By Galya Dimitrova
Real, authentic, unique. This is how the upcoming “Echt” dance festival could be described. Named after the German word for “genuine” and “honest”, the event is about exploring the holistic approach of the body through dancing. The show assembles four performances, each representing the main idea in a one-of-a-kind way.
“There are four dancers doing four different subjects rather than just dancing. So there are four different avenues and bringing them together is the idea of projection, which all of us are going to use in our performances to tie the whole project as one” says Katie, whose part features a film and an installation, documenting all four process if curating the work.
“Echt” consists of multiple elements – dance, visuals, theatre and music. Its variable structure aims at conveying every performance in the most creative and unprecedented possible way. Crizzel explains she expressed her personality on the process of planning and that reflected towards her work:
“Everyone knows me as a funny person, making jokes quote a lot whether it is awkward or not, so the whole idea of emphasizing the awkward moments in dances came from there”
And even though planning and preparation are key elements of the festival, “Echt” is also about a lot of spontaneity. Tara, who will portray the relationship between the patient and the therapist, describes her performance as “a mixture of improvisation and set work”:
“It is very naturalistic because it is an exaggeration of mine and also other personalities that people can connect with.”
The show features live music performance as well, which will be the background of Greta’s exploring the realistic idea of potential:
“Compared to all the other dance festivals that we know about, our festival is unique because it displays four performances at once, so it is worth coming because it is a rare event,” she says.
“Echt” dance festival takes place in The Hub’s “Square One” venue on 14th May from 15:00 to 21:00pm. For more information and ticket prices, check out the events Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1381008085509096/?fref=ts There will be two performances throughout the day, promising something different in each time.