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"A little less conversation, a little more action please."
Elvis Presley
 

Absolute happiness? There is no such thing. Like hell, paradise is not a place but a state of mind. Movement and the pure joy of it. The feeling of omnipotence. The moment when the energy of the stars and the universe spikes. A single second is enough for you to know. It is over within an eye's wink. Pleasure, indulgence, passion, joy and charm.

About the author

Václav Kuneš started to work as a freelancer in 2004 after 11 years with the NDT. Before establishing the dance company 420PEOPLE together with Nataša Novotná in 2008 in Prague, he worked as a dancer and choreographer around the world. The first piece for 420PEOPLE, Small hour, gained many awards and nominations and remained on the repertory ever since. Other works include Golden Crock, REEN, Wind-up, May, Mirage, Inferno - Variations on Dante and the most recent Paradiso.
Seven years after the first show in Prague, 420PEOPLE are an established and sought after label both in the Czech Republic and abroad. To the Czech public they have mediated the work of important names of the international scene, from Kylián to Naharin, from Teshigawara to Van den Broek. The focal point of the company's activities remains the original creation of the founding tandem Václav Kuneš and Nataša Novotná, artists insisting on exceptional level of dance interpretation and professionalism.

 

What the critics say

“Not a single person on stage not to match the profile of a strong individuality with original movement vocabulary.”

Johana Mücková, Czech Television, April 2016

“(...) We’re naming Vojtěch Rak as one to watch on the local dance scene, contributing strong performances to (…) Paradiso. He incorporates boundless energy and effortless stage presence with a smooth fluidity and talent for isolating a single part of the body. He blends influences of animation, break dance, and acrobatics with contemporary sensibilities (…)”

Opus Osm, April 2016 http://opusosm.com/2016/05/09/opus-osm-minutkaportrait-paradiso/

Author

Václav Kuneš & the dancers

Premiere

April 2016

Lenght of the performance

30 min

Choreography

Václav Kuneš & the dancers

Performed by

Nikol Šneiderová, Lukáš Lepold, Vojtěch Rak

Music

Owen Belton (CAN), Elvis vs. JXL - A Little Less Conversation

Costumes / Styling

Olo Křížová

Light design

Jan Mlčoch

Sound director

Eva Hamouzová

Set design

Václav Kuneš, Jana Preková (wall design)

Nuber of travelling persons

6 (choreographer, performers, technician, production manager)

Ideal stage area

11 x 11 m

Contact

Marta Lajnerová
info@420people.org

The piece is produced by 420PEOPLE z.s. in co-operation with Jatka78, the National Theatre in Prague and the festival Montpellier Danse within a residency offered at Agora, cité internationale de la danse. The activities of 420PEOPLE are supported with a 1.050.000 Kč subsidy in 2016 from the City of Prague and by grants from the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and the Foundation BNP Paribas.