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Milan Tomášik: Solo 2016
Co-production: KUD Cortesia and CD
Solo 2016 is a personal and at the same time a universal account of a dancer who, through a series of various emotional states, speaks about a world beyond the black box; about intimacy, sadness, trust and hope, beauty and terror. The dancer’s movement is the thread joining and connecting the past and the future with the present moment, in which everything changes while the body constantly traverses the space and time within and without the line of forces that violently intrude in our intimate space. The intertwinement (of styles and periods) in music functions as the body’s extension into space and dictates the change in muscle tensions that produce rhythm – as traces of movement in time. The border between the illuminating and the absorbing light is situated on the thin line between presence and fading, between the disappearing and the flowing [of life] outside and inside a closed space of [creation]. Solo 2016 is a reflection of a moment, uncatchable and at the same time timeless, which comes and is already gone; one has no strength to grab it.
After the solo performancesWithin (2006) and Off-Beat (2011), Solo 2016 by the Slovakian dancer, choreographer and dance pedagogue Milan Tomášik rounds off his trilogy of solo performances created in the last decade. In Slovenia, where he has worked since 2004, he has also created the following original performances: Baga-Basta (2008), 3NITI (2008), Displaced Body (2010) and, in the framework of Milan Tomášik & Co., Hunting Season (2014) and Silver Blue (2015). In 2012, he choreographed Veselosti minulosti, which was commissioned by the Slovak dance company Divadlo Štúdio tanca. He studied dance at the Conservatory of J.L. Bellu in Banska Bystrica and at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. In 2004, he graduated from P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels and received the prize of the city of Prievidza for promoting contemporary dance. He cooperated, among others, with En-Knap, Maja Delak, Mala Kline, Snježana Premuš, Barbara Novakovič Kolenc and Eva Weissmann. He is a member of the internationally established Les SlovaKs Dance Collective, with which he has made three performances since their establishment (2007): Opening Night, Journey Home and Fragments. As a pedagogue, he regularly teaches: SEAD (Salzburg), Scenekunstskole (Kobehavn), ADU (Zagreb). He has also led workshops in Prague, Bratislava, Ljubljana, Deltebre, Syros, Munich. More on: www.milantomasik.com.