ME-SA / Martina Hajdyla, Eliška Brtnická, Jana Stárková

07. 04.
Alfred ve dvoře

Tremula is the first encounter on the stage between acrobat Eliška Brtnická and dancer Martina Hajdyla. Along with director Jana Stárková, they search for intersections in their artistic approaches within pure physicality, developing them further in collaboration with composer Ian Mikyska and visual artist Pavel Havrda.

Are we at the beginning or at the end? The final tremors, a fire dying out… a calamity of the elements or an ecstatic state? A state of absolute happiness or immeasurable suffering? Or simply daily exhaustion brought about by the mundanity of the everyday?
We must rest. Stay put for a while.
Where only moments ago a fire raged, it is now quiet. Bodies are exhausted, time has slowed down.
Finally rest. But how long can one endure it?

Perception of time changes in living organisms. Our aim is to be as fast and productive as possible, yet we see value in permanence and durability.
The root system we grow out of forms the foundation of our existence. We support each other and create a society. The malleable bodies that acquire strength over the course of the journey become stable supporting pillars.

“The leaf withers on the aspen,
once it withers, down it falls.
If I too whither so,
will I fall when I whither?”

Czech folk song

Martina Hajdyla

is a Slovak dancer, choreographer, and teacher based in Prague. She graduated from the Conservatory of J. L. Bella in Banská Bystrica and  completed a master’s degree in dance pedagogy at the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where she is currently studying for a PhD. She is a founding member and artistic director of the ME-SA independent dance platform. In 2015, she received the Dancer of the Year award for her performance in SuperNaturals, and in 2023 the Czech Centres Award for SOFT SPOT. She was nominated for a Thalia Award in 2016 for her performance in L / One of the Seven. Martina explores dance as a concept; as a component of communication and interaction; as the natural movement of the human body.

Eliška Brtnická

is an acrobat, performer, and director. She studied Nonverbal Theatre at HAMU in Prague, where she also completed her PhD. In 2017, she participated in a year-long course of circus dramaturgy. In recent years, she has placed a greater focus on the visual aspect of her productions (including collaborations with the Benedikt Rejt Gallery in Louny and the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague), site-specific works, and documentary approaches. She received a Thalia nomination in 2022 for her performance in Hang Out. In 2023, she received the main award at the Czech Dance Platform for her performance Thin Skin.

Jana Stárková

is a director, dramaturg, and teacher; founder and artistic director of the Špatné divadlo (Bad Theatre) platform. She is involved in Unlock the City! European project aimed at exploring the dramaturgy of public spaces. She has also collaborated on projects such as Kulturunezastavis and Televize Naživo and productions including Lavabo, Ó, Effugio, Euchrid, and others. She worked as a dramaturg with Cirk La Putyka and location manager for PQ Performances at the 2023 Prague Quadriennale. Her work generally concerns movement- and dance-based circus. Jana is a proud member of the Veselé chvíle choir.

Ian Mikyska

is a composer that mostly works on the borders of sound, creating installations, texts, theatre performances, videos… He studied composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, participated in exchanges at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and the Centre for Audiovisual Studies at FAMU, and also studied a postgraduate degree in directing of alternative and puppet theatre at DAMU in Prague. He co-founded the ensembles Stratocluster and Prague Quiet Music Collective. He collaborates with various theatre-makers (the National Theatre, Divadlo na zábradlí, Alfred ve dvoře, NoD, X10). He is interested in the contrast between perceptual and conceptual listening; impermanence; contemplation and a relationship with sound as a relationship to the world and nature.

Pavel Havrda

is a visual artist. He is a graduate of the studio of digital and interactive media at the Faculty of Art and Design at Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem. He is also a graduate of the editing programme at the London College of Communication. His art explores the development of structuring processes of organic forms over the course of their transformation in space and time. His work oscillates between various media and is often processual and ephemeral. He frequently uses found objects from which he extracts generally applicable patterns. In addition to work in galleries, he is also active in theatre and music. He has long-standing relationships with several theatre directors with whom he collaborates as a light designer, projection designer, or scenographer.

CONCEPT AND CREATION: Martina Hajdyla, Eliška Brtnická, Jana Stárková INTERPRETATION: Martina Hajdyla / Markéta Vacovská, Eliška Brtnická MUSIC: Ian Mikyska

SCENOGRAPHY AND LIGHT DESIGN: Pavel Havrda COSTUMES: Petra Vlachynská MUSIC PERFORMED BY: Ian Mikyska, Jakub Švejnar / Jaroslav Čermín Noga MOVEMENT COLLABORATOR: Kristián Mensa TECHNICAL SUPPORT: Sebastián Vích  PHOTO: Alex Chudá, Vojtěch Brtnický, Michal Hančovský GRAPHIC: Jozef Ondrík SOCIAL MEDIA: Alice Krajčírová  PRODUCTION: Eva Roškaňuková, Jiří Hajdyla / ME-SA CO-PRODUCTION: Studio ALTA

PROJECT PARTNERS: Cirqueon,, SE.S.TA FINANCIALLY SUPPORTED BY: Prague City Hall, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, State Cultural Fund of the Czech Republic

PREMIERE: 19. 10. 2023, Alta, Praha DURATION: 50 min AGE: Adults

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