The experimental show Soft Spot (…) is a highly abstract piece, which denies the myth of the dance aesthetics and slightly immerses in the questions about the human body, personality traits and qualities, and the meaning of facial expressions and gestures.
Clara Zanga, Taneční aktuality, 25. 3. 2023
When Adrienn Hód, Hungary’s most successful contemporary dance export, promises an experimental show, one really doesn’t know what to expect: after all, for many years now she hasn’t done anything other than experiment with the boundaries of theatre, performance, personality and the human body.
Lena Megyeri, Springback Magazine, 8. 11. 2022
choreography Adrienn Hód
music Ábris Gryllus
dramaturgy Ármin Szabó-Székely
movement cooperation Márcio Kerber Canabarro
visual cooperation Mária Júdová
costumes Lucia Škandíková
light design Tomáš Morávek
technical support Dano Kozlík
PR Alice Krajčírová
graphic design Yara Abu Aataya
production Lucia Šimáčková / BOD.Y ngo, Jiří Hajdyla/ ME-SA
created and performed by Martina Hajdyla, Soňa Ferienčíková
co-production: ME-SA, BOD.Y ngo, HODWORKS
co-production partners: Tanec Praha z.ú. / PONEC – dance venue, Slovak Contemporary Dance Platform, Bratislava in Movement Association
The work of Hungarian choreographer Adrienn Hód (1975) is appreciated for its emphasis on the experimental aspect. In her works, she focuses on the body itself, removing it from its cultural context and placing it in an empty space. On stage, she creates intimate situations in which the dancer is given the space and trust to open up his or her own physicality. Hód is not afraid to work with the concept of the unknown: her technique is based on improvisation, which is, however, firmly anchored on stage.
Adrienn Hód founded and has led the internationally acclaimed dance company Hodworks since 2007, with whom she has staged, among others, the award-winning radical performances Grace and Solos, which Flora showed in 2016 and 2018.
Hód has also choreographed László Nemes' Son of Saul (2015) and Sunset (2018). She has won Hungary's prestigious Rudolf Labán Award several times and many of her works have been selected by the Aerowaves network as some of the best contemporary dance productions ever.
Soňa Ferienčíková (1987) is a Slovak dancer, performer, teacher and founder of the dance organization BOD.Yngo. She received her broad professional education at dance schools in Bratislava, Prague, Antwerp, Salzburg and New York. She also works in experimental and documentary theatre and dance films. Her solo Everywhen (2018) was nominated for the Slovak Theatre DOSKY Awards and impressed the Czech Dance Platform.
Martina Hajdyla Lacová (1986) is a Slovak dancer and choreographer based in Prague. She graduated from the J. L. Bella Conservatory in Banská Bystrica and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, majoring in Dance Pedagogy. In 2015 she was awarded Dancer of the Year for her performance in SuperNaturals. For her solo L – One of the Seven she was nominated for the Thalia 2016. She is a founding member of the ME-SA dance group.
ME-SA Dance Group was founded in 2008 as a result of a successful collaboration between Czech-Slovak trio of dancers Hana Kalousková, Martina Hajdyla Lacová and Karolína Hejnová (Párová) and choreographer Ji Eun Lee. They also presented their dance triptych Objects and Grains (2007), Angels and Demons (2008) and Blame Me (2009) at Flora Theatre Festival. Currently, ME-SA functions as an independent platform open to original projects and diverse visions of guest choreographers. It is repeatedly listed on the list of „Priority Companies“ of the European dance network Aerowaves as well as in nominations for prestigious dance awards.
interview with Adrienn Hód, Podhoubí.com (in Czech)
interview in English
photo Vojtěch Brtnický