28 August 2021
VIKTOR ČERNICKÝ: PLI
Duration: 40 min
Concept / choreography / performance: Viktor Černický
Lighting design : Zuzana Režná
Dramaturgy: Lukáš Karásek
Technical realisation: Drahomír Stulír
Co-production: PONEC – dance venue
Premiere: November 11th 2018, PONEC – dance venue
In collaboration with:
PONEC – dance venue (CZ), BuranTeatr Brno (CZ), CNK Záhrada Banská Bystrica (SK), Théâtre De L’arsenal Val-de-Reuil (FR), CIRQUEON Praha (CZ), Alfréd ve dvoře Theatre (CZ), Studio Alta and Festival Bazaar (CZ), Pôtoň Theatre (SK), Festival Kiosk (SK), CSC – Centro per la Scena Contemporanea Bassano del Grappa (IT)
Financially supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and The City of Brno.
PLI brings together 22 conference chairs, obsessive rhythm and one devoted man. On a small platform, Viktor Černický dives resolutely into the effort for indefinite construction, reconstruction and deconstruction of the Universe. The outcome is an intelligent and playful solo – a physical metaphore for endless human dynamics, patience and striving that turns even the most ordinary objects into incredible pieces of architecture.
Following the baroque philosophy of Gottfried Willhelm Leibniz, PLI is an unpredictable and humorous performance where baroque robustness is replaced with spatial modesty and material minimalism.
„My interest in ply – or a curve – as intricate and playful figure emerged while reading a magical-realistic trilogy Our Ancestors by Italo Calvino, and grew along with reading Gilles Deleuze’s stirring philosophical text PLY where Deleuze describes Baroque era from the viewpoint of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz – the iconic Baroque philosopher. I found his thinking very close to a magical performance with only one difference: there are no magic tricks. Leibniz brings together the seemingly impossible. He makes us wonder about the complexity and refinement of this World with using very simple principles. He multiplies and folds them in every possible way and so many times that, in the end, we all face the Creation as sophisticated piece of architecture. Extremely rich in details, greatly elaborate in style, robustly shaped and hard to believe, and yet very simple, modest and absolutely true. Leibniz truly was a child of Baroque era.
The idea leading me to creating a performance that bends our imagination and takes our breaths without being narrow in form and straighforward in expression thus unreeled from Calvino’s playful bend of fiction and non-fiction, and from Leibniz’s need to reflect the reality that, to a single human being, often becomes transcending.“
PLI has been awarded with the Audience Award and Total Award of the Czech Dance
Platform 2019. Viktor Černický has received a nomination for concept and choreography
in Dance and Movement Theatre category at Theatre News Award 2019.
VIKTOR ČERNICKÝ creates works that straddle the fine line between dance, performance, circus, and physical theater. He heads the long-term research project The Body as Object / The Object as Body, which looks at the dynamics of relationships between the object and the subjective individuality of the performer.
His first solo performance Parolapolea earned him nominations in categories Dancer of the Year and Dance Performace of the Year at the 2017 Czech Dance Platform, and was presented with a special award in the form of participation at the Choreographic Research Week at the B-Motion Festival in Bassano del Grappa. His latest solo piece PLI, presented after 2 years of work in November 2018, received the Audience Award and Total Award of Czech Dance Platform 2019. With this performance Viktor has become a part of Aerowaves Twenty20 selection.
Alongside his own work, he has also collaborated and performed with Jaro Viňarský, Dominique Boivin, Daniel Gulko and Compagnie Mossoux-Bonté, among others.
Currently, he has been working on a new piece Prima: A collective self-portrait (working title) in which public will be engaged instead of professional performers. The piece, with premiere planned for 2021 is now looking for potencial partners for residencies, public meetings, workshops and presentations.