behind the scenes

Section: Meet the Choreographers

Livia Balazova  (SK/CR)

28 – 29.07 | 17:00 – 19:00  

For information and registrations email to: [email protected]

::fragments of a woman, fragments of a body, fragments of a work:: During the masterclass Lívia will introduce to the participants the premises of her latest creative process: “Laboratory in the Shadow”. Lívia will work with the materialization of the work and at the same time its destruction. The quote from Louise Bourgeois: “I do, I undo, I redo,” very accurately describes this cyclical nature of creation. It is a process of creation, destruction and remaking. It is a process that captures the essence of the laboratory method of creation. During the proposed sessions we will challenge our body to its maximum needed power. And we’ll arrive to states of living stillness (sculpture) through high demand movement situations. Embodying stillness through intense movement.

Lívia MM Balážová

Her professional training includes academies such as the J. L. Bellu at Banská Bystrica in Slovakia, the SEAD Salzburg experimental dance academy in Austria, P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, Belgium.

She has worked with the Portuguese choreographer Rui Horta, with the French company Kubilai Khan, and in November 2012 she joined the renowned company Última Vez in Brussels. In November 2015 she founded the performing arts company Colectivo Priekopník Veverička resulting in several performances (#whateveristrendingnow, PRACH/POLVO, La Plancha) and collaborations around the world such as the co-creation with Slovak artistic collective MimoOs (DoDna, Millennial Magic Mirror) also with Honey and dust Company (EU.GENUS), with Divadlo Štúdio Tanca (Čin, Punk Pajama Party, SEN), with Divadlo K(Nefotografie, Neistota, Jaskyňa) and with Odivo (Vnorená/Immersed).

The performance Čin won the Dosky 2019 award in the category extraordinary performance in dance theater, and the performance Vnorená received 3 nominations for the Dosky 2022.

Also has shared her movement practice workshops Mindcross and Multipartnering-Infinite Synapses together with Zebastián in Germany, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Slovakia, Hungary, Mexico, Nicaragua, New York, Panama, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Russia, Austria and Greece.

In the year 2020 co-founded the RED Movement Network online training platform.


Short biography Colectivo Priekopník Veverička:

Colectivo Priekopník Veverička (in Slovak: Pioneer Squirrels) was born in 2015 with the Slovak Lívia Balážová MM and the Costa Rican Zebastián Méndez Marín as founding members, and as a result of an inescapable artistic connection that began in Ultima Vez, a mythical company directed by Wim Vandekybus, where they met as interpreters of the remake of What the body does not remember. They are a collective focused on contemporary scenic art, which seeks to break the stereotypical vision of the roles of interpreter and spectator in the scenic act, as well as transform the artistic practice through the pedagogy of movement and performing arts. They focus on pushing the boundaries of creation and professional artistic praxis, leaving aside academic labels and privileging human principles such as empathy, respect and the ability to reach agreements that celebrate the beauty of diversity.

For information and registrations email to: [email protected]

28 – 29 July

17:00 – 19:00

Livia Balazova | behind the scenes

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