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OFF-BEAT
2012/07/22

OFF-BEAT

Koncept, koreografija i plesna izvedba / Concept, choreography and dance: Milan Tomášik
Dramaturgija / Dramaturgy: Samo Gosarič
Glazba / Music: Janez Krstnik Dolar, Sašo Kalan
Oblikovanje svjetla / Light design: Luka Curk
Kostimografija i scenografija / Costumes and stage design: Jasna Vastl
Glazbeni savjetnik / Adviser for musicology: Lidija Podlesnik Tomášiková
Produkcija / Production: PHILEAS PRODUCTIONS (Belgium), Plesni Teater Ljubljana (Slovenia), Muzeum Institute (Slovenia)
Koprodukcija / Coproductions: STUK (Belgium), Stanica Žilina-Záriečie (Slovakia), Ex Ponto International Festival of Performing Arts (Slovenia)

TO CONFRONT BREATHING WITH THE RHYTHM OF MUSIC, THE MOVEMENT IMPULSES OF A CONTEMPORARY DANCER WITH BAROQUE MUSIC, TO ENTER INTO A DIALOGUE WITH THE ORIGINATORS OF MODERN DANCE. IN HIS DANCE SOLO OFF-BEAT, MILAN TOMÁŠIK EXPLORES A CONTEMPORARY DANCER’S RELATION TO RHYTHM, PLACING HIS INHALE AND EXHALE IN RELATION TO THE CODED RHYTHMICAL STRUCTURES OF BAROQUE MUSIC AND SIMULTANEOUSLY MOVING BETWEEN THE EXTERNAL INFLUENCES FROM THE HISTORY OF DANCE AND THE INNER CONCENTRATION OF A DANCER.

About the creative process...
"(…) this time we are interested in the close relation between music and dance in Baroque: in connecting the rhythmical motifs of this music with the bodily rhythms of breathing and walking as well as the visual rhythm of dance. If I consider Baroque music and dance as a possible point of origin, I would describe it above all as a time in which the dancing and the watching of dance separated and I think this performance captures both aspects. This is probably why Off-beat has always struck me as a performance on the membrane between the inner and the outer world, between the dancer’s improvisation in a particular moment and his confrontation with the audience, between the audience experiencing the performance and the audience watching and being watched."
Samo Gosarič, dramaturge

Milan Tomášik, born in Slovakia, currently working in Slovenia and Belgium, studieddance at the Conservatory J. L. Bellu in Banská Bystrica and at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. In 2004, he graduated from P.A.R.T.S, Brussels directed by Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker. In 2001, he participated in Vienna’s ImpulsTanz festival with a Dance Web scholarship and went on tour with the Dutch company MAPA. In 2004, he received the Prize of the City Prievidza for representing contemporary dance at home and abroad. In Slovenia, he has created the solo Within (PTL, 2006), Baga-Basta in collaboration with Alexander Gottfarb (PTL, 2008), 3NITI, a show for 3 female performers (Flota, 2008), the multimedia performance Displaced Body in collaboration with Jelena Milovanović (Aksioma, 2010) and the solo Off-Beat. Also, in SLO he has collaborated with several established authors; Iztok Kovač (Mozart-Hype as I Wanna Be, 2005), Maja Delak and Mala Kline (Gallery of Dead Women, 2005), Snježana Premuš (You, 2007), Barbara Novakovič Kolenc (Winter‘s Tale, 2007). Milan is a co-founder and active member of the currently very successful Les SlovaKs Dance Collective. With them, he created two dance performances (Opening Night and Journey Home), and from 2007 performed and toured in Europe, Africa, Middle and North America.

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