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17th International Festival of Contemporary Dance



Thursday, 22nd October 2017, 18:00 - Zlín Municipal Theatre

420PEOPLE & Please The Trees

The ensemble describes the performance as the "Best of" collection from the performances of 420PEOPLE in the last four years. You will recognize moments from choreographies such as MirageWind-UpSacrebleu and REEN.

420PEOPLE belongs to an elite of the Czech contemporary dance scene, so you can look forward to a vibrant, dynamic and perfectly motion-driven dance. Thanks to the fact that several choreographies blend together in this concept, the performance alternates between faster and slower passages that are both content-intesive and lightweight and include humor as well as exaggeration.

The unique nature of the evening will be underlined by the connection of 420PEOPLE with the Czech alternative-rock band, Please the Trees, which will accompany the performances live. The band has its originality on the contemporary Czech music scene and in 2013 won the Anděl Music Award for Best Alternative Performance.

Andrew Skeels - FLEETING 

"The choreography Fleeting mixes baroque music and contemporary dance, creating a beautiful, technically perfect work full of emotions that goes straight into the heart." This is how Sophie Jouve, a critic for Culture Box magazine, described the performance and she did not hesitate to use the term "choreographic jewel". The American choreographer Andrew Skeels joins classical Baroque music with less classical forms of dance. The performance is based on the ballet, yet it combines elements of both contemporary and street dance.

The name Fleeting refers to the subtle, the momentary and the evanescent. Those are the feelings that baroque music conveys according to Skeels and they very well describe the tiny little pleasures that permeate our everyday lives. Two French artists - Noemie Ettlin and Victor Virnot - will perform the show.

During six sequences, you will be able to experience everything that can happen within a couple's life. At moments when the body and soul of the dancers curve around each other, you will be left breathless, you will feel like you are in a state of weightlessness. The choreography is poetically graceful, sensitive and fragile, tension are replaced by moments of relaxation. A significant role is played by the choice of music - Skeels turned to classic composers such as Johann S. Bach, A. Vivaldi, Georg F. Haendel, Giovanni Bononciniand others.

Total length of the performance: 120 min