Les SLovaKs

© Peggy Jarrel Kaplan

Les SlovaKs is a collective made of five independant, energetic dancers coming from Slovakia: Milan Herich, Peter Jaško, Anton Lachký, Milan Tomášik and Martin Kilvády.

Milan, Peter, Anton and Milan started dancing very early. At the age, of five, before even meeting each other, they shared the stage at the „Vychodna” folk festival. At that time nobody expected, that during the next 20 years they would share the same life, education, room, fun, common games and stage frights.

After knowing each other for many years and having danced and lived together at different periods from childhood to present, when Les SlovaKs officially formed a collective to make dances together in 2006, they started from the point at which they wanted to finish: with vivacious and unbound dancing.

Opening Night - This experience (creative process that lasted one year) laid a ground stone for the collective way of working and decision making. It was a beginning in developing of common skill in composing while performing, finding movement language (later named "New Traditional dance"), accumulating the set of rules in relating to each other and to the public while performing, using of Slovak folk dance, music and singing. The premiere of Opening Night was in November 2007.

In the second creation Journey Home, which was premiered in November 2009 in Brussels, Les Slovaks continued working as a collective. The characteristic feature in Journey Home was the direct inspiration and the use of Slovak folk dance, traditional polyphonic singing and playing with "Slovak sensitivity" and humor while performing.

Their third creation Fragments premiered in Brussels in 2013. Without any boundaries of style, they managed to construct different worlds, that pop up into fullness as soon as the scene unfolds. The show is entertaining, full of skilled dancing, very expressive, humorous and touching, sparkled with references that disappear as soon as the spectator tries to grab them.

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