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Poets of the City (Vitka - Blatný - Jan)
On from 29 Jan 2016 till 29 Jan 2016
All Around Town
by Vítězslava Kaprálová/Ivan Blatný/Jan Palach

- £10.00

About: Poets of the City (Vitka - Blatný - Jan)

Poets of the City (Vitka – Blatný – Jan)

Dates: 29 Jan 2016, 7PM – 8.30PM
Venue: Oxford House Theatre, Derbyshire St, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG

Tickets: Ł10.00

Choreography: Martin Dvořák (CZ) + Nir Ben Gal (IL)
Dance: Martin Dvořák, Irene Bauer, Alena Pajasová


This female solo is shaped by Czech composer Vítězslava Kaprálová’s music, specifically her piano compositions, April Preludes. This piece is dedicated to one of the most talented Czech composers and conductors, who died aged 25 in Montpellier, France.

What remains is to find good with open eyes and to toughen through evil; to be grateful for the beauty that surrounds us, even for the pain ... VK


This piece is centred on Czech poet Ivan Blatný´s own poems, taking its inspiration from spoken word as a tool for sharing emotions and evocating images. The creative circle comprises three parts – word-music-motion – and their mutual inspiration and interaction. The work is dedicated to Blatný (1919-1990) who emigrated to England in 1948 and would live out the rest of his life in psychiatric clinics. He never returned to his country.

Art is not burdened by responsibility and could care less for its role. It is simply here, a reality equal to life and just as incomprehensible and surrounded by the same darkness; yet it brings us moments of relief even without attempting to turn on the light of so called certainties in the boundless sea of the dark and the inexplicable. IB


Our history is full of violence and resistance to oppression. Is violence the only way to fight the repression? Is it possible to look for a different way? A lot of times the violence, oppression and resistance can be found in my face, in my body, my intent and not as an external factor like in a cruel regime or occupying power. With dance, let’s try to find ways to love without resistance. Move without suppression. This piece is dedicated to the memory of Jan Palach, the Czech student who immolated himself in protest against communism in Prague, 1969.

"People must fight against the evil they feel equal to at that moment." JP

Workshops lead by the performers

Saturday 30th January

14:00-15:30 – Contemporary Dance with Martin Dvořák

15:45-17:15 – Dance in Pairs (contact impro) with Martin Dvořák & Irene Bauer

17:30-18:30 – Pilates with Irene Bauer

Sunday 31st January

9:45-11:15 – Yoga with Martin Dvořák

11:30 – 13:00 – Dance Improvisation with Martin Dvořák

One class Ł10, two classes Ł18, three classes Ł26, four classes Ł34, five classes Ł40.

This event is organised by Oxford House Theatre and Czech Centre London,b>

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