Journey Home

Les SLovaKs

2009, Phileas Productions

We create situations and atmospheres; develop the scenes around each five of us as lead characters; the folk dancer, the tough rock guy, two inseparable brothers or "crystal silence" dancer. In subtleties between such Easter European traditions and Western cultural references, we continue to create a playing field on stage, where dancing reigns free and in which a special kind of physical theatricality can emerge. Emotions, imagination, shared history and humor is all taking part in our amalgam of short dance vignettes.

Music is vital to our stage reality. Simon, as a careful tailor-kapelmeister, is instantly knitting his colorful music to a perfect fit for each dance scene. We sing! Right from the center of Slovakia, powerful and sensitive men voices sing about love and nature in folk polyphonic harmonies.
Journey Home is a voyage further into Les SlovaKs universe. In the second creation Journey Home, which was premiered in November 2009 in Brussels, Les Slovaks continue working as a collective, developing the common skill in composing while performing.

Regarding each member as an irreplaceable asset to the whole, Les SlovaKs create a polyphonic dance that brings each dancer to the fore as a soloist and an instrumental part of a dynamic and familial collective.

The characteristic feature in Journey Home is the direct inspiration and the use of Slovak folk dance, traditional polyphonic singing and playing with "Slovak sensitivity" and humor while performing.

By making the basic principles of the individual and the group a dynamic part of their compositional system, Les SlovaKs’ work becomes utterly transparent and the audience is invited to witness the humor in disagreement, the momentum of consensus, and the rigor of personal investment that constitute the trial and error of creating a performance together. 

The music is a vital part of their stage reality. It is a place where the references that hover in the dance are folded into a robust score that meets the dance from another perspective.
In Journey Home Les SlovaKs continue their rich collaboration with musician and composer Simon Thierrée.

Past dates
October 2009
Prievidza SK  20:00 - House of Culture - Work in progress
Liptovsky Mikulas SK  20:00 - House of Culture - Work in progress
Zilina SK  20:00 - House of Culture Stanica - Work in progress
Banska Bystrica SK  20:00 - Festival 4 Days 4 You - Work in progress
Prague CZ  20:00 - HYBAJ HO!|Festival – Archa Theater - Work in progress
November 2009
Brussels BE  20:00 - Kaaitheater - World Première
Brussels BE  20:00 - Kaaitheater
January 2010
February 2010
April 2010
June 2010
September 2010
Mol BE  20:00 - Zart
October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011
March 2011
Leuven BE  20:00 - 30CC
Stockholm SE  20:00 - Dansens Hus
Stockholm SE  20:00 - Dansens Hus
April 2011
May 2011
Santiago de Compostela ES  20:00 - Auditorio de Galicia
Amsterdam NL  20:00 - Melkweg
July 2011
October 2011
December 2011
August 2012
Murska Sobota SI  20:00 - Front@ Festival
October 2012
Thessalonica GR  20:00 - Dimitria Festival
December 2012
March 2013
Leverkusen DE  20:00 - Bayer Kultur
May 2013
Val De Marne FR  20:00 - Festival D'Oh
Val De Marne FR  20:00 - Festival D'Oh
November 2013
April 2014
Brussels BE  20:00 - KVS
Brussels BE  20:00 - KVS
Brussels BE  20:00 - KVS
August 2015
Xi'an CN  20:00 - Beijing International Contemporary Dance Festival
Beijing CN  20:00 - Beijing International Contemporary Dance Festival
Beijing CN  20:00 - Beijing International Contemporary Dance Festival
November 2015
Sint-Niklaas BE  20:00 - Cultuurcentrum

CHOREOGRAPHY AND DANCE BY Les SlovaKs Dance Collective: Martin Kilvady, Peter Jasko, Anton Lachky, Milan Herich, Milan Tomášik COMPOSITION AND LIVE MUSIC Simon Thierrée SET DESIGN Les SlovaKs Dance Collective, Joris De Bolle LIGHTING DESIGN Joris De Bolle COSTUME DESIGN Mat Voorter, Pepa Martinez TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Joris De Bolle PRODUCTION PHILEAS PRODUCTIONS COPRODUCTION Kaaitheater (Belgium), Charleroi/Danses (Belgium),Teatre Mercat de les Flors (Spain),Hellerau - European Center for the Arts Dresden (Germany) PARTNERS DCJ — Dans Centrum Jette (Belgium)


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