This guest-performance is supported by the National Culture Fund.
In Focus: The National Center for Dance Bucharest
“Less might be more, but sometimes less is just nothing” is the latest work by the choreographer Willy Prager, created at the intersection of visual art and disco dance culture. The performance is inspired by the disco dance troupe “Ballet Zoom”, founded in 1973 in Spain. For its realization, Prager works with the students from the Academy of Dance and Performance organised by The National Center for Dance Bucharest.
“As an artist, I am interested in the processes of transformation in the context of social, political, economic and cultural changes. Before COVID-19, the development of contemporary art followed the principle of modernity – a less is more approach. Restrictions in recent months, less communication, fewer meetings, less dancing, less participation, less protests, less socialization, less interaction, less interpretations, less criticism, less demonstrations, fewer participants, less of… makes the performance question this thesis and explores whether less is still more or nothing.” – shares the choreographer.
Willy Prager holds a Master’s degree in “Solo, Dance, Authorship” from the Universtität der Kunste in Berlin. He also graduated from the experimental Theatre-Studio 4XC and “Synthetic Stage Arts” program of the University of Plovdiv. He has worked with directors and choreographers such as Galina Borissova, Nikolay Georgiev, David Zambrano, Ivo Dimchev, deufert&plischke, Thomas Lehmen, Dalija Acin, Matej Kejzar, and Maren Strack, among others. He has authored and co-authored the performances: “Museum of Hygiene” (2011), “Transformability” (2012), “Victory Day” (2013), “Balkan Dance Reality Show” (2015), “Our Last Pas de Deux” (2015 ), “shamebox” (2017), “Made for Happiness” (2018), “A Better Life” (2019). “shamebox” and “Made for Happiness”, created together with Iva Sveshtarova, won the artists two national ICARUS awards in a row. In 2013, Prager won the Prix Jardin d’Europe Award of ImPulsTanz Festival. He is among the co-founders of the Balkan dance network Nomad Dance Academy, Brain Store Project Foundation and Antistatic International Festival for Contemporary Dance and Performance.
The project is co–financed by The Administration of the National Cultural Fund (AFCN) within the project “ReDANS – residencies for dancers 2020”. The project does not necessarily represent the position of AFCN. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project, nor the manner in which the results of the project can be used. All these are entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the grant.
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