NEW PROJECT IN PROGRESS
In cooperation with Jaro Viňarský and Lucia Kašiarová we are currently working on a new performance on the topic of the corporate working environment. In the performance you can look forward for performers Sára Arnstein, Lukas Bliss, Sabina Bočková, Leonardo Gaipa, Barbora Nechanická, Johana Pocková and Matthew Rogers with authorial music by Lukáš Palán. The premiere will take place 10th of December 2022 in Ponec - the dance venue.
"When greedy consumption is the order of the day, dehumanization becomes acceptable. Then, treating people like objects is not only acceptable but is required behavior." bell hooks, All About Love
LION`S DEN IN THE SHAPE IT! PROJECT
This year we are part of the project for young audiences Shape It! with our piece Lion's Den. The performance will be shaped in co-operation with children, so that the new version can be later performed for young audience. Our little advisors within the preparations of the adaptation will be children from 4th and 5th grades of primary school in Čerčany. New version of the original duet will be presented in Czech Republic within TANEC PRAHA 2022 festival, in schools in London in co-operation with The Place London and in artistic center for children Annantolo in Helsinki in Finland.
LION`S DEN UNLIMITED
Our participatory project Lion's Den UNLIMITED continues. In March we experienced a week long residency in the castle of Žďár nad Sázavou with the support of Center for choreographic research SE.S.TA. In co-operation with local community of dancers we elaborated the project more deeply. We are looking forward for upcoming presentations in České Budějovice within TANEC PRAHA 2022 festival or in Bassano Del Grappa in Italy as part of a B.Motion Festival.
9.5.2022 / 20:00 / Ponec - divadlo pro tanec / Praha, Czech Republic
16.6.2022 / 17:00 / stadion Strahov / Praha, Czech Republic
9.7.2022 / 19:00 / Julidans / Amsterdam, Netherlands
10.7.2022 / 19:00 / Julidans / Amsterdam, Netherlands
1.8.2022 / 20:00 / Krakow Dance Festival / Krakow, Poland
21.8.2022 / 20:00 / B.Motion Festival / Bassano Del Grappa, Italy
15.12.2022 / 20:00 / Ponec - divadlo pro tanec / Praha, Czech Republic
Treatment of Remembering
26.4.2022 / 20:00 / Česká taneční platforma 2022 / Praha, Czech Republic
29.4.2022 / 15:00 / Spring Forward festival / Elefsina, Greece
4.5.2022 / 20:00 / NU dance fest / Bratislava, Slovakia
21.5.2022 / 14:00 a 18:00 / festival Divadelní Flora / Olomouc, Czech Republic
10.6.2022 / TANEC PRAHA 2022 / CO.LABS / Brno, Česká republika
11.6.2022 / TANEC PRAHA 2022 / DIOD - divadlo otevřených dveří / Jihlava, Czech Republic 18.6.2022 / TANEC PRAHA 2022 / Švestkový dvůr / Malovice, Czech Republic
21.6.2022 / TANEC PRAHA 2022 / Moving Station / Plzeň, Czech Republic
17.7.2022 / KoresponDance festival / Žďár nad Sázavou, Czech Republic
13.8.2022 / Festival OBNAŽENI / Chomutov, Czech Republic
1.9.2022 / Tanzmesse / Düsseldorf, Germany
24.11.2022 / 20:00 / Ponec - divadlo pro tanec / Praha, Czech Republic
Lion’s Den UNLIMITED
14.6.2022 / TANEC PRAHA 2022 / Piaristické náměstí / České Budějovice, Czech Republic
18. - 20.8.2022 / B.Motion Festival / Bassano Del Grappa, Italy
To the Madonna with rust
23.4.2022 / 19:00 / Švestkový dvůr - Malovice, Czech Republic
24.4.2022 / 18:30 / Česká taneční platforma 2022 / Praha, Czech Republic
8.6.2022 / TANEC PRAHA 2022 / Divadlo DRAK / Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
15.6.2022 / TANEC PRAHA 2022 / České Budějovice, Czech Republic
25.6.2022 / TANEC PRAHA 2022 / Klášter Kladruby / Kladruby, Czech Republic
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.