G O S S I P
Premiere : 24th November 2015 in La Fabrika Theatre / Prague
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 beresisted, it can easily injure, discredit, turn a life around without any physical contact. Slander is faster than light and often upon us before itarises. We feed it and we deform, we need it and condemn.
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS:
THALIA AWARD NOMINATION 2015 for Andrea Opavská
THALIA AWARD NOMINATION 2015 for Ivo Sedláček
TALENT OF THE YEAR NOMINATION 2015 for Ivo Sedláček / WORLD AND THEATRE
OPERA PLUS AUDIENCE AWARD NOMINATION 2016:
- THE BEST DANCER: Fanny Barrouquére, Andrea Opavská, Ivo Sedláček
- THE BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Lenka Vagnerová
Concept, choreography and directed / Lenka Vagnerová
Music / Ivan Acher
Stage design / Jakub Kopecký
Costumes / Jakub Kopecký and Jana Morávková
Performing / Andrea Opavská, Fanny Barroquére, Branislav Bašista, Patrik Čermák, Ivo Sedláček, Michal Heriban
Lighting designer / Michal Kříž
Sound / Andrej Jurkovič
Production / Andrea Vagnerova
Producer / Lenka Vagnerová & Company
Rehearsed at / Studio Alta
With a subsidy from / Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Capital City of Prague
★ ★ ★ ★ "A chocolate box of visual delights..."
"...choreography and control are all stunning...
(EDINBURGH49 / STEVE GRIFFIN)
★ ★ ★ ★ "...a surreal storm of human behavior..."
(THE LIST / LUCY RIBCHESTER)
★ ★ ★ ★ "...clever, funny-but-meaningful dance piece..."
"...distinctive style of visually striking, intensely fierce and physical dance-theatre..."
(THE HERALD / MARY BRENNAN)
★ ★ ★ ★ "It is a fantastic piece of puppetry and object manipulation and highlights the ingenious nature of Gossip and just how bizarre and surreal the performance is."
"other shows will need to go a long way to top the imaginative nature of Gossip"
(THE WEE REVIEW / STEVEN FRASER)
"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."
(DANCE ZONE / JAKUB NOVÁK)
"Perfect harmony, perception, suppleness and nimbleness of all dancers, it all seemed almost incredible."
"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 andagain."
"Lenka Vagnerová seated the audience in La Fabrika before a dance mirror called Gossip and showed it in abreathtaking way how painful can gossiping be. Those who left unaffected, must have come with a coldheart."
(GENERACE21 / BARBORA ŠVARCOVÁ)
"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."
(OPERA PLUS / LUCIE KOCOURKOVÁ)
"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."
(DANCE NEWS / MARCELA BENONIOVÁ)
"A truly brilliantly staged show."
"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!"
"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."
(I-THEATRE / JAN PAŘÍZEK / 12.2.2016)
"It combines dance, kinetic, puppet and dramatic theatre in a complex, almou 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."
(WORLD AND THEATRE / KAROLINA PLICKOVÁ / 2/2016)
"Probably my favorite show at the Fringe! Superb show with an amazing cast. “A very creative and thoughtful piece. The dancers were stunning in their skill and grace."
"Terrific piece of physical Theatre. So much talent on stage..... outstanding!"
(EDFIRNGE AUDIENCE REVIEW)