As Long as We Dance

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  • author: Renata Piotrowska-Auffret
    director: Renata Piotrowska-Auffret
    scene: Tereza Beranová
    costumes: Tereza Beranová
    music: Simon Auffret
    dramaturgy: Jan Horák

    cast: Cécile Da Costa, Martina Hajdyla Lacová, (Česky) Zuzana Sceranková, Johana Schmidtmajerová, Veronika Švábová, (Česky) Diana Toniková

    As Long as We Dance is the first in the series of dance performances to be premiered at the Studio Hrdinů each of the several following seasons. As Long as We Dance was created by the world-renowned Polish conceptual choreographer Renata Piotrowska-Auffret in cooperation with a team of Czech theatre professionals. The performace’s point of departure is the current pandemic situation we find ourselves in, which gave death more than just one fatal meaning. The pandemia has thrown social death upon us, changed our habits and usurped all our attention. The performance As Long as We Dance is a revolt – a revolt of those, who are or were in the most complicated of situations – that is, women and mothers. The feminist dimension of the performance guarantees that As Long as We Dance is not merely a product of this particularly extreme period of our time, but a universally valid image of our society. Dance is the major narrative tool, although the general concept of the performance is multigenre, radically employs spoken word and distinctively artistic stage setting.

    It is so fucking difficult to find the energy to comfort my daughter as I’m crying in the pillow every night. I’m this desperate.

    It is so fucking difficult to have strenght to get up since my daugther’s dad got locked down sick thousands of kilometers away from us and her grandad is fighting for life in the hospital.

    It is so fucking difficult to tell her that it will be okay.

    ‘Cause I’m not sure I am not lying to her. 

    I don’t know. 

    I feel. 

    We feel what is now.

    We are alive.

    As long as we dance.

    premiere: 10. 12. 2021