ME-SA – independent dance group

Karolína Hejnová

Martina Hajdyla Lacová

Guests

ME-SA – independent dance group

ME-SA was established in 2008. The company works as an open platform that combines author’s projects with inviting various guest choreographers both from Czechoslovak dance scene and abroad. In 2013, ME-SA became for the first time part of Aerowaves TOP 20 Priority Companies List thanks to project Much More Than Nothing created by duo Peter Šavel/Stano Dobák. The company got three times the nomination for “Dance Piece of the Year” Award. In 2015, one of ME-SA founders, Martina Hajdyla Lacová, was awarded “Dancer of the Year” Prize for her performance in SuperNaturals, another piece by ME-SA listed at Aerowaves Selection for 2015. For the performance in the solo project L – One of the Seven was Martina Hajdyla Lacová nominated for prestigious czech Thálie Award 2016. ME-SA has presented its projects at various festivals: APAP/NYC, Spring Forward, Czech Dance Platform, Tanec Praha, Edinburg Fringe etc.

Karolína Hejnová

She graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in 2011 as a film and TV producer. For three years, she was member of the Junior Domino Dance Company led by Lenka Ottová, where she danced in choreographies created by Mirka Eliášová, Věra Ondrašíková, Jarek Cemerek etc. She has been working with Ji Eun Lee from 2007; she performed in Object and Particle (2007), Angels and Demons (2008) as well as in Blame me (2009). She dances in all projects of ME-SA dance group and also in a site-specific project Vertical Horizontal created by Andrea Miltnerová. She works as a freelance dancer and producer, working for ALT@RT association, managing the production of ME-SA, cooperating with Tanec Praha Festival and Dance Film Festival, initiating dance and film projects and promoting the contemporary dance in different ways.

Martina Hajdyla Lacová

She graduated from J.L. Bell Conservatory in Banská Bystrica as well as from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Dance Pedagogy Department. In 2008, she participated in a half-year study programme in Hoger Instituut voor Dans in Antwerp, where she worked with an outstanding Belgian choreographer, Ann van den Broek.

From 2006 she has been working with Marta Poláková (SVK), Mirka Eliášová (CZE), Maya M. Carroll (ISR), Ji-Eun Lee (KOR), Šaŕka Ondrišová (SVK), Helene Weinzierl (AUT), Irina Andreeva (RUS), Rasmus Ölme (SWE). She is a founding member of dance group ME-SA (2008), with which she participated in Ediburgh Fringe Festival, among others.

Since 2009 she has been cooperating with the Slovak theatrical company Debris and the Norwegian choreographer Karen Foss, since 2011 with the Swiss company DA MOTUS! and the Czech dance company VerTeDance. She also works as a guest teacher in dance schools and studios over the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In 2015 she was granted Dance of the Year Award for her performance in SuperNaturals. For the performance in the solo projec L – One of the Seven was Martina Hajdyla Lacová nominated for prestigious czech Thálie Award 2016.

Guests

Andrej Petrovič

Stano Dobák

Lukáš Homola

Peter Šavel

Sebastian Belmar

Jan Komárek

Andrea Miltnerová

Lucia Kašiarová

Tereza Ondrová

Andrea Opavská

Rasmus Ölme

and others