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Après Rasage has been shortlisted for "best choreography" in the annual Operaplus.cz dance awards!

The Argentine Tango is associated with a number of myths and stereotypes: undying passion, desire, red roses between the teeth...

We are all surrounded by such stereotypes, and I try to observe them through a slightly different lens, putting everything into a different context, full of rituals and gestures, in which things seem to appear either black or white.

But Après Rasage is about more than that. It is, in essence, about men, manliness, and various aspects of masculinity - which may seem laughable, disconcerting or even reassuring. The question is, why? And, why is it that we have lost the capacity to read between the lines..?

Work commissioned by NDM Ballet Ostrava, and premiered in November 2017 at the Jiří Myron Theatre, Ostrava.

"The program opens with a current piece, Après rasage by Regina Hofmanová...mocking the caricature of the narcissist macho...solos (excellent male pas de deux) intertwine with group synchronicity. The only woman appears a bit later, only to be voyeristically viewed and passed about with subtle dynamism and again vanish towards the end."

General Anzeiger (Germany)​

"From Barocco to Jazz puts on stage three pieces whose common denominator consists of the masculine and feminine physicalities, with bodies engaged in a cheerful dialogue whose liberating expression even has touches of humour, specially in the first performance: that’s Après rasage (music by Piazzolla), by Regina Hofmanova, in her Italian debut."

Amadeus-News (Italy)

 

"...Regina Hofmanová’s choreography has the most consistent story line...

...putting emphasis on the symbolism and elegance of movement.

Hofmanová symbolically disrupts the myth of a fiery tango, full of passion; and looks [instead] from a different viewpoint, stressing the significance of gesture, suggestion, and emancipated male tango dancing...

Through subtle leadership and deep understanding of each individual dancers’ character, Hofmanová convincingly brings out their personality and acting talent."

Ostravan magazine (Czech)

"...a wonderful symbiosis of props, light design and dance, all creating a palette of breathtaking imagery and emotions."

Divá báze magazine (Czech)

"...Hofmanová takes her time, she works with the changing dynamics typical of tango...

...closing with a sequence of the most interesting lifts."

operaplus.cz (Czech)

Besame is a feature length production involving 4 dancers and a very large number of dolls. This surreal nightmare delves into the subconcious touching on the darker aspects of 'be careful what you wish for'. Physical dance theatre with black humor and absurd undertones.

Besame was created with financial assistance from the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, and performed at the Ponec Theatre Prague, La Fabrica Theatre Prague, and SIRAEX Festival.

"Regina Hofmanova's choreography, which is characterised by parody, sarcasm and exaggeration has celebrated another success. The piece is based around everyday situations, allowing the audience to observe themselves at a distance, and to have a laugh at their own expense, even if that laughter will sometimes freeze on their faces. It is such parody and sarcasm, bordering on cruelty, that is typical of Regina Hofmanova. It is not the movement vocabulary that sets her apart from the rest, but her approach to the creative choreographic process. In the Ponec theatre (opening night) the audience actually laughed out loud – something which seldom happens with contemporary dance.

The show mixes tension with relaxed moments, everyday gestures and stylised movement. The dancers (three female and one male) communicate together, they evolve, but with no happy end to be seen. Social conventions mask private drama, inconspicuously hidden to the bystander. The viewer has a chance to penetrate this surface, which is visible in the world of purified feelings and passion, the world where dreams turn into nightmares."

divadlo.cz

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Choreography for Oaza Dance Company for people with mental disabilities.

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