L A L O B A
Premiere: 29th April 2013 in PONEC – the dance venue / Prague
La Loba is the performance of Lenka Vagnerová & Company which combines two art genres and two remarkable artists: dancer Andrea Opavská and singer Jana Vébrová. It is based on their unbridled energy, harmony and above all, power and intensity of expression. The key component of the performance is the music of Ivan Acher which springs from the sound of natural matters. Bones, wood, strings and animal skins are the elemental essences for building ritual moods bonded with the voice Jana Vébrová.
La Loba is inspired by the story which is carried on by generations of storytellers in many different locations: A woman wandering through the countryside for years and building creatures out of the bones she carries around, has the ability to turn creatures back to life. She encompasses both life and death. However, none of us could know how difficult and unbearable her destiny is for her. And what if her powers last forever? She's watching us all the time. We are just a short period of her life. Sometimes she laughts at us. But what if her patience runs out? She masters the conditions of her own existence and maybe she will not want to repeat everything once again.
"Curious at first sight, quite extraordinary. Though, she is hardly noticeable. No one can hear her, though she is not mute. Even though she stands, she turns."
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS:
THE BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE AWARD / SINGAPORE FRINGE FESTIVAL 2016 / The Sraits Times Life’s list
PILSEN CITY PRIZE / SKUPOVA PILSEN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2016
HERALD ANGEL AWARD / THE EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL 2014
TOTAL THEATRE AWARD NOMINATION / THE EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL 2014
DANCER OF THE YEAR AWARD / FESTIVAL CZECH DANCE PLATFORM 2014 / Andrea Opavská
Concept, choreography and directed / Lenka Vagnerová
Music / Ivan Acher
Concept and dramaturgy / Lenka Vagnerová, Zdeněk Jecelín
Performed by / Andrea Opavská, Jana Vébrová
Set Designer / Ivan Acher
Light design / Michal Kříž
Sound design / Eva Hamouzová
Costumes / Anna Solilová
Production / Andrea Vagnerová
Co-producer / PONEC - the dance venue / TANEC PRAHA
Project supported by / Capital City of Prague, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic
★★★★ "A mysterious, vivid and sometimes stunning blend of movement and Voice"
(THE TIMES / DONALD HUTERA)
"Gripped by the sheer intensity and virtuosity of both performers..."
★★★★★ "...memorable for all the best reasons..."
(THE HERALD / MARY BRENNAN)
"Beautiful exploration of mythology to conjure up the inner wild woman at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Wild, beguiling journey into a deep, dark fairytale forest..."
★★★★ "Those images, combined with Opavská and the soundscape of Vébrová’s voice make La Loba impossible to forget."
(THE LIST / LUCY RIBCHESTER)
"Vébrová’s singing is incredibly powerful, and one is mesmerised by Opavská’s dancing."
★★★ "La Loba is a visually fascinating show that bridges the gap between dance lovers and the general public."
(BROADWAY BABY / ALEX REEVES)
"Lenka Vagnerová’s latest artistic creation is simply breathtaking. The mysterious multi-layered production stands somewhere between the world of reality and fantasy. It is literally packed full of tension which draws in and in places jolts the viewers."
(CZECH TV 24 CULTURE / JOHANA MÜCKOVÁ)
"The close, organic contact between music and dance exerts an almost magical spell over the stage. The bewitching voice of singer Jana Vébrová, in places almost indistinguishable from the growling of wolves, reverberates with such gusto that it is practically impossible to look away."
(RADIO WAVE / LINDA DUŠKOVÁ)
"There can be no doubt that behind choreographer Lenka Vagnerová’s recent successes, whether these be the choreography for The Riders or her latest production La Loba, there is a very great talent: the young artist displays an enormous amount of clasped energy, of great imagination, hard work and courage."
(DANCE ZONE / JANA NÁVRATOVÁ)
"From an enclosed being concealing energy at its core comes an eruption of movement, giving the impression that its centre of gravity has flowed out across the ground following the commands of choreography and regardless of the laws of physics."
(OPERA PLUS / LUCIE KOCOURKOVÁ)
"Every side of this triangle is a captivating chapter in itself and in their synergy they channel this legend’s strength to the public in all its beauty. The rising star of Czech dance Lenka Vagnerová has unveiled her new project in all its remarkable originality."
(AKTUALNE.CZ / JAKUB NOVÁK)
"La Loba is a successful, thrilling piece that will not let you get bored or permit your mind wander."
(DANCE NEWS / DANIELA ZILVAROVÁ)