Ondrová Tereza

dancer, choreographer

Tereza Ondrová has been active on the Czech dance scene within her company VerTeDance, founded in 2004. During their active years, this group developped several highly acclaimed pieces. Known and sought after for her strong dancing personality, she nowadays collaborates with Petra Tejnorová within the Temporary Collective.

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Tereza studied dance pedagogy at the Academy of Performing Arts Prague. She founded VerTeDance with Veronika Knytlová and Pavel Kotlík. Among their succesful pieces, several received awards at the Czech Dance Platform, such as Silent Talk (Award for „discovery in dance“ 2005) or What Is the Weight of Your Desire? (Dance Piece of the Year 2012).

Correction, a 2014 collaboration with director Jiří Havelka and Clarinet Factory, received numerous accolades – apart from the Dance Piece of the Year also internationally. It received Herald Angel Award 2015 (Fringe Festival), Audience Award at BE Festival 2015, Mess Festival Award 2015, Total Theatre Awards 2015 nomination.

Ondrová also received a title Dancer of the year for her work as Mrs. Vltavská in The Cases of Dr. Touret, as well as the same award for 2019 piece Same same, created with Temporary Collective.

Since 2012 Tereza collaborates with Slovak dancer and choreographer Peter Šavel with whom she created two duets. Playing with their seemingly resembling physiques, they create original physical images in Boys Who Like to Play With Dolls (Total Theatre Award nomination, Priority Companies list 2014 Aerowaves) and As Long As Holding Hands (2015).

Director Petra Tejnorová already participated on the piece What Is the Weight of Your Desire. Since 2016 Tereza Ondrová collaborates with her on more permanent basis. Together they created projects You Are Here (2016, Audience Award of the Czech Dance Platform 2017), Nothing Sad (2017) and Let’s Go to Dance (2017).

They also created a documentary film Hello, Is Anyone Out There? (2017), presenting a children’s view of the (dance) world.

Their duet Same, same (2018), choreographed by Karine Ponties, again showcased Tereza’s strong personality and humour she brings to the stage.

Besides her own creative work, she is active as a performer, collaborating with Charlotte Öfverholm (Found and Lost), David Zambrano (Ceviche) or Anton Ĺahký (Heaven Is the Place).

Recently, Tereza has been active in various projects, such as Dancing Museums, a project in which Tanec Praha's partner is the Prague City Gallery and Tereza Ondrová is the selected artist is dancer and choreographer. During lockdown she has been working on a piece with Italian dancer Francesca Foscarini (premiere planned for 2021 at Alta) while also involved in Temporary Collective’s project Voices. Her new solo project Insectum In Prague is being developped in collaboration with Silvie Gribaudi.

„The strongest and funniest moment was provided by Tereza Ondrová alias Mrs. Vltavská at the very end. Her passion for Smetana's composition Vltava revealed everything. Mrs. Vltavská is not at all as boring and stubborn as she looks at first glance, but she can unpack it like hell. From the tiny twitches on her face, at her fingertips, and the slight sway of her grip on the gramophone records and scores of My Country‘s notes, she relaxes so much that she dances the space madly and bounces until she is completely exhausted.“

Lucie Štádlerová, Taneční aktuality