PULS is a new form of presenting musical concerts in a kinetic dance show, which links modern interpretation of contemporary pieces and dance choreography. Contemporary musical performers and composers together with young choreographers and dancers use new opportunities to relate the movement of body and sound.
Pulsation, playfulness of movement, sound and the mechanics of the percussions influences and moves through the dance itself The body becomes the instrument, the instrument moves before your eyes. Pulse, beat, organism. The arm is the drumstick, the body beats. Impulses. Strong repertoire, artistic and emotional experience, atmosphere. Modern music, choreographic concert which inspires the body and makes energy flow.
PULS 2015 offers spectators an attractive selection of pieces for percussions accompanied by the choreography of Dana Pala (DANA PALA CREATIVITY) - Third construction from the composer John Cage, Night of Moon Dances - a crowd favorite by Eckhardt Kopetzki. The evening will be commenced by Rebonds B by Ianis Xenakis with an original kinetic performance by Monika Smidová. Anton Zdanovic will present the Czech premiere of Meditation no. 1 by Casey Cangelosi You will hear classics from the world of percussive music - animated Clapping music and Nagoya marimbas by Steve Reich. The choreography and performance will be done by Dana Pala, Monika Smidova, Dasa Horvathova, Helena Stavova and Petra Hajkova. The percussion instruments will be played by Jakub Tengler, Roman Zdanovic, Simon Vesely and
Ladislav Bilan under the direction of Dan Mikolasek. Anton Zdanovic will play solos for marimba and percussions.
The first PULS project is made possibly by the support of HAMU and the Zivot Umelce foundation.
Choreographer and dancer Dana Pala studied at The Dance Conservatory of the city of Prague and she gained a Masters in Choreography at HAMU under the supervision of Daniel Weisner and Jan Kodet. While studying she interned at The Institut del Teatre Barcelona and she applied her methods of dance pedagogy and choreography to her work with the actors at The Teatre SANS in Palma on Mallorca in 2013/14. In her own work she uses untraditional spaces and
she examines the possibilities of the connection of choreography with modern techniques and contemporary music in the Czech Republic and Spain. She put on a successful performance in ther Church Of The Sacred Heart in Prague. She is currently a choreographer of the Nightingale/Jolanta under director Dominik Beneš in the National Theatre in Prague. She has a prize for best choreographic dance project of 2014 from The Dance Association of the Baleares and her dance film Materia was in the final 15 internationally at Videodanza.
Musician, composer and a percussionist Anton Ždanovič is a member of the orchestra of The National Theater of Opera and Ballet in Minsk, Byelorussian Republic. He has introduced solo performances with a chamber orchestra of The Byelorussian State Chamber Philharmonic and he graduated in the percussion major at the Department of the Percussions at HAMU in Prague. He is a member of the Prague Chamber Philharmonic and The Philharmonic in Brno.
He is a host of the Berg band and an elite in his field. He has gained several international awards, for example:
2004 1st prize in the international competition “Muzyka nadzei” (Gomel, Byelorussia)
2006 3rd prize in the Byelorussian competition “Marimba-marathon” (Minsk, Byelorussia)
2007 2nd prize in the Byelorussian competition “Snare drum-marathon” (Minsk, Byelorussia)
2009 3rd prize in the Byelorussian competition “Timpani-marathon”
2012 2nd prize in the international competition “Eugen Coca” (Kišiněv, Moldavia) 2013 3rd prize in the international competition “Italy Percussion Competition,” category: Kettle Drum
The first PULS project was made with the support of The Musical Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and The Foundation Život Umělce.
Photography © Andrea Barcalová, Andrej Jurkovič