Untied Tales (The vanished power of the usual reign)

Clara Furey & Peter Jasko

28th August, Dance Theatre Ljubljana

 

 © Mathieu Verreault

 
A darkly poetic duet, Untied Tales (The vanished power of the usual reign) unfolds like a dark tale. Inspired by Louise Murphy’s The True Story of Hansel and Gretel: A Story about War and Survival, this work by Peter Jasko and Clara Furey involves a meeting with the other, filled with tribulations, marvels and the unknown. In this hallucinogenic world, in which what the eyes do not see exist, there is a constant sense of urgency, reminding us of our final, inescapable destiny, where we know that we will know nothing.
Like an onion, the work is a simple object but multi-layered: the sound is sensorial and the light reveals only what it chooses. In a reversal of the usual domination and power games, bodily forms are drawn to each other and then fall apart in this new, dark and phantasmagoric world. Lying on the ground as the audience enters, Clara Furey and Peter Jasko are coiled up, head to foot, like two defenseless beings. Bathed in an harsh light, we see them create, in waves of movement, structuring spaces to counteract the existential void and darkness inside them. Despite the attraction of the ground and of sleep, they try to stand but their legs give way. As in dreams in which children find themselves lost in the middle of a forest, their anxiety gradually spreads and deepens. What follows is an allegory reminiscent of Plato’s cave.
Restless and adrift, these two beings together create a shared sensuality to serve as shelter. Despite everything, they manage to move about, silently discovering a world of invisibility, dreams and the unconscious, in which all the senses are at once scrambled and awakened. A tale of two bodies, Untied Tales probes our fear of the intangible, the indiscernible, proposing the only solution possible: a meeting with the Other. 

 

Creation and choreography : Clara Furey & Peter Jasko 
Performers : Clara Furey & Peter Jasko
Composer : Tomas Furey
Light design : Alexandre Pilon-Guay
Artistic advisor : Catherine Gaudet
Technical director : Karine Gauthier
Rehearsal assistant : Samuel Lefeuvre & Jamie Wright
Consultant : Benoît Lachambre & Francis Ducharme
Executive poroducer : Par B.L.Eux
With the support of : Canada Council for the Arts du Canada, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec 

 

Clara Furey (Canada) is musician, choreographer, performer. She graduated at the Conservatoire de Paris, and later at l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal. Since 2011, she turns towards choreography and develops work that is focused on a hyper-awareness of sensory perception. After dancing for numerous choreographers, including Georges Stamos and Benoît Lachambre, who had a strong impact on her artistic approach, Clara Furey decided in 2003 to focus on choreographic creation and performance art, conceiving dance in terms of the body’s full range of movements, breaths, work, action.  She created projects at the crossroads of dance, performance and music., such as Hello… How Are You?, a dance-theatre hybrid co-created in with actress Céline Bonnier, Ciguë, co-created with French choreographer Eric Arnal Burtshy. Her works toured in numerous festivals including the Biennale of Venise, Les Rencontres Chorégraphiques in Paris, the Festival TransAmériques in Montreal, ImPulsTanz in Vienna, Performance Mix in N.Y and in different countries such as Lithuania, Czech Republic, Slovaquie, Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium. In addition to choreographic and performance work, Clara Furey shares her artistic processes through creative workshops and labs.
Untied Tales represents a pivotal stage in the path of Clara Furey, since it combines the artist’s overall reflections developed not only in dance, but in music and the performing arts. Continuing to delve into the darkest zones of existence, and to explore the theme of the encounter with the Other, Clara and Peter have created a dark and serious fairy tale. One that perfectly combines two distinct artistic approaches and sensibilities, each centered on physical and gestural research of extreme precision.
Clara Furey joined Par B.L.eux as an associate artist in 2016. 

 

Peter Jasko (Slovakia / Canada) was born in 1982 in Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia. He took his first dance classes with the folk dance company Dumbier Slovakia, where he remained for eleven years. From 1996 to 2001, Peter studied at the J.L. Bella Conservatory of Dance in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. He continued his training at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Bratislava before entering the P.A.R.T.S. School for Contemporary Dance in Brussels (2002), directed by Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker. His professional experience includes dancing with such international artists and companies as Opera Banska Bystrica, ASpO, Company Roberto Olivan, OXOXOX – Juri Konjar, G. Barberio Corsetti & Fatou Traore, and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. 
Since 2001, he has also collaborated with David Zambrano as both a performer and as assistant in his classes and workshops. Peter Jasko is the co-founder of Les SlovaKs Dance Collective, whose productions include Opening Night (2007), Journey Home (2009),The Koncert (2010) and Fragments (2012). In 2014, he directed the Svalbard Company’s All Genius All Idiot.The following year, Peter Jasko created Untied Tales (The Vanished Power of the Usual Reign) in collaboration with Clara Furey, which premiered at La Chapelle in Montreal. For the past twelve years, he has taught in some forty-six countries around the world. 

 

Excerpts from reviews:
A sublime dance of trembling bodies, Untied Tales by Clara Furey (Montreal) and Peter Jasko (Brussels), features two vulnerable beings in a mysteriously languorous setting. (...) There is as much aridity as sensuality in this wandering and staccato dance.There is something post-apocalyptic about its world—accentuated by the chiaroscuro lighting of Alexandre Pilon-Guay and polyphonic music of Tomas Furey—as well as innocent, where the pleasure of discovery is expressed with a certain purity.
Untied Tales: Sublime trembling bodies, Philippe Couture, Montreal Voir

 

Clara Furey has been my great discovery of the season.A multifaceted artist, she expresses herself with calm authenticity and wisdom beyond her years.This past week she stripped down theTheatre La Chapelle to a bare black room where two bodies tell a story with movement, music and lighting.
Nothing about this show is trying to prove something it’s not, and that easy realness is intoxicating. Every pose was thought out as if all the clutter had been cut away. I saw bodies used to make shapes I had never seen before, like a hinge with arms spread and rolling slowly like wings. I haven’t a clue what Clara and Peter were trying to say with this piece, but it seemed to speak to everyone in the audience that night. I had never heard an audience at La Chapelle go so wild.
Dance Profiler, Pia Savoie 

 

 

WHEN:
28th August at 20h00
WHERE:
Dance Theatre Ljubljana, Prijateljeva 2
TICKETS (for both performances):
6,00 EUR - discount ticket for Vibra 2019 workshops participants
8,00 EUR - student / senior ticket
14,00 EUR - regular price 
RESERVATIONS:
(available from 07.06.2019)
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Post-performance talk with the artists will be moderated by Andreja Kopač PhD.

 

Vibra festival evening is a co-production of Zavod Mirabelka and Dance Theatre Ljubljana.