Photos: Noro Knap
When animals are deprived of their natural environment, locked in inappropriate spaces, in zoos, circuses, or laboratories, they tend to develop abnormal repetitive behaviors. Picking at nothing, floating limbs, head banging, head waving, rocking, or pacing are the stereotypical movements of animals locked in captivity.
In her new piece, Jana Tereková creates weird, possessed, alienated, troubled and troubling bodies which are able to turn into calm bodies instantly, stretching out time, doing nothing or too less, carrying out rituals without apparent sense, inefficient and unnecessary. They draw the spectator into a strange universe that fascinates, hypnotizes, where time seems suspended. The beings on the stage are distant yet intimately familiar. They are animals, humans, objects, imaginary creatures.
The work can be received as an ironic and bitter action in the face of general inaction, ignorance and arrogance. And as a praise of long time and boredom, creating a counterweight to the world obsessed with utility and efficiency that has reduced nature and non human animals in consumer goods.
Concept, choreography: Jana Tereková
Dance: Edita Antalová, Daniel Raček, Jana Tereková
Sound: Joseph Champagnon
Costumes: Gabriela Čechová
Lights: Jozef Miklós
Opening night : 14th of December 2022 | Galéria Umelka | Bratislava
ABNORMAL REPETITIVE BEHAVIOUR
Run time : 55 minutes