Tuesday, May 8, 2012: Wind Up?

Opus Osm

420 People's Zuzana Herényiová and Milan Odstrčil appeared in the recent performance 'Maj,' and return in 'Wind-Up.'

Wind-Up? Wind-Up!

The words “wind up” bring up many possible meanings in English: “After traveling the entire world, how did you wind up in Prague?” Or, “We’re out of time so we have to wind up this interview.” Or, “Don’t give Pete too much sugar before bedtime – it winds him up.” Or even, “My older brother loves to tease my younger sister – he really knows how to wind her up.”

But for their contemporary dance performance May 13-14, 420People have chosen Wind-Up as the title for the piece that observes “the energy inside and around us,” Václav Kuneš tells Opus Osm.

“I created the choreography after reading a novel – I’m not going to tell you which one before the performance – which I really like,” Mr Kuneš teases with a smile. “I’ll just say Wind-Up is like the spring of a clock. You wind it up and the tension creates movement. The waves of energy leave traces of something behind.

“And if you wind something up too tightly, it will either break, or it lets you step in a new direction.”

The piece comprises six short works, performed by Czech dancers Zuzana Herényiová, Milan Odstrčil, Alexandr Volný, 420People co-founders Nataša Novotná and Mr Kuneš, and guest dancer Jussi Nousiainen from Finland. The co-founders will also present the 14′ 20” Duet from 27′ 52″, the famous piece by Jiří Kylián.

Israeli composer Amos Ben-Tal has cooperated with 420People twice before, and this time his music uses Bach – with an electric guitar – as an entry point for the audience. “The music by Bach is a piece everyone knows,” Mr Kuneš says, again withholding the title until the performance.

The set, on the other hand, is no mystery. Designed by Jan Mlčoch and Mr Kuneš, it’s composed of wooden industrial pallets. “They define the space,” Mr Kuneš explains, “and because they’re rough, wood, natural, they help you find that basic core,” he says.

He adds one final clue about Sunday and Monday’s performance at the Archa Theatre:

“The pallets make a great sound when they fall,” he smiles mysteriously.

He really knows how to wind up our curiosity.– oo

– Mary Matz

Photo Credits: Miroslav Setnička

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