25.2. / 18:00 / Lion's Den for children audience (FAMILY FRIENDLY) / PONEC - divadlo pro tanec / Prague
21.3. / 20:00 / Treatment of Remembering / PONEC - divadlo pro tanec / Prague
20.4. / 20:00 / Bodies Together / PONEC - divadlo pro tanec / Prague
22.4. / 18:00 / Bodies Together / PONEC - divadlo pro tanec / Prague
25.4. / 20:00 / Lion`s Den / PONEC - divadlo pro tanec / Prague
16.5. / 17:00 / To the Madonna With Rust / kostel Panny Marie Sněžné / Divadelní Flora Olomouc
17.5. / 17:00 / To the Madonna With Rust / kostel Panny Marie Sněžné / Divadelní Flora Olomouc
20.5. / Lion`s Den UNLIMITED / Divadelní svět Brno
28.5. / To the Madonna With Rust / Festival Danza Contemporanea / Bergamo, Italy
28.5. / Treatment of Remembering / Festival Danza Contemporanea / Bergamo, Italy
10.6. / Lion`s Den UNLIMITED / Bánská Bystrica / Dni tanca
11.6. / Lion`s Den UNLIMITED / Bánská Bystrica / Dni tanca
16.6. / 18:00 / Lion`s Den UNLIMITED / Karlovy Vary / TANEC PRAHA festival
17.6. / Bodies Together / PONEC - divadlo pro tanec / Prague / as part of PQ+ program of Prague Quadrienalle
18.6. / Treatment of Remembering / Smetanova Litomyšl
21.6. / Lion`s Den UNLIMITED / Choceň / TANEC PRAHA festival
26.6. / 16:00 a 18:00 / Lion`s Den UNLIMITED / Plzeň / TANEC PRAHA festival
NEW PROJECT "FAIRY TALES"
We are currently working on a new production Fairy Tales in cooperation with European platform Big Pulse Dance Alliance and coproduction partners Tanec Praha (CZ), Julidans (NL) and Sísmograf (ESP). With an international team together with 8 dancers we are exploring the topic of womanhood, values that women's essence is bringing to our world and reimagining of our visions of happy endings.
POCKETART is a team of creators working in the field of contemporary dance and physical theater under the direction of the choreographers Johana Pocková and Sabina Bočková. As part of its projects, the team brings together artists from the fields of dance, music, scenography, fine arts, and light design.
The work of the team is characterized by tackling topics that go beyond the personal experience of the individual and touch upon societal issues such as manipulation through media, global environmental threats, stress in a competitive environment, or the position of an individual in the corporate work system. The creators try to approach these topics comprehensively through detailed work with all theatrical components. For each of their works, they always look for a new stylization of physical expression unique to the topic at hand, creating dance images from specific body references. Through their distinctive poetics, visual purity and strong original music, the performances aim to give birth to a spiritual experience, compelling the audience to reflect on our society.
In 2018, the team introduced their first performance, Warehouses Full of Emotions, inspired by intergenerational views of femininity and the authentic memories of an old lady. Under the choreographic direction of Johana Pocková, four dancers collaborated on this work, as well as Pockova’s 89-year-old grandmother and an 8-year-old girl. This performance was later transformed into the dance film Folds of Touch. In 2019, POCKETART introduced Onto the Scale! - Johana Pocková’s duet with the central theme of stress in a competitive environment.
In 2019, having previously collaborated on several projects, Sabina Bočková and Johana Pocková created Lion's Den, a duet pondering the themes of media manipulation and political populism. This work was selected for the Czech Dance Platform 2020, included in Top 20 of the choreographic platform AerowavesTwenty21, and the duet was performed at the festivals TANEC PRAHA 2020 and 2021, Kenya International Theater Festival, New Baltic Dance Festival, Malá Inventura, and the Flora a festival in Olomouc.
In the following years, the performance Lion's Den was transformed into two other projects. One of them is the outdoor performance Jáma lvová UNLIMITED, which involves 14 professional and 14 non-professional dancers, who together create and subsequently perform choreography based on the original duet. This project was part of the festival TANEC PRAHA 2021 and was shortlisted for the European platform Big Pulse Dance Alliance. The Lion's Den was also included in the project Shape It!, which gives artists an opportunity to collaborate with children and adapt their work for young audiences. The partners of Shape It! are The Place London, Comune di Bassano del Grappa, Tanec Praha, and Annantalo.
In 2020, the team premiered Treatment of Remembering, a performance created by Sabina Bočková, Johana Pocková, and Inga Zotova-Mikshina. It touches upon the topics of the global threat to the environment and the disappearance of nature from our world. This piece won the International Jury Prize and the Audience Award at Czech Dance Platform 2021, as well as being included in Aerowaves Twenty22.
The latest POCKETART piece is To the Madonna with Rust, a solo performance by Johana Pocková, which was nominated for TANEC PRAHA festival 2022.
The long-term co-production partners of POCKETART are Tanec Praha z.ú. and Ponec dance venue. The creative team is financially supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, the Capital City of Prague, the State Cultural Fund and Prague 3 City District. POCKETART’s performances are regularly performed on Prague stages such as the dance venue Ponec, Venuše ve Švehlovce, Studio ALTA, as well as in venues around the Czech Republic and abroad.
The annual report for 2019 can be downloaded here
The annual report for 2020 can be downloaded here
The annual report for 2021 can be downloaded here
Johana Pocková (* 1992)
graduated from the Duncan Centre Dance Conservatory in Prague, completed a six-month internship at the Peridance Capezio Centre in New York and two years at the SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance). ...
Sabina Bočková (* 1995)
is a choreographer and dancer based in Prague (Czech Republic). She studied classical and modern dance and after dancing in ballet companies for three years she decided to work
as a freelance artist.
The wheels of my bicycle pierced the fog and drove through puddles on the old, paved road in the quiet hills of Šumava. Dad and I drove wordlessly through the gloomy landscape and arrived at the dilapidated chapel. I stood in amazement. From the broken, rusted image, Madonna stared at me, her face sprinkled with rain.
The three performers undergo the Treatment of Remembering procedure together with the audience remembrance) in a time when man-exhausted nature no longer exists. IN poetic dance paintings fall into a state of remembering nature in emptied space-time. Through the artificial imitation of the world that has pushed out the real world, they point to the ever-replacing of the natural environment with the artificial products of human activity.
Began as a performative research on the media, political populism, and their manipulative forces. The two performers become the embodiment of physical and visual images inspired by the media space. In a relentless dance duet, they fall together with the spectator into a symbolic lion's den, which becomes an abyss of uncertainties and ambiguities.
Life is a permanent audition. The dancers and the actor are forced to enter the weight of the selection - during the audition for the role. The distress of the competition naturally suppresses the collegial relationship and one's own dignity. What's worse, falling out of a theatrical role or out of a life role? Theatrum mundi.
The dance film Folds of Touch is based on the performance WAREHOUSES FULL OF EMOTIONS as an intergenerational experiment investigating womanhood, inspired by authentic memories of an old lady - the choreographer´s grandmother. The camera follows 4 female dancers, an eight-year-old little girl, and a 90-year old grandmother on the stage while performing. It is both a documentary of the play and fiction depciting the women's lives in the real time.
4 young dancers, 1 eight-year-old girl,
1 eighty - nine - year - old grandmother
The performance is an intergenerational experiment exploring aspects of womanhood inspired by the old lady's authentic life memories. (grandmothers choreographers)
Lion’s Den UNLIMITED is a participative project, inspired by an original piece Lion’s Den, which connects professional and amateur dancers through creative work consisting of a video tutorial, a dance workshop, and a subsequent original performance (see practical info). The aim of the project is to transfer the performance into a public space and cast local communities of contemporary dance enthusiasts into the performing roles.
An immersive performative journey on the subject of the phenomenon of corporations and their influence on the lives of individuals and the global community. One of the several meanings of the term “corporation” comes from several people / bodies coming together to form one person / body. They unite to become a collective. Abstracted, BODIES TOGETHER.
When creating this immersive performative journey, we primarily relied on this pleasant sounding thought, which enabled us to discover certain poetics on the corporate issue.
Performed by a fierce duo of two dancers to music played by a DJ, The Lion’s Den is a captivating and entertaining duet that makes you question who follows and who leads in our world as well as on stage. At the end of the show you'll be invited for a disscusion and then on stage to throw your own shapes!