Jozef Fruček and Linda Kapetanea of the well-known international group Rootlessroot, in their new project place contemporary Europe on a rickety vessel in the middle of a storm with the question: Is what is worth living for worth dying for? They look for the answer in an uncompromisingly physical way, symbolically and yet unyieldingly in the flesh.
European values – democratic maturity and humanism – for several months now have been tested by the stream of refugees on vessels in the Aegean and the Mediterranean Sea. This situation has affected the authors of the ‘Europium’ project when exploring the theme of “Western culture” and “Western world”. Myths, history, education, culture – all those proud pillars of the values of the European civilization now shudder under the burden of the new reality. In a large stage composition, this international company explores the fundamental questions of existence.
Over the ten years of its existence, Rootlessroot has established itself on the world stage with its hauntingly experimental, radically physical and emotionally urgent work, characterized by messy, raw movement and heroic themes. The authors often reflect on current socio-political events. The core of the group consists of Slovak Jozef Fruček and Greek dancer and choreographer Linda Kapetanea, who also collaborate with artists from around the world, including the Czech Republic and Slovakia. An important part of their work is research and teaching activities. In addition to numerous awards, last year Fruček’s choreography ‘Collective Loss of Memory’ won the main award at the Czech Dance Platform.
Brilliant aesthetically, with great dancers and performers on stage that go beyond dancing, ‘Europium’ combines dynamic choreography with symbolism and images that bring with them the bitter and ridiculous evolution of the world that comes to an end.
What we see is the abduction of Europe and her true unclothing
without biting words.
June 1st is the opening night of the Tanec Praha 2016 festival.
Concept and direction: Rootlessroot, visual concept and set design: Jozef Fruček Music: Vassilis Mantzoukis, dramaturgy: Martin Kubran, sound design: Christos Parapagkidis, ligh design: Sofia Alexiadou, costumes: Isabelle Lhoas, creation and interpretation: Manuel Ronda, Jacob Ingram-Dodd Lee Hyaejin, Paul Blackman, Linda Kapetanea, producer: Onassis Cultural Centre & Rootlessroot, co-producer: JoJo-Oulu Dance Centre, Oulu City Theatre