TRANZMUTATION / Andrea Miltnerová & Jan Komárek

performance length: 30 min
no language barrier
TRANZMUTATION (Brutality of fact...)
Tranzmutation is another vain, yet all the more intense attempt by dancer Andrea Miltnerová to fly…

April performances are a part of Czech Dance Platform festival. Tickets aren't available at Alfred ve dvoře Theatre, but only at the PONEC theatre. Thanks for understanding.

Imagine that communication is not a thing of words, but of the body. And that the body does not speak in personal gestures, but through the energy of movement itself. It is precisely on this primal power of the body and the mounting energy of intuitively driven movement that Andrea Miltnerová and Jan Komárek have focussed. This movement composition is another step forward in the long-term dance research of this artistic duo. They search in Tranzmutation for new ways to shed what is normally considered dance movement. Their fragile tale is an invitation to the borderline between destructive potential and exhilaration: Tranzmutation is a tour of the borderlands between self-destruction and transcendence.

Director, lighting and sound designer: Jan Komárek
Dance: Andrea Miltnerová

Andrea Miltnerová
British dancer and choreographer of Czech origin, who lives in Prague. In addition to her contemporary dance creations, Andrea specialises in baroque dance and its creative fusion with other techniques. She was born and trained in London and came to Prague to dance with the Ballet of the National Theatre. She also collaborates as a performer with various Czech and foreign choreographers.

Her contemporary dance solo Dance of the Magnetic Ballerina was selected by the prestigious European network Aerowaves as one of their priority performances for 2013. It has been successfully presented at numerous festivals and theatres throughout Europe for example: Aerowaves Spring Forward (Zürich Tanzt), East Gate Europe 2 festival Denmark, Paradiso (Julidans) in Amsterdam, euro-scene Leipzig, Unidram Potsdam, Kammermachen Chemnitz, International Dance Festival Bonn, Crossroads Antwerp, International Theatre Festival Sibiu Romania, Plai International Music Festival in Timișoara Romania, Guerilla Light Festival in Ljubljana, Manipulate Edinburgh, The Place Theatre London and The Old Vic Theatre Bristol England and is invited to the Kuopio International Dance Festival in Finland and to Italy and France. Her deep interest in the baroque led her to collaborate on the reconstruction of baroque operas and to create her own performances based on movement analysis and ethnochoreographic research, for example The Baroque Body Revealed, Pentimento and Vertical Horizontal. She has worked as a director, choreographer and dancer with the early music ensembles Collegium 1704 and Collegium Marianum. She has danced in baroque operas at the National Theatre, at the baroque Castle Theatre in Český Krumlov and in festivals in Germany, Slovenia and Hungary. She is currently working with French choreographer Françoise Denieau, performing in her productions throughout France, including Paris (Opéra Comique) and Versailles (Opéra Royale), in Luxembourg, Switzerland (Lausanne), London (The Barbican) and Moscow (Bolshoi).

Jan Komárek
Jan Komárek studied painting and graphic design at the School of Applied Arts in Prague. He worked in various different fields, as well as composing music for theatre and puppet theatre. After emigrating to France, he formed Mimo Theatre, creating puppet theatre for both adults and children, performing himself as puppeteer and clown. In 1983 Jan moved to Toronto, Canada, where, together with composer Rainer Wiens he founded Sound Image Theatre, using actors as well as dancers and various performers to create image based, poetic performances with live music. He received several prestigious Dora Mayor Awards for Best Play, Best Set and Lighting Design and Best Music. He gradually started to work as lighting designer for other professional theatre companies, particularly in the dance field in Toronto and Montreal. In 2001, Jan moved back to Prague, where he became known on the alternative scene for his own shows and lighting design. He was voted ‛Theatre Personality of the Year 2009’ by the … příští vlna/next wave… Festival and was awarded first prize for Lighting Design by an international jury at the 2010 Tanec Praha Festival. In Jan’s creations, sound, light and movement are inseparable elements and are created together. He draws his inspiration from images, be they paintings, drawings or photographs, as well as from the look and personality of the individual performers.

Premiere: 14. 5. 2015, Alfred ve dvoře Theatre
Special thanks / Support: Motus, producers of the Alfred ve dvoře Theatre, Czech Ministry of Culture, Studio ALTA, Život umělce Foundation and Prague 7 City District.