Wrestling with Language

tYhle / Florent Golfier (CZ/FR)

Tanec Praha Co-production / Family Friendly / Premiere

Author, choreography, interpretation:

Florent Golfier

Choreographic consultations:

Peter Šavel


Marie Gourdain

Light design:

Zuzana Režná

Sound dramaturgy:

Ian Mikyska

Linguistic consultations:

Prof. Dr. Barbara Mertins

Costume realisation:

Martina Stieglerová, Magdaléna Vrábová

Technical cooperation:

Hynek Petrželka


Supported by:

The project is financially supported by the Prague City Hall, the State Fund of Culture of the Czech Republic and the City of Brno.


The project is a co-production with DW7 – Divadlo na cucky in Olomouc, TANEC PRAHA festival, and Schloss Bröllin e.V.


Studio ALTA, Cooltour Cultural Centre in Ostrava, the SE.S.TA Centre for Choreographic Development, the Žďár nad Sázavou Castle, Cirqueon, Plum Yard in Malovice, «le Dancing» in Val-de-Reuil, the psycholinguistic laboratory at the Technical University Dortmund, the Ministry of Education, Science, and Culture of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Vorpommern-Greifswald district, and Johan Centrum – Moving Station in Plzeň​



50 min

“A spoken language is a body, a living creature, whose physiognomy is verbal and whose visceral functions are linguistic. And this creature’s home is the inarticulate as well as the articulate.”  John Berger, Confabulations. Wrestling with Language is an attempt to conceive of language as the creature John Berger wrote about. A creature that lives inside of us and inside of which we all live. In this new project, performer and choreographer Florent Golfier takes on the topic of monolingualism, cheerfully wrestling pronunciation, normative language, and the necessity to express oneself.

There will be a discussion with guests and spectators after the performance moderated by Ian Mikyska. 


Photo: Vojtěch Brtnický
Photo: Vojtěch Brtnický