Hunting Season

Milan Tomasik

2014, MT

The Hunting Season, or, Who is Catching Whom

Inhale-exhale-freeze-action-reaction are the connective tissues of the performance The Hunting Season. Seemingly meditative signatures appear throughout the performance in various scenes with escalation, thickening and, above all, release of tension. Each hunting action demands concentration, attention, self-nullification, blending into the environment and listening to internal (bodily) and external impulses. All it takes to quickly release the tension, which triggers a swift act of catching. Thus, the principle of hunting is being internalized, outwards it serves the »clashing« among the dancers. That by all means gives an insight into the body structure, one’s perception of oneself, others and the group. It leads to a story that exceeds the psychology of an individual, of hunting, and of a group. It is not merely a story about (inter)relationships, about the catch if you like. It is the story about the world and mankind. It is a process showing us images of our insanity, egoism, vulnerability, moments of beauty. Here the performance with individual scenes relaxes and concentrates, it concretizes itself. Welcome home, in the world of tension, relaxation, catch and (non)sense. Also of humour, irony, competition and heartbreaking duets, solos. C’est la vie. 

Hunting Season, the dance project conceptualized and choreographed by Milan Tomášik, presents itself as a clean spatial painting, which is also the basic meaning of the word choreography as a translation of two Greek words: khoros (to dance) and graphein (to draw, to write).”

“The dance paintings unexpectedly follow each other in linear groups and, in the pattern of hunting, keep complementing each other and building dynamically. With flow and fluidity, like on a conveyor belt, the composition condenses, dilutes and opens up, and in a fun way shapes and reflects the movement notes of each individual.”
Daliborka Podboj, PARADA PLESA, 12. 11. 2014 

“In its composition, rhythm and technicality, the dancing in Hunting Season is excellent.”
Ana Schnabl, DNEVNIK, 29. 10. 2014 

“The most thought out scene in the show, which could be the starting point of the performance, is Tina Valentan’s final solo. In it, the dancer along with Godar’s suggestive music, a precise execution and well-conceived dynamics managed to create the impression of translating her own inner motives and stories into an abstract movement, rich with associations.”
Mojca Kumerdej, DELO, 5. 11. 2014

Past dates
June 2015
July 2015
Murska Sobota SI  20:00 - Front@ Festival
September 2015
October 2015
Kosice SK  20:00 - Tabačka theater
Kosice SK  20:00 - Tabačka theater

CONCEPT AND CHOREGRAPHY Milan Tomášik CO-CREATED AND PERFORMED BY Jan Rozman, Alessandro Sollima, Milan Tomášik, Tina Valentan, Špela Vodeb, Aja Zupanec MUSIC Vladimír Godár LIGHTING DESIGN Luka Curk COSTUMES Jasna Vastl OUTSIDE EYE Suzana Koncut PRODUCTION MT TOUR MANAGER Bram Smeyers PUBLIC RELATION Jedrt Jež Furlan CO-PRODUCTION EN-KNAP (Slovenia), Ljubljana dance theater (Slovenia), NorrlandsOperans (Sweeden), Stanica Žilina-Záriecie (Slovakia) PARTNER Mediterranean dance centre Svetvincenat (San Vincenti, Croatia), The Old Power Station (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Španski borci cultural centre (Slovenia)

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