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A small hour ago

Fondation BNP Paribas 2009

Choreographer(s) : Kunes, Vaclav (Czech Republic)

Present in collection(s): Fondation BNP Paribas

Video producer : 420People

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A small hour ago

Fondation BNP Paribas 2009

Choreographer(s) : Kunes, Vaclav (Czech Republic)

Present in collection(s): Fondation BNP Paribas

Video producer : 420People

en fr

A Small hour ago

When something happens what changes one's life for ever, does “an hour” remain just one hour?We are coming back in our memories for those moments in many following days, months and years afterwards, for how many hours in total?
And how many hours we spend trying to forget it.
In both cases we spent again hours accepting it.

Kunes, Vaclav

420PEOPLE are Nataša Novotná and Václav Kuneš.

Both of them are linked together by one of the most prestigious dance companies in the world, the Netherlands Dans Theatre –

a place, where the intensive collaboration with world leading choreographers and artist comes to its peak.
Their dream and intentions are to "use" the years on the top of the dance world, subsequently presenting as much of this top within the Czech Republic and, furthermore sharing these experiences with Czech dancers and Czech spectators.

At the turn of the year 2007, Václav Kuneš and Nataša Novotná founded a new dance company in Prague: they named it 420PEOPLE. In the very first year of the company´s existence, Václav created the choreography Small Hour which has become successful both in the Czech Republic and abroad. In the Czech Republic the piece was awarded The Sazka and Theatre Journal Prize and it was selected as the best achievement in the domain of dance and ballet in 2008. As far as its success abroad is concerned, it was selected for the programme DansClick which allowed 420PEOPLE for a two months tour around the Netherlands. For her performance in the piece Nataša Novotná was awarded the prestigious Thálie Prize 2008 in the Czech Republic.

In 2008, Václav presented two new pieces: On an Even Keel and a dynamic trio Golden Crock. Inspired by the emergence and development of jazz music, in the spring of 2009, Václav created his first full evening choreography Ghost Note in the production of the Netherlands Station Zuid. At the end of the same year he presented his second full evening choreography, this time produced by 420PEOPLE and Korzo Theater, A Small hour ago. At the gala-closing of TANEC PRAHA 2009 festival, Nataša Novotná was awarded the Dancer of the Year prize.

A very special part of the company’s repertory was B/olero, a piece choreographed by Ohad Naharin: thus 420PEOPLE became the only ensemble in the world allowed to perform the piece, besides Naharin’s home company Batsheva. The company has also been a success during its tour around Europe (France, Spain).


Source: The company 420PEOPLE 's website


More information : 420people.org

A small hour ago

Choreography : Vaclav Kunes

Interpretation : Natasa Novotna et Vaclav Kunes

Additionnal music : Robert a Ronald Lippok, Matthew Barley (extrait de Didon & Enée de H. Purcell), Dirk Haubrich

Lights : Loes Schakenbos

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Holland Dance Festival, La Haye, Pays-Bas, 2009

Duration : 55'

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