Running away, fleeing, a mad dash that never stops. At least once in our lives we all experience the feeling of being a fugitive. We run. Five dancers fighting with their own power and one invisible sniper in the audience. An artwork that emerges on the scene via a barrage of colours. If you don't run, you will die. Memories of people in danger in Sarajevo and the Maidan in Kyiv, and of people in crisis situations in the Middle East. The threat can come from anywhere and at any time. Spitfire Company is looking for a new language of the body built on running and its variations. The rhythmic structure recalling the choreography of act two of Swan Lake in a piece by American composer Sivan Eldar.
Since the Second World War there have never been so many migrants on the move as there are today. They aren't only running away from something, but to something. Fear and hope. The unseen threat is an inseparable part of our reality. It paralyzes us, but also triggers reactions, where one overcomes oneself.
There are two Czech words for refugee "uprchlík" and "běženec" and they have their roots in verbs meaning to escape or to run. Running becomes the essence of choreography. Just as in our lives. After the acclaimed presentation of the performance One Step Before the Fall examining the themes of exhaustion and Parkinson's disease and Animal Exitus examining the theme of trauma, Spitfire Company again embarks on the thin border of the battle which one must wage with oneself in order to defend one's own dignity.
Directed by and choreographed by: Miřenka Čechová
Concept and dramaturgy: Petr Boháč
Stage design: Petr Boháč
Costume design: Petra Vlachynská
Performed by: Cécile Da Costa, Markéta Vacovská / Markéta Jandová, Jiří Bartovanec, Amy Margaret Pender, Katja Schia Henriksen
Music : Sivan Eldar
Music interpreted by: Clarinet Factory
Light design: Martin Špetlík
Producers: Tereza Havlíčková, Ludmila Vacková, Marianne Bilger
Manager of the project: Ludmila Vacková
Photography: Vojtěch Brtnický, Martin Mařák
Design: Eva Chudemelová
Production: Bezhlavi z.s. (Spitfire Company) and Baerum Kulturhus
Supported by: The Sniper’s Lake project: CZ06/ programme area: Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Arts benefits from 3,2 million CZK grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants. The aim of the programme and project is to promote diversity in culture and arts within European cultural heritage.