The nineteenth Cyprus Contemporary Dance Festival is coming to an end, with only two more dance groups left on the month-long agenda. Just before the final curtain-call, the dance company VerTeDance from the Czech Republic will perform the piece ‘Correction’ in Limassol on Wednesday and in Nicosia on Thursday.
VerTeDance was founded in 2004 by the trio Veronika Knytlova and Tereza Ondrova (who are dancers and choreographers) and lighting designer Pavel Kotlik. During the first 10 years of working together, the trio have created almost 20 projects and worked with various outstanding personalities of the Czech and international dance scene.
The company has received a number of important awards, among them the Dancer of the Year 2010, Best Lighting Design Award (2012 and 2014) and the Theatre Journal Award (2012 and 2014). VerTeDance is the only Czech company to have gained the most prestigious Czech award in the field, Dance Piece of The Year, three times: for Silent Talk in 2005, What is the Weight of Your Desire in 2012 and Correction in 2014. In 2015, the company received the BE Audience Award and Mess Festival Award for the show Correction at the BE festival in Birmingham and the prestigious Herald Angel Award at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Sure to bring to the Limassol and Nicosia stages the passion for dance that drew the trio to create such a stand-out company, VerTeDance will perform Correction, a dance piece that leads us to imagine a world in which we cannot progress, no matter how hard or for how long we try. This is a beautifully poignant piece about our lack of freedom and power to make decisions.
The cast weave around their own shadows whilst a live modern minimalist soundtrack by Clarinet Factory builds a fluid tension. Reflexes, slants and curvatures; pushing off, tipping and falling – every imbalance is corrected and brought back to equilibrium. With theatrics, moments of choreography and subtle humour, Correction shows that the attainment of freedom often goes hand in hand with loss. Most surprisingly, it shows that lack of freedom to decide can also result in comfort, relief, familiarity and devotion – even happiness.
Dance performance as part of the 19th Cyprus Contemporary Dance Festival. June 22. Rialto theatre, Limassol. €5. Tel: 77-777745
June 23. Pallas Theatre, Nicosia. €5. Tel: 22-466806