Jiří Bartovanec & Duncan Centre Conservatory

exhibition, film, performance

September 14, 2017 , 7:00 - 10:00 PM

An open-house night filled with cinema, artwork, and theatre by Jiří Bartonovec and students of the Duncan Centre Conservatory.


7:00 PM [2nd floor gallery] | Light in Movement, exhibition opening

7:00 PM [1st floor Cinema] | Elementhis — Metamorphosis and Razzle Dazzle — Work In Progress, film

8:00 PM [4th floor] | Rite of Spring and Razzle Dazzle, theater

Light in Movement

Exhibition of photographs Light in Movement by Michal HóR Horáček. A video called Elementhis-Metamorphosis will be screened as a part of the exhibition (see Cinema). A short documentary film loop by Adéla Horelicová depicting the process of creation of the Razzle Dazzle dance performance will be screened in the space by the elevator.


Elementhis – Metamorphosis

Dance photo – a video installation, which reflects elementary transformation of a living being going through all natural elements. Liquids, gas substances, temperature and the environment we move in equip the body with new abilities of multiple reincarnation. Metamorphosis is a loose sequel to the Elementhis! Project, which came into being in 2013 in Barcelona.

Razzle Dazzle - Work In Progress

Through different means of expression, the film seeks out to find answers to the questions asked in the above mentioned dance performance and shifts them via its own language.


Rite of Spring

Are we able to sacrifice ourselves in these superficial times? For whom or for what? What are the forms of sacrifice of the young generation? Maybe also non-sacrifice for nothing and nobody? The unfathomable can perhaps manifest as a certain fact of unacceptability of Pagan gods and rituals in an atheistic environment. What are our values that will help us decipher and asses the power of rituals and the way they keep the cycle of life going?

Choreographer and dancer Jiří Bartovanec together with thirteen students of the third year of the Duncan Centre dance conservatory were looking for certain principles of their lives. They have worked with joy, fear and devotion to one another and even to everything and everybody. Their own presence became an important element as if The Rite of Spring were the ritual of their own egos and times they live in.

Razzle Dazzle deals with identity of an individual, operational mechanisms of groups and their interests and the ethical side of these processes. Trivialization of values, glorification of triviality. Razzle Dazzle shows the value of publicly disseminated information and possible forms of its distortion all the way to an intentional lie. It also touches upon the topic of creating different identities, both consciously and unconsciously.

Free and open to the public. Seats are limited, on first come, first served basis. For more information and to RSVP, please visit www.czechcenter.com.

Organized by: Czech Center NY