József Trefeli & Gábor Varga: Creature, Foto: Gregory Batardon


József Trefeli & Gábor Varga (CH)

József Trefeli and Gábor Varga have a strong ability to analyse and reinvent traditional dance. In “Creature” they use numerous “props” of this dance as a starting point, such as sticks, whips, masks and costumes. They playfully deconstruct and recycle these traditional accessories and processions to make them relevant to today’s audience. Taking over old things that are meant to be thrown away, deconstructing them, rebuilding them in order to use them anew – this is a wonderful process. It’s not about repairing, it’s about working in a new context. A “Fakelore” of its own emerges, a completely new creature. In 2017 “Creature” was awarded the Swiss Dance Prize.

József Trefeli is Australian by birth with Hungarian roots, a graduate of the University of Melbourne and a former dancer with the Alias Dance Company in Geneva. In 2005 he founded his own company and developed – true to his multicultural background – the virtous handling of different dance styles, performance forms, traditions and influences into his trademark. He travels all over the world with his pieces.

Creature was awarded the Swiss Dance Price in 2017 as the most outstanding contemporary dance piece in Switzerland, in the current dance works category.

Duration: 35 Min

original idea, choreography: József Trefeli & Gábor Varga

dance: József Trefeli & Gyula Cserepes

music: Frédérique Jarabo

mask: Christophe Kiss

costume: Kata Tóth

photo: Gregory Batardon

specialist in traditional dances from the Carpathian basin Kristóf Fundák

funding: Département de la Culture of the City of Geneva, Pro Helvetia, Loterie Romande, Schweizerische Interpretengenossenschaft SIG, Commune de Lancy, Migros Pour-cent Culturel, Corodis, Republic and Canton of Geneva

co-production and residency: ADC / association pour la danse contemporaine, ADC Studios, Geneva CH; Le CND, centre national de la danse, Pantin FR; Arsenic – centre d’art scénique contemporain –  Lausanne CH; Kaserne Basel CH; CCN – Ballet de Lorraine, Nancy FR; Migrations, Wales UK

residency: la Briqueterie CDC du Val-de-Marne FR; Tanzhaus Zurich CH

other partners: MEG Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève, CH; CCN Rillieux-la-Pape – director Yuval Pick, FR, Label Bobine Genève

A project in cooperation with the adc – Genève, ADN Neuchâtel, Arsenic Lausanne, Dampfzentrale Bern, éviDanse, Kaserne Basel, Théâtre Les Halles Sierre and Zürcher Theater Spektakel Zürich, in the frame work of fonds des programmateurs / Reso – Réseau Danse Switzerland. With the financial assistance of  Pro Helvetia, Ernst Göhner Stiftung

with thanks to: Natacha Koutchoumov, Rudi van der Merwe, Rares Donca, Réka Farkas, Annelies Adamo, Sally Corry, Jemma Turner, Laurent Junod, Institut Balassi – Hungarian Institute of Paris, Pannonia Danse Hongroise