There Is a Sense of Being is a very coherent and complete work, in which nothing is missing and nothing is superfluous. It is an aesthetically and precisely crafted piece […].
Clara Zanga, Dance News, 21 December 2021
The meaning of the individual scenes can be planted in one's imagination, but even the clues provided by the choreographer are refreshingly readable. The viewer moves through phases and situations that are not overloaded with content, not overwhelmed by an overload of impressions at once, with an appropriate reverberation of the intensity of each one of them.
Lucie Kocourková, Opera+, 27 December 2021
author, concept and choreography Tereza Lenerová
dramaturgy and concept Jan Horák
visual concept Adam Vačkář
music Natálie Pleváková
light design Jan Hugo Hejzlar
costumes Marjetka Kürner Kalous
production Veronika Hladká
coproduction Tanec Praha Z. Ú. / Ponec Theatre
Edita Antalová, Jitka Čechová, Eva Rezová
premiere 13 December 2021
Warning: the production uses a strobe light.
Tereza Lenerová Hradilková (1983), daughter of the hockey coach Slavomír Lener, started dancing as a child in the folklore group Valášek. She studied at the Duncan Centre conservatory in Prague and then at The Theaterschool in Amsterdam. Her first dance piece, the duet Variable, created and performed with Israeli performer Einat Ganz, was selected by Aerowaves and presented at the first Spring Forward festival in 2011. For further experiments, she co-founded the creative space Truhlárna in Prague, where she also created her highly successful solo Swish, which was awarded by the international jury of the Czech Dance Platform 2017 and won numerous invitations to prestigious festivals abroad. Her other work Don't Stop also received a special mention from the jury at the Czech Dance Platform 2019 and is part of the Aerowaves Twenty21 selection. In September 2021 she premiered a performance dis pla y, which she co-created with dancer Jitka Čechová. She is currently developing a new dance piece Glove Concern based on the choreographer's family history and a short thriller by Jiří Havlíček.
Tereza Lenerová also has experience with a different culture and mentality – in 1990 she left with her family for Canada, where her father Slavomír Lener worked as an assistant coach for the Calgary Flames:
“In 1990 I went to Canada with my parents. There I had the opportunity to meet different kinds of dance; African, tap, modern, I started doing ballet and jazz. I got into the Decidedly Jazz Danceworks Junior Company. It was actually an adult jazz company whose instructors taught in the junior studio. Because of that, we were immediately in contact with professionals. They choreographed with us, and we performed regularly in the theatre. It was there that I first started thinking about dance as my future profession. After returning to the Czech Republic, I was looking to build on what I had experienced in Canada and after two years of experience in the amateur company Antares, I joined Duncan.”
(interview for Taneční zóna magazine)
Interviews (in Czech) with Tereza Lenerová
photo Adéla Vosičková / Adam Vačkář