November 19, 2009 - 19:30 - 20:30
Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
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Open to the Public
Compagnie Pal Frenak

The Center for Arts and Culture is proud to announce two unique performances by one of Hungary's most renowned dance companies, Compagnie Pal Frenak. The performances will be part of the ongoing 10th anniversary celebrations of the company.

Pal Frenak was born in Budapest in 1957. Being raised by deaf and mute parents was a formative experience of his childhood. His primary means of expression was thus sign-language, which has made him susceptible to facial expressions, gestures, and the use of the body for conveying ideas. In the mid-1980s in Paris he worked with several renown figures of classical ballet, and studied the dance techniques of Cunningham and Limon. In 1989 he founded his Compagnie Pal Frenak in Paris. In 1999 the Compagnie Pal Frenak became a joint Hungarian-French company, based both in Budapest and Paris.

The young dancers, carefully selected by Frenak, have proved extremely inspiring for each other and have developed a unique dance style and an individual character over the years. Their work draws on an integrated use of facial expressions, sign-language, and body movements, as well as related genres (circus, theatre, fashion shows, contemporary music).

As part of the company’s 10th anniversary celebrations the dancers of Compagnie Pal Frenak, Kristof Varnagy and Nelson Reguera will bring the following two pieces to CEU.

MENNONO (15’) (Kristof Varnagy)

In Pal Frenak’s choreography we dive into a mysterious, blue universe. The dancer comes to life from statue-like stiff postures in this performance that draws on the art of movement peculiar to Buto. The gestures unfold in an almost imperceptible way, projecting onto each other the means of expression used by the dancer and the sign language of the deaf and dumb.

ESCAPE (15’) (Nelson Reguera)

Nelson Reguera is a Cuban dancer, who’s been a member of the company since 2005. Escape is inspired by his ties to his homeland. Many Cubans tried to flee to America in hope of a better life, many of them holding onto only inner tubes of tractor tires during their flight. Escape is about their flight.

The performances will be followed by a discussion with the dancers.

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