Hungarian New Wave

Two thrilling new solos, both by young performers and choreographers of Hungarian ancestry: Gyula Cserepes and Bence Mezei.

Španski Borci Cultural Center, 14 and 15 January, 8 pm
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Bence Mezei:
UTOPIANOW
(in a search for a beautiful life)

Gyula Cserepes:
SELFY

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Bence Mezei:
UTOPIANOW
(in a search for a beautiful life)

UTOPIANOW (in search for a beautiful life) is the first authorship work of the young Hungarian dancer Bence Mezei (curently a member of EnKnapGroup). The solo performance - miniature draws from the initial question on beauty: In what and how to search for it? Bence is searching through doing in relation to something - to the body, the object, the music and the space. He is building and demolishing. Everytime anew he directs himself towards the ulitimate goal and tries to make something which for a moment would last, but this final thing keeps evading, falling, is transforming into something other than intended, something unexpected. A search for a "treasure" is actually a journey where what counts more than destination are singular moments, steps, glimmers and shifts.
 

Bence Mezei was born in Backa Topola - Serbia, but grew up in Hungary. He studied dance at the Hungarian Dance Academy, and attended several dance courses during his studies. Between ages 10 and 15 he was working as a child actor in the theater of his hometown (Gárdonyi Géza Theater) under the direction of Tibor Csizmadia.

After graduation he worked as a freelance dancer with several choreographers form Hungary and abroad, and collaborated with an improvisational dance theater (Willany Leó) from Budapest. Bence became a member of EnKnapGroup in May 2012 and started to make his own work in 2015.

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Gyula Cserepes:
SELFY

SELFY

When you look into my eyes, what you can see is the reflection of yourself”
                                /Gyula Cserepes/

SELFY is an artistic space created for self-reflection. In this open-source performance, where spectator and performer share the same “stage” in close proximity, the experience wins over “narrative”. Gyula is dancing on the thin line between trance and representation.

SELFY is a constant journey between in and out, between the internal universe and the external world – the reality. While jumping continuously, Gyula aims to become so thin, so transparent that his identity could evaporate, allowing the spectator to see his own reflection. The performer becomes an abstract mirror and having a look into it, one might ask himself: who am I really? Is my identity what I used to think it is?

Gyula Cserepes
is a dancer, performer and choreographer, originating from Bečej, Voivodina (RS). He studied at the High School of Folk Arts in Fót (HU) and at the Budapest Contemporary Dance School (HU). Gyula began his professional carrier at the „Central-Europe Dance Theater”, Budapest (HU) in 2007. In 2008, he joined EnKnapGroup, Ljubljana (SI). During these years, he had the chance to work with such choreographers, directors and pedagogues – among others - as Iztok Kovač, David Zambrano, Anton Lachky, Milan Tomašik, Simone Sandroni, Superamas, etc. Since 2013, Gyula collaborates with the Geneva based company, Cie Jozsef Trefeli, in several projects and has toured in Europe, Africa, Central-America and the Middle-East.

Since 2012, Gyula has worked as a freelance choreographer and performer. His work as an author includes “Revive the castle”, a site-specific performance, and “New Age Gypsies”, a dance-theater performance. His latest work “The Bridge”,  premiered in Volksroom, Brussels in November 2013. Since then, “The Bridge” has been on tour from Mexico to Vienna, Paris to Budapest. The new creation of Gyula will premiere in Španski Borci, Ljubljana (SI) in January 2016.

 

HUNGARIAN NEW WAVE
Dance solos

UTOPIANOW

(in a search for a beautiful life)
Author and performer: Bence Mezei
Light design: Leon Curk
Costume design: Sara Smrajc Žnidarčič
Music: Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 4 (for Orchestra)
Consultant in the process: Katja Legin
Produced by: EN-KNAP
Small Hall / 25 min
 

SELFY
Author & performer: Gyula Cserepes
Light designer: Ints Plavnieks
Composer: László Mádi
Support: Stanica (SK), Garage29 (BE), Workshop Foundation (HU), Új Előadóművészeti Alapítvány (HU)
Producer: Gyula Cserepes
Coproduced by:  EN-KNAP
Main hall / 40 min