at ONE DANCE WEEK are Ultima Vez, Wim Vandekeybus, RAIMUND HOGHE, TRAJAL HARRELL, DANIEL ABREU, CIE PHILIPPE SAIRE , Farm in the Cave, Brice Leroux, Peridance Dance Company, Cidra Bell, etc.