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<Dreamers> by Anton Lachky <Process Day> by Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar

choreographer
Scottish Dance Theatre
date
May 18 (Wed) 19 (Thu) 8PM
theater
Arko Arts Theater, Main Hall
Scottish Dance Theatre is Scotland’s national contemporary dance company. Under the direction of Fleur Darkin, the company is committed to producing excellent and daring work that is led by the power of the dancing body. Scottish Dance Theatre commissions the most exciting choreographers – from all over the world – to make bold new works on our committed team of outstanding dancers. The company tours throughout Scotland, nationally and internationally with recent tours in USA, China, India, Mexico and many European countries.
 
Artistic Director Fleur Darkin
Head of Rehearsal & Movement Research Thomas Goodwin
Executive Producer Liam Sinclair
Stage Manager Katy Steele
Head of Production Emma Jones
Company Technician Adam McCall
Senior Dancer Matthew Robinson, Jori Kerremans
Dancer Amy Hollinshead, Artur Grabarczyk, Aya Steigman, Francesco Ferrari, Audrey Rogero, Josh Wild, Astrid Sweeney, Christopher Radford(Guest Dancer)
Tour and Projects Producer Aiyana D’Arcangelo
International Producer Nelson Fernandez

  Running Time
< Dreamers >   30min
 Intermision     15min
< Process Day >  40min
 
 
< Dreamers >
 
Choreography by Anton Lachky
Premiered at Dundee Rep, Scotland in February 2015
 
DREAMERS are people who dare to dream while not being asleep.  Lachky takes pleasure in making sense from nonsense and exploring links between reality and surrealism.  His work is developed around the unique physicality of the performers, highlights the beauty and power of the moving body and intertwines it with his quirky and humorous style.
 
In Dreamers, Anton Lachky is interested in creating a new idea of what reality is and how we define it by making sense from nonsense and exploring links between reality and surrealism. He challenges our subconscious impulses that allow us to slip into dream-like fantasies where we are in complete control even when we’re awake. DREAMERS are people who dare to dream while not being asleep.
His process starts in meeting the dancers, letting them improvise to discover their personalities and physicality and exaggerating, twisting and shaping these to create physical, cartoon-like caricatures in his unique quirky humorous style. His interest in shaping the body, to create any form you wish
it to be, results in a highly physical work. From high speed group movements to intimate duets set to beautiful classical excerpts from Bach, Verdi, Haydn, Chopin and Vanhal, the sheer strength, beauty and power of the dancers is exposed.
 
Anton Lachky was awarded with Gríman, the Icelandic Performance Arts Awards, for best choreography in 2011.


Anton Lachky Biog
Born in 1982, Anton started to dance at the age of 5, in the folk dance company Maly Vtácnik. He continued his dance education at the J.L.Bellu Conservatory in Banská Bystrica, where he collaborated with friends and also participated in M.A.P.A. (Moving Academy for Performing Arts).  From there he went on to train at the University of Bratislava in 2001, followed by further training at P.A.R.T.S., headed by A.Teresa de Keersmeaker (Belgium).
Anton became member of Akram Khan Company in March 2004 and followed long international tour of "MA" (48 countries all over the world) for two years.
His teaching activities are wide ranging, he has been invited in most of the european countries and has been teaching in Asia and North and South America too.
Anton Lachky is co-founder of Les SlovaKs Dance Collective. They created their first piece "Opening Night" in 2006 and premiered it in October 2007.
As a choreographer, Anton Lachky created different pieces. "Mind a Gap" (2013) was his first autonomous creation and it toured all over the world.
As a guest choreographer he made "Softand hard" - Helsinki City Theater, "Heaven is the place" - Prague DOT 504, "Perfect Day To Dream" (which won best choreography of 2012 in Iceland) - Iceland Dance Company, "Kids in a play" (nominated for the best choreography) - Zagreb, "Sens Interdit" - Bodhi Project (SEAD), "Magical Road" - St-Gallen. In 2014 he will create "wonderland" for the Gottenborg Ballet and choreographies for the Biennale of Venice, and for the Scotish dance theater,
He is currently preparing his next creation "It's all about the pills" which will premiere in April 2015.

REVIEW 
The Scotsman ★★★★
“intoxicating opening”
“Lachky’s choreography is like a pencil flying across the page, producing quick-witted movements that captivate”
“sublime soundtrack of Bach, Vivaldi, Haydn, Chopin and Vanhal, expertly chosen to match the mood throughout”
 
DURA ( Dundee University Review of The Arts)
“a narrative of competitive performative  bravau, comically framed”
“The high octane routines and the physical plasticity of their bodies are a revelation”
“Rogero, bodily passive but with an incredible plasticity of facial contortion, played to the gallery”
“exuberant and joyous, and the music and dance performances skilfully put together”
“It also reminds me of how lucky we are to have the company resident in Dundee”
 
The Herald ★★★★
 “showcases the talents, versatility, and technical elan of the current company”
“has technicolour bounce and a larky comic energy”
“Lachky sets it leaping, spinning and exploding into witty, mercurial movement “
 
< Process Day >
 
Created by Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar
Premiered at Dundee Rep, Scotland in February 2016

 
Award-winning Sharon Eyal and music producer and artist Gai Behar have created a stream of critically acclaimed, original works for some of the world's leading companies, including Batsheva Dance, Nederlands Dans Theater and Carte Blanche.
 
Process Day is a sensory experience that transforms the dancers into sleek, androgynous, nocturnal beings guided through the shadows by the primal yet futuristic beats of Ori Lichtik’s intense techno soundtrack. Veiled by haze and shadows, the smouldering movements of these provocative figures are strong, erotically charged, and rhythmic. Austere and sensual, the dancers seem as statues brought to life - where legs disappear in the dim light leaving only a floating set of torsos twitching and jerking. Pulsating movements and tiny tremors visibly coursing through limbs bond bodies into clusters of shared ecstasy and capture the personal, yet universal, drive of striving for fulfilment and release.
 
Darkly delightful, Process Day combines cutting-edge contemporary dance choreography with club culture and leaves you feeling its grip long after the piece is over.
 
SHARON EYAL- Dancer & Creator
Sharon Eyal was born in Jerusalem. She danced with the Batsheva Dance Company from 1990 until 2008 and began choreographing within the framework of the company’s Batsheva Dancers Create project.  Eyal served as Associate Artistic Director of Batsheva between 2003-2004, and House Choreographer of the company between 2005-2012.
In 2009 Eyal began creating pieces for other dance companies in the world: Killer Pig (2009) and Corps de Walk (2011) for Carte Blanche Dance of Norway; Too Beaucoup (2011) for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Plafona (2012) for Tanzcompagnie Oldenburg, Germany.
In 2013 Eyal launches L-E-V with her long-time collaborator Gai Behar. This October, they premiered Untitled Black in collaboration with the Goteborgs Operans Danskompani in Gothenburg, Sweden.
 Eyal is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2004 Ministry of Culture Award for young dance creators and the 2009 Landau Prize for the Performing Arts in the dance category. In 2008, she was named a Chosen Artist of the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation.

GAI BEHAR - Creator
As a party producer, Gai was taking a big part of Tel Aviv nightlife scene as well as a curator of multidisciplinary art events from 1999 till 2005. Gai joined Sharon in co-creating Bertolina in 2005 and has collaborated on the creation of Sharon Eyal ever since. 
 
ORI LICHTIK - Musician
Ori Lichtik is a multifaceted musician, drummer and creative DJ. Since their first collaboration on Bertolina, Lichtik has created alongside Gai and Sharon throughout the choreographic process, reflecting off of the dancers’ movements, and as often inspiring and prompting them with the tone and pace of his percussive sounds and rhythms. The compositions result in precise sets that structure the works. Each live show is then improvised with fresh layers of digitally manipulated effects, creating a unique sound experience for every event.
One of the founding fathers of the techno scene in Israel, he has created, produced and spinned musical productions, techno raves and various other music and performance events since 1996. During the last decade Lichtik has taught and coordinated the DJ Department of Muzik, college for musical productions.

REVIEW
The Scotsman ★★★★
“I loved every last twitching, jerking, pulsating second of it”
“the company has never looked better”
“Never, for one moment, does the dancers’ confidence waver.”
“Fascinating, and utterly absorbing.”


The Herald ★★★★★
“Your imagination tingles: this is bold, breath-taking stuff performed by a company at the top of its game.”

The Edinburgh Guide.com ★★★★
“the future of dance appears to be in safe hands and is looking good.”