Memories of what was, and pleasure from what is now. That is what we present on stage. We play, listen to each other, propose and mostly dance together — thereby telling our stories. Individual - collective, emotions, our Slovak feeling and physical humour. Sharing. Sharing with the audience what is between us, our ways of being, the friendship, and our history. Being attentive to every detail, every gesture. Little means a lot. It is about listening and sensitivity for each other. Inside - outside. Composing and performing at the same time. We get inspired from music. A lot!
In 2006 Les Slovaks dance collective started to work on their first creation “Opening Night”. This experience (a 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 “Opening Night” Les SlovaKs aligned themselves on intersecting axes such as abstract-concrete, on purpose - by chance, fun - boredom, on - off, dancing - non dancing, with - against, and inside - outside.
By making these basic principles of the individual and the group a dynamic part of their compositional system, Les SlovaKs' work becomes utterly transparent and the audience is invited to witness the humour in disagreement, the momentum of consensus, and the rigor of personal investment that constitute the trial and error of creating a performance together. The decisions that take place throughout the process continue onstage, and in the moment of performance the public becomes an important part of the calculation.
The music is a vital part of their stage reality. It is a place where the references in the dance are folded into a score that meets the dance from another perspective.
In Opening Night LesSlovaKs developed their rich collaboration with musician and composer Simon Thierree.
CHOREOGRAPHY AND DANCE BY: Les SlovaKs Dance Collective: Martin Kilvady, Peter Jasko, Anton Lachky, Milan Herich, Milan Tomášik COMPOSITION AND LIVE MUSIC: Simon Thierrée SET DESIGN: Les SlovaKs Dance Collective LIGHTING DESIGN: Hans Valcke, Joris De Bollee COSTUME DESIGN: Mat Voorter, Pepa Martinez TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Joris De Bolle PRODUCTION: PHILEAS PRODUCTIONS - ulti‘mates / ULTIMA VEZ COPRODUCTION: Teatre Mercat de les Flors (Spain),Fondazione Musica per Roma (Italy) PARTNERS: DCJ — Dans Centrum Jette (Belgium), BUDA Kunstencentrum (Belgium)