Premiere on November 24th 2015 in La Fabrika Theatre / Prague
Choreography and directing: Lenka Vagnerová
Music: Ivan Acher
TEASER / TRAILER
Gossip, blather, slander, misinformation or rumours are a cross-cultural phenomenon of humanity. The power and punch sound of the word uttered in the form of slanderis often more powerful than the gun. It spreads at great speed, it cannot be resisted, it can easily injure, discredit, turn a life around without any physical contact. Slander is faster than light and often upon us before it arises. We feed it and we deform, we need it and condemn.
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS:
- THALIA AWARD 2015 nomination for Andrea Opavská
- THALIA AWARD 2015 nomination for Ivo Sedláček
- TALENT of the Year 2015 / NOMINATION for Ivo Sedláček / Svět a Divadlo
- Four NOMINATIONS Opera Plus AUDIENCE AWARD 2016:
the best DANCER : Fanny Barrouquére, Andrea Lamešová-Opavská, Ivo Sedláček
the best CHOREOGRAPHY: Lenka Vagnerová
Concept and choreography: Lenka Vagnerová
Music: Ivan Acher
Performed by: Fanny Barrouquére, Andrea Opavská, Radoslav Piovarči, Branislav Bašista, Michal Heriban, Ivo Sedláček
Stage design: Jakub Kopecký
Costumes: Jakub Kopecký and Jana Morávková
Lighting designer: Michal Kříž
Sound: Andrej Jurkovič
Production: Andrea Vagnerová
Video: Jiří Jiráček
Trailer by: Michal Heriban
Producer: Lenka Vagnerová & Company
Rehearsed at: Studio Alta
Performed in: La Fabrika Theatre, Prague
With a subsidy from: Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Capital City of Prague
"It is not very often that a performance prompts me to stand up during the bows." ROSIE STEBBING ( March 30, 2017, NSCD Blog Editor)
GOSSIP: RIVETING SHOW ABOUT PAIN WHICH WE'REPUTTING ON FOR THE SECOND TIME / GENERACE21/ BARBORA SVARCOVA
(TOO) HIGH A PRICE FOR HUMN CO-EXISTENCE / TANEČNÍ ZÓNA / JAKUB NOVAK
"It is not very often that a performance prompts me to stand up during the bows." ROSIE STEBBING ( March 30, 2017, NSCD Blog Editor) here
"For the heroic performance of all the protagonists. For the excellently built-up and attractive performance. For the topicality and, at the same time, immortality of the theme. Simply – this is worth seeing it. Again and again."
"Lenka Vagnerová seated the audience in La Fabrika before a dance mirror called Gossip and showed it in a breathtaking way how painful can gossiping be. Those who left unaffected, must have come with a cold heart."
"Perfect harmony, perception, suppleness and nimbleness of all dancers, it all seemed almost incredible."
"Vagnerová’s Gossip, whose English title is close to incantation and upon being spoken hisses unpleasantly in a serpentine way, is a changeable, lively and moving dance huddle, which can induce nausea as in a trip on a roller coaster. It is speculated how an outsider can become an aggressor, while still retaining lightness, wit and an unforced street zest. It combines dance, kinetic, puppet and dramatic theatre in a complex, almost total form, which with the minimum of scenographic aids creates images so imaginative that we can have the feeling as if we were sitting in the cinema with 3-D glasses over our eyes – obviously with the advantage that we are witnessing the energy of live dancers. Everyone gives an outstanding performance: they are inscrutable and dangerous, they have to be always on their guard, because a potential attacker might ambush at any time."
The overwhelming concentration of thoughts and attitudes that the individual sections reveal is truly extraordinary."
"Nobody has doubted from the beginning that this will be one of the events of the season."
"The multiplicity of layering in which for example a person is portrayed in one breath as a toy in the hands of others and at the same time we are presented with a testimony to atrocities which our society commits on other living creatures in itself deserves applause. As a spectator you feel the tears flowing alongside laughter."
"GOSSIP production will be among the events of the season.”"
"Each output hides the original details and with the changeable dynamics of the whole show the audience remain vigilant at all times, dancing and acting events will blend when they are least expected. Looking at some of the physical variations is a pure pleasure."
"The multiplicity of themes and images overwhelms the viewer. Equally captivating are the performances in motion parts."---
"The show will undoubtedly be among the best of this year’s season."
"It is remarkable how she is working with the dancers in every new project. It doesn’t let the audience rest, it can pull and pull down both sides – the dancers and the spectators – especially in dynamic dance scenes."
(BLOG O TANCI / ZUZANA SMUGALOVÁ / 14.2. 2016)
"The Gossip November premiére in La Fabrika finally brought to this year’s season the much longed-for and anticipated work of quality dance, whichhas no protruding or rasping "but".
"A truly brilliantly staged show. An expert handling of the central motif, which fluently and unambiguously is threaded through the entire performance. This is crafted by excellent choreography and accompanied by superbly chosen music. Also wonderful team work and brillant movements by practically all the actors. In my opinion it is the best performance yet of the L. Vágnerová studio, which again demonstrates its outstanding talent. Quite simply a true theatrical experience! :-) "
(Viktor Kronbauer, Michal Hančovský)