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RIDERS

Created for Lenka Vagnerová & Company

Premiere on 13.11.2012 in Ponec Theatre Prague


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AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS:

- Dance piece of the Year 2013, Festval Czech Dance Platform Prague

- Dancer of the Year 201 - Nomination for Andrea Opavská and Tomáš Červinka, Festival Czec Dance Platform Prague

- Light Design Award - Nomination for Michal Kříž


“full of agile imagination and finesse” ★★★★ Mary Brennan, THE HERALD

“accomplished, high-qualitychoreography” We can only be glad thatthe Fringe gives us a chance to see the LenkaVagnerová Company outside of their native CzechRepublic” ,  ★★★★ Gavia Baker-WhitelawBROADWAY BABY

"The performances in Riders are excellent, the choreography is inventively alive..." ★★★ Judith Mackrell, THE GUARDIAN


We’re here, we are among you. We are fast, we don’t respect the wind. We are strong, yet vulnerable. We love to watch you while you seldom know about us. We can’t change your destinies but you often change ours. We share one world but watch it from different perspectives. Does this mean that we can also share the same values?

“We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers.” George Bernard Shaw 

Riders draws inspiration from birds and therole they have played in our culture and traditions. Birds are silent witnessesto our stories and as such they are exceptional: their world is elsewhere, itis a world of different dimensions. Birds have always played an important rolein mythology, faith and our spiritual richness. Who are the true “Riders” ofour planet? Is it birds with their capacity to move freely around the world? Oris it us, with our capacity to destroy everything within hours?


Concept and Choreography: Lenka Vagnerová

Performing: Andrea Opavská, Tereza Voříšková/Markéta Frösslová, Ladislav Cmorej, Josef Bartoš/Tomáš Červinka, Radoslav Piovarči

Light Design: David Alcorta Ruiz, Michal Kříž (cooperation with Tanec Praha within the M4M project)

Sound Design: Eva Hamouzová

Music: Ivan Acher (Jana Vébrová - voices; Kryštof Lecian - violoncello; Ivan Acher - composer, pianos, guitars, voices, sampler, percussions)

Stage Desing: Anna Solilová, Lenka Vagnerová

Costumes: Anna Solilová, Sára Voříšková

Coproducer: Ponec/Tanec Praha

Graphics: Jan Mikeš

Productin: Andrea Vagnerová

With the support from: Ministry of CultureEU Culture, City of Prague

Dedicated to Svatava Klenovská


REVIEWS:

“full of agile imagination and finesse” ★★★★ Mary Brennan, THE HERALD

“accomplished, high-qualitychoreography”, We can only be glad thatthe Fringe gives us a chance to see the LenkaVagnerová Company outside of their native CzechRepublic”  ★★★★ Gavia Baker-WhitelawBROADWAY BABY

"The performances in Riders are excellent, the choreography is inventively alive..." ★★★ Judith Mackrell, THE GUARDIAN


“If this season someone were to see just one domestic dance performance it should be Riders, which has to be in the running for best dance event of the year.
Vagnerová is a poet with a rich kinetic dictionary and a talent for innovation and surprise.”
Jakub Novák, Aktuálně .cz, 2012

“This must be seen! It is poetry in dance, for which any attempt at description is too brief.

Riders is for me an unforgettable performance – a kinetic feast where the individual images bind the aesthetic with rich layers of association.
This must be seen! It is poetry in dance, for which any attempt at description is too brief.
Rarely has a work of choreography made me so marvel at the wordless expression of talent, of kinetic and intellectual intelligence, the distinctiveness of vision at existential questions and also the ability to transform personal experience into artistic truth.”
Helena Kazárová, Taneční aktuality , 2012

“Lenka Vagnerová is the doyenne of contemporary dance theatre. And with Riders, her latest show, she confirms her reputation as the most talented Czech choreographer of her generation.

Vagnerová’s strengths are evident not only in her choice of theme and creation of stage images but also in the original musical variations. To this she brings a stirring dynamic humour and sensitivity.
Great choreographer, great team, hit of the season! ”
Nina Vangeli, Hospodářské noviny (16.11.2012)

“Riders – a work of many positions, references, atmospheres, a work unpredictable but characteristically as pure and strong as a Baroque chord.

The combination of emotions created by the percussive music and a lighting design that suggests the magical atmosphere of a lustrous world, gives the impression of ancient empires and their myths.
Its urgency is calm, objective, transfixing. It is also intrinsic in the dancers’ movements – the way they go to the utmost, to the blood, they are precise, concentrated.  Lenka Vagnerová has succeeded in moving on the quality of corporeal thought. In this lies the true talent of the choreographer!”

Jana Návratová, Taneční zóna, 2012

All reviews here.