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A confrontation of ideas about the ideal relationship and the reality of what it means to truly build a romantic relationship shaped into an expressive, bodily image.

“They got married and lived together till death did them part.”

In their latest project the Czech-Slovak duo of creators have embarked on a journey of discovery of various forms of romantic relationships which know no obstacles of age or gender. Two people, two bodies, two separate identities fighting for love and exploring the boundaries of humility and loss of identity, dependence and sharing, honesty and deceit, love and hate. A confrontation of ideas about the ideal relationship and the reality of what it means to truly build a romantic relationship shaped into an expressive, bodily image.

The movement between Tereza and Peter arises from constant communication between “you and I” in harmony and dissent, both gracefully and awkwardly. With humour and passion, open to one another and for one another, they embark together with the audience on a journey into relationships. Each seemingly hopeless situation is an impetus for returning to the question: Do you still want to hold my hand?

The project is an international co-production by Tanec Praha (CZ), NorrlandsOperan Umeå (SWE), Centre Chorégraphique National Roubaix – Ballet du Nord (FR) and Plesni Teater Ljubljana (SLO).

What the critics say

“As Long As Holding Hands is probably the most entertaining work about love in the field of expressional dance.”

Dominik Melichar, 22. 6. 2015, Divadelní noviny

 “The performance As Long As Holding Hands inventively deals with a topic, which one couldn´t even hope to see adapted unusually. Moreover, it does so with ease, humor and self-irony, which many representatives of alternative theatre lack.”

Vojtěch Poláček, 26. 6. 2015, kulturissimo.cz

Author

Tereza Ondrová, Peter Šavel

Premiere

21. 6. 2015

Lenght of the performance

55 min

Concept, choreography and dance

Tereza Ondrová, Peter Šavel

Dramaturgy

Bram Smeyers

Movement cooperation

Lucia Kašiarová

Outside eye

Karolína Hejnová

Light design

Ints Plavnieks

Costumes

Mariana Novotná

Produced by

danceWATCH / Karolína Hejnová

Main coproducer

Tanec Praha

Coproduction

NorrlandsOperan Umeå, CNC Roubaix – Ballet du Nord, Plesni Teater Ljubljana, ALT@RT

Supported by

Ministerstvo kultury ČR, Accueil studio / Ballet du Nord -­ Olivier Dubois/Centre Chorégraphique Nationale de Roubaix Nord - Pas de Calais

Nuber of travelling persons

4 (2 dancers, 1 ligth designer, 1 producer)

Ideal stage area

Middle, 10x10m

Contact

Karolína Hejnová

karolina.hejnova@gmail.com