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choreography, set design: Fernando Hernando Magadan
music: Franz Schubert
composition: Fernando Hernando Magadan, Harmen Straatman
costumes design, realization: Carlijn Petermeijer
lighting design: Peter Lemmens
text: inspired by All the stories by Dora Garcia's Inserts in Real Time
premiere: Korzo/NDT, 2014
The work is based on the true story of Santiago, a mental patient with Capgras Delusion, a type of Schizophrenia where the person becomes convinced that a family member has been replaced by an identical imposter. In a delusional fit, Santiago killed his wife, whom he deeply loved. For the following fifteen years he spent in prison, he wrote a letter to his wife every single day, convinced she was still alive. Today he still looking for his wife. Inspired by this story and many other extraordinary stories, this work explores the line between reality and fiction, health and insanity, and the deceiving characteristics of appearances.
Fernando Hernando Magadan is a Spanish dancer and choreographer who originally trained as a professional gymnast becoming a national champion. He studied at the Madrid’s Royal Conservatory of Dance and the London Studio Centre before enrolling at the Central School of Ballet in London. After dancing for one year in Santamaria Dance Company, he joined the Nederlands Dans Theater 2 in 2001, and one year later nominated for ‘Outstanding Male Artist’ at the Critic’s Circle National Dance Awards. He was invited to join the Nederlands Dans Theater 1 in 2004, where he danced until 2016. As a choreographer, he created pieces for NDT 1 and 2, the Curve Foundation Dance Company in Scotland, Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago, Cross Connection Ballet Company in Copenhagen, Ballet Mainz, Donlon Dance Company, Vancouver’s Ballet BC and The Hague’s Korzo Theater. At the moment, he is working as a rehearsal director for NDT 2 and is focusing on his work as a freelance choreographer. He collaborates with the NDT Education Department and has coordinated the NDT choreographic workshop Switch for several years.
choreography, music: Hofesh Shechter
costume design: Linda Chow and Bodytraffic
lighting design: Chahine Yavroyan
premiere: The Joyce Theater, New York, NY 2015
“Dust” takes a dark look at the powers that steer us in today’s society. The lithe choreography for six dancers is enhanced by a rich soundtrack composed by Shechter himself.
Hofesh Shechter is recognized as one of the UK’s most exciting artists and is renowned for composing the musical scores for his dance creations with his raw, atmospheric music complimenting his Company’s unique physicality. Hofesh graduated from the Jerusalem Academy for Dance and Music before moving to Tel Aviv to join the world renowned Batsheva Dance Company, where he worked with artistic director Ohad Naharin and other choreographers including Wim Vandekeybus, Paul Norton, Tero Saarinen and Inbal Pinto. He began drum and percussion studies whilst in Tel Aviv and continued later in Paris at the Agostiny College. Subsequently, he began experimenting and developing his own music while participating in various projects in Europe involving dance, theatre and body-percussion. In 2002 Shechter arrived in the UK. After tremendous success with works like “Fragments”, “Cult” and “Uprising”, he was commissioned by The Place, Southbank Centre and Sadler’s Wells, to create “In your rooms” which was presented at all three venues in 2007 and culminated in sold-out shows at Sadler’s Wells. In 2008, Shechter formed Hofesh Shechter Company and since then the Company can be found performing throughout Europe, Asia, North America and Australia, reaching audiences in many of the world’s leading dance venues. Recent tours have included South America and the Middle East with the global appetite for Shechter’s work continuing with his later creations like “The Art of Not Looking Back”, “Political Mother”, “Survivor” and “Sun”. Alongside his work for Hofesh Shechter Company, his works have been taken into the repertory of many UK and international dance companies including Cedar Lake Ballet (New York), Carte Blanche (Norway), Bern Ballet, Scottish Dance Theatre, CandoCo (UK) and Nederlands Dans Theater. The Hofesh Shechter Company was presented twice at the Belgrade Dance Festival (“Political Mother”and “Sun”).
Private Games: Chapter 1
choreography: Anton Lachky
music: Joseph Haydn, Johann S. Bach
costume design: Raquel Barreto, Anton Lachky & Bodytraffic
lighting design: Burke Wilmore
premiere: The Joyce Theater, New York, NY 2017
“Private Games: Chapter 1”uses high-octane movement and penetrating imagery to bring the audience into a mysterious and explosive world.
Anton Lachky was born in 1982, and studied at J.L.Bellu Conservatory, University of Bratislava and P.A.R.T.S. He became member of Akram Khan Company in 2004 and followed a long international tour of “MA” (48 countries all over the world). Anton Lachky is co-founder of Les SlovaKs Dance Collective. “Mind a Gap” (2013) was his first autonomous creation and it toured all over the world, also presented at the Belgrade Dance Festival. As a guest choreographer, he made “Perfect Day To Dream”, which won best choreography of 2012 in Iceland for Iceland Dance Company. He has also created choreographies for the Biennale of Venice, and for the Scottish Dance Theater, Helsinki City Theater and Prague’s DOT 504. As a teacher, he has been invited to most of the European countries and has been teaching in Asia, North and South America.
Bodytraffic is a world-class contemporary dance company, known internationally for its Los Angeles grown, contagious vivacity. Founded in 2007 by Lillian Rose Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett, Bodytraffic continues to push boundaries and establish Los Angeles as a city known for dance. The company is deeply committed to producing acclaimed works by distinctive choreographic voices, all while surging to the forefront of the contemporary dance world. Bodytraffic’s diverse repertory includes original works by Kyle Abraham, StijnCelis, Barak Marshall, Ohad Naharin, Matthew Neenan, Arthur Pita, Victor Quijada, Hofesh Shechter, Richard Siegal... Bodytraffic seamlessly pays homage to traditional styles and techniques, while forging the way for contemporary dance of today. The company has performed for sold-out audiences at prestigious theaters and festivals around the world.
artistic directors: Lillian Rose Barbeito & Tina Finkelman Berkett
dancers: Tina Finkelman Berkett, Joseph Davis, Haley Heckethorn, Natalie Leibert, Jessica Liu, Guzmán Rosado, Jamal White
BODYTRAFFIC has received generous support from the New England Foundation for the Arts, Princess Grace Foundation, The Joyce Theater Foundation, The Sydney D. Holland Foundation, Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, American Jewish University, Loyola Marymount University, and The Agency.