Imagine a world where you can’t progress despite your best efforts to push forward.Award winning contemporary dance company VerTeDance have created a beautifully poignant piece about our lack of freedom, reclusion and our power to make decisions. The cast weaves around their own shadows whilst a live modern minimalist soundtrack by Clarinet Factory builds a fluid tension.
Reflexes, slants and curvatures; pushing off, tipping and falling – every imbalance is corrected and brought back to equilibrium. With theatrics, choreographic moments and subtle humor, Correction shows that the attainment of freedom often goes hand in hand with loss. But above all, it shows that lack of freedom to decide can also result in comfort, relief, familiarity and devotion – even happiness.
About the author
VerTeDance are the only Czech company to have gained the most prestigious Czech award in the field, The Dance Piece of The Year, as many as three times: for Silent Talk in 2005, for What is the Weight of Your Desire in 2012 and for CORRECTION in 2014.
In 2015 VerTeDance was awarded BE Audience Award 2015 and Mess Festival Award 2015 atBE festival in Birmingham and also the prestigious Herald Angel Award 2015 at Edinburgh Fringe Festival – all of these for CORRECTION.
Jiří Havelka is director, author and actor who is living and working mainly in Prague. In 2003 he graduated from the Directing alternative and puppet theatre program in Jan Schmid's atelier at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU). Therefore not surprisingly, he focuses in his theatrical artwork on group improvisation as a method of conceiving unique original performances. His plays often balance between drama and alternative, even physical or art theatre. In the beginning he was engaged chiefly with Studio Ypsilon in Prague, where he conceived a number of thematically connected original pieces, together with generationally similar part of the ensemble. The most publicly acclaimed plays included a retro ride into the childhood “1203 aneb není mi smutno (2002)”, followed by a theatre play about theatre “Drama v kostce” (2005 – nominated for the Theatre newspaper award) and an experimental (in terms of time) “Kam vítr tam plášť” (2008 nominated for the Theatre Newspaper award in the Alternative theatre category), which brought windsurfing on the scene.
In 2008 he received the Alfred Radok award in the Talent Of The Year category.
Imagine a music workshop or laboratory, to which a little clarinet, some classical music education, a little ethno, jazz and supposing also some minimalism is mixed in. You deliver a taste for improvisation, buy the most modern electronics and technology, invite interesting guests and then start doing research, creating, and mainly communicating with the audience.
A particular genre will emerge from the environment which you have thus created, a genre which can have various things in common with the established term crossover, but more appropriately should be expressed as „music without borders".
What the critics say
“This is innovation with a true purpose, performed at a pitch of nuanced prowess that is magnificent.”
“A truly elevating piece of dance-theatre, in every way, that might even change the way you see the world.”
„Edinburgh Fringe 2015 dance: Best performances from Sylvie Guillem to Correction.“
"A perfect portrayal of humanity…"
Jiří Havelka & VerTeDance
4. 2. 2014
Lenght of the performance
Choreography and dance
Veronika Knytlová / Marta Trpišovská, Tereza Ondrová, Martina Hajdyla Lacová / Helena Arenbergerová, Karolína Hejnová, Robo Nižník, Jaro Ondruš / Rado Piovarči, Petr Opavský / Michael Vodenka
Costume and Scene Design
VerTeDance o.s., danceWATCH / Karolína Hejnová
City of Prague, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Foundation Život umělce, METROSTAV a.s., Tanec Praha NGO / Ponec - The Dance Venue, Čtyři dnyo.s. and ALT@RT o.s.
Awards and special mentions
Czech Theater DNA Award 2016
HERALD ANGEL AWARD 2015
AUDIENCE AWARD AT BE FESTIVAL 2015
MESS FESTIVAL AWARD 2015
TOTAL THEATRE AWARD 2015 NOMINATION
Dance Piece of the Year Prize 2014
Theater News Prize 2014
Best Light Design 2014
Number of travelling persons
12 (7 dancers, 2 musicians, 1 light designer, 1 sound technician, 1 producer)
Ideal stage area
Middle / minimum stage size: 9m wide x 6m deep