TANEC PRAHA Online: Icarus

tYhle / Marie Gourdain & coll. (CZ/FR/SK)


Video maker: Dominik Žižka



Marie Gourdain


Marie Gourdain in collaboration with Jaro Viňarský and Václav Kalivoda

Choreography and scenography:

Marie Gourdain

Performed by:

Jaro Viňarský & Barbara Beňušíková, Lea Hrušovská, Tamara Lacsná, Margaréta Hvozdíková, Janka Milová, Simona Horičková, Ladislav Bánovský, Anna Strejčková, Leontina Foltýnová, Jaromír Korbel, Eliška Boloňská, Linda Macková, Marie Zmátlíková, Rozárka Čížková, Marta Tučková, Amélie Poledňáková, Marianna Műller


Václav Kalivoda (live)


Štěpán Hejzlar, Zbyněk Opálka


Martina Stieglerová


Production and coordination:

tYhle/Marie Gourdain, Alena Brožová, Martina Filinová, Anna Šimončičová, Miro Zwiefelhofer


Tanec Praha z.ú. (CZ), Asociace Divadelná Nitra (SK)

With the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union

Created in the framework of the European project Be SpecACTive!

Associazione Culturale CapoTrave / Kilowatt (IT), Artemrede – Teatros Associados (PT), Bakelit Multi Art Center (HU), Koproduktionshaus Wien / Brut (AT), Kunstencentrum BUDA (BE), Café de las Artes Teatro (ES), Domino Udruge (HR), Asociácia Divadelná Nitra (SK), Dublin Theatre Festival Company (IE), Göteborgs Kommun – Göteborgs Stads kulturförvaltning / Stora Teatern (SE), Institution Student Cultural Centre (RS), Occitanie en scène, Réseau en scène Languedoc-Roussillon (FR), Plesni Teater Ljubljana (SI), Tanec Praha (CZ), Teatrul Naţional Radu Stanca Sibiu (RO), Fondazione Fitzcarraldo (IT), Universitat de Barcelona (ES), Université de Montpellier (FR), Centre national de la recherche scientifique / CNRS (FR).

The project was supported by the State Fund for Culture of the Czech Republic, Slovak Arts Council,  Ministry of Investments, Regional Development and Informatization of the Slovak Republic, City of Nitra, The Nitra Self-governing Region, SPP Foundation, LITA – society of authors


Tanec Praha / PONEC – the dance venue, ZUŠ J. Rosinského, Andreja Bagara Theatre in Nitra

International debut:

April 2021 / Prague, Czech Republic


June 2021 / Prague, Czech Republic –TANEC PRAHA Festival and October 2021 / Nitra, Slovakia – Divadelná Nitra 

The online presentation of the project will take place in the form of a Zoom webinar for a limited number of participants, so please register in advance HERE

A short film about the creative process of "Icarus" will be followed by a moderated discussion with the art team. The online event will take place in Czech with the option of simultaneous interpretation into English.

Moderator: Yvona Kreuzmannová
Interpreter: Katka Vorlická


Icarus is the name of a project that was created in a completely unusual way from the very beginning – but no one had any idea how many vicissitudes it would still encounter. The experiment of two festivals involved in the European project Be SpectACTive – TANEC PRAHA and Divadelná Nitra – consisted in addressing teenagers from both countries to participate in the process of creating a new open-air work. It started with the selection of artists, followed by live discussions on the topic, then a joint creative work was planned, and the culmination was to be the premiere at the end of September at the Nitra Theatre.

COVID-19 entered the creative process without invitation. Instead of personal meetings, there were months of Zoom calls, recording, working in isolation. In August, the two groups of teenagers finally met again with the artists in Nitra in person, and the work began to take on clear outlines. A few days before the final residence in Nitra, however, there was a second lockdown, and the premiere was put on hold.

Behind the teams in Prague and Nitra are months of work, great discussions and strong ties. We will not give up.

Unbeknownst to the teenagers, the artists agreed on the theme of borders and freedom a year ago. The feelings of the teenagers at the time materialized during 2020 and continue to mature. We want to share with you at least virtually where the project has gone, what its creators have experienced and where they are heading. Find a moment before Christmas to think and debate with artists and teenagers, and come with us to witness COVID's creative reality. Icarus is worth it!




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