With the body as their Alpha and Omega, Linda Kapetanea and Jozef Fruček’s every choreographic endeavour sets out to explore their personal style in movement. Wanting more than the logic of a strictly dance idiom, they focus on what can be expressed through movement and the illumination of their inner, emotional world through theatricality and instinctive on-stage communication.
Searching for dramaturgical underpinnings this time in collaboration with Hildegard De Vuyst, know well from long collaboration with Alan Platel and Royal Flemish Theater, they grapple with the crisis of identity facing a society that seeks constancy but whose safety limits have changed.
The company returns to the human dimension of things and eavesdrop on the body to redefine their position ‘in a moment of profound reflection on reality’. Thus, although risk and hi-voltage movement remain at the epicenter of RootlessRoot’s work, the convulsive on-stage action is now complemented by tenderness as bodies succumb to decay and everything reverts to inwardness—an absolutely and necessarily human aspect of existence.
Concept and choreography
LINDA KAPETANEA and JOZEF FRUČEK
HILDEGARD DE VUYST
Light and visual design
Set design assistant
LINDA KAPETANEA, JOZEF FRUČEK
ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE
DUNCAN DANCE RESEARCH CENTER, ELLEDANSE BRATISLAVA
Jemma Bicknell and Jen Teale
Terrorizing their audience with a much darker comment on society, RootlessRoot express their disturbed discontent through a torrent of violent movement performed with outstanding energy. Their work, Eyes in the Colours of the Rain is a feast of vision and sound that shocks and confuses.
Eyes in the Colours of the Rain prompts me to imagine the process of development choreographers went through to arrive at some of the brutal and fascinating imagery presented in the work. The complex and mesmerising performance is unapologetic in its assault on the sense from beginning to end.
An alternative piece that is definitely above the mainstream of what is being created within our music-theatre scene… The strong final scene depicts the absurdity of life… Anger, violence, dependence on the other, contempt, alienation, apathy, the denial of oneself – all these are motives that make the piece a very suggestive testimony of our present time…
A great burning energy is spreading around excellent performers…
RootlessRoot Company know how to make the audience depressed. But they also know how to make them laugh. The show Eyes In The Colours Of The Rain wasn’t one to let the audience down. It is a combination of coherent composition, good ideas, perfect motion, good choice of reproduced and live music, witty spoken word, and scenic effects.
…This piece brings new fight material - fight material transformed into dance duets and trios. Fight, the most natural of all male dance styles, is a core element of Fruček’s dance identity… Jozef Fruček is a choreographer whose thinking and creation is deeply enrooted in rituals, a choreographer with an ear for overtones of our present time.