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STF 2024: Boglarka Börcsök, Andreas Bolm “Figuring Age”

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Boglarka Börcsök, Andreas Bolm “Figuring Age” is part of the STF 2024: Sõltumatu Tantsu Festival (26.09 – 5.10.2024).

“Figuring Age” is a transgenerational, immersive and haunting performance-installation set at the liminal space between film, dance and theater. In a fictional ghost séance visitors encounter three elderly dancers: Éva, Irén and Ágnes –aged between 90 and 101– were once part of the development of modern dance in Hungary in the 1930s. Based on recordings of the dancers filmed in their private homes, the artist duo has sculpted a meticulous choreography of embodiment that lets their protagonists return on stage through Börcsök’s body and voice.
Retracing how each of the women transformed their life and dance practice to survive the socio-political changes of the 20th century, the artists explore how resilience, silence and trauma are inscribed in the body and in the movement.

Boglárka Börcsök (*1987) is a performing artist and choreographer who grew up near the Romanian and Serbian border in the lowlands of South-East Hungary. She studied contemporary dance at Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz, and at P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios) in Brussels. Currently, she is based in Berlin and Budapest.
Her work draws from archival research, personal encounters and the practice of listening and looking. She is interested in how memory and history is accessible not only in archival form but can be expressed through voices, gestures and movements, as a coexisting dimension of the present.

Filmmaker and producer Andreas Bolm (*1971) was born in Cologne, Germany, to a Hungarian mother and a German father. After working as musician and sound engineer in Manchester, England, he began to experiment with photography, sound, and video. He studied film at the film academy FAMU in Prague and at the documentary department of the University of Television and Film in Munich.
Andreas is currently working between Germany, Hungary and France. His films portray people in their social and familial environments, examining the fine line between documentary and fiction.

Concept, choreography & production: Boglárka Börcsök & Andreas Bolm
Elderly dancers: Éva E. Kovács, Irén Preisich, Ágnes Roboz
Performance: Boglárka Börcsök
Light & sound: Andreas Bolm
Costume & scenography: Boglárka Börcsök & Andreas Bolm
Video credits: Andreas Bolm & Boglárka Börcsök (editing), Lisa Rave (camera), Elisa Calosi (production manager),
Video commissioned by: Montag Modus/ MMpraxis
English translation: David Robert Evans
Performance produced by: Boglárka Börcsök & Andreas Bolm
Duration: 40 – 45 min (performance) + 15 min (video-installation)
Language: English
Date & place of premiere: 12.11.2021, Moving in November Festival, Helsinki, Finland

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