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Spontaneous and crazy – but in a good way – is the performance Much More Than Nothing that explores the theme of manipulation. No matter how engaged and devoted, dancers “just” fulfill the impossible by 150%! Fulfilling absurd and impossible tasks makes them passive in their personal choices, moreover, it makes them exhausted with every new command.
Another level of the performance focuses on the omnipresent teasing between the Czechs and Slovaks. A saucy play with identity and nationalism that is both funny and cheeky and yet there is self-criticism. The performers come from a generation born in Czechoslovakia but raised in either Czech Republic or Slovakia. Today, they all live all around Europe.
The performance resulted from a residency organized by Alta Studio and it was supported by Artist’s Life Foundation.
Concept: Stano Dobák, Peter Šavel
In different combinations performed by: Martina Hajdyla Lacová, Lucia Kašiarová, Tereza Ondrová, Andrea Opavská, Karolína Hejnová, Peter Šavel, Stano Dobák a Jaro Viňarský
Light Design: Jiří Hajdyla
(…) Placing these particular six performers in the one scene has proved to be a perfect choice. Each and every one of them has a distinctively original personality; however, they are able to sensitively react to each other at the same time.
(…) The performance is compact even though it lacks a concrete plot line. It is full of action and transformation. The main principles are a play and coincidence. The viewer sometimes doesn’t know which performer to follow, nevertheless, the performance as a whole gives an impression of coherence. But mainly, it was a great fun to watch. The choreographer duo Peter Šavel and Stano Dobák has brought a new fresh wind into the Czech scene: a modern way of creating a performance, great dancing, humor and irony. (Petra Dotlačilová, Taneční aktuality)
(…) In Much more than nothing, the main focus was placed on the performers. Tereza Ondrová, Andrea Opavská, Lucia Kašiarová, Martina Lacová, Karolína Hejnová, Peter Šavel and Jaro Viňarský are performers who can grandly be labeled as All Stars best selection of the Czech and Slovak dance scene. Their piece was characterized also by a sense for self-irony and a play with irony in general. (…)(Miroslav Zwiefelhofer, KioSk)