Two women, both dancers, both the same age, are said to have a remarkable physical resemblance. At first, they have no idea about each other, maybe they just heard that everyone has a double somewhere. Is it possible to find answers through another person? What makes us identify and connect with others and ourselves? Tereza Ondrová and Francesca Foscarini go on a journey between a documentary and an intimate statement, between one’s own body and personal experience. In their joint work, they touch on a number of topics, such as the female psyche and its changes, loneliness, vulnerability and, finally, acceptance of the state in which the performing arts currently find themselves. And even though these two women don’t know each other, can they share an emotional bond that transcends geography?
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About the company
Temporary Collective is a live platform with a wide range of collaborators that creates dance and theatre pieces, audio performances and work in the urban environment, using research and conceptual processes. The collective is founded and led by dancer Tereza Ondrová and director Petra Tejnorová.
Dancer, choreographer and teacher Tereza Ondrová studied Dance Pedagogy at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. In 2004, she co-founded the dance company VerTeDance with which she created more than 25 pieces. Since 2012, she has been collaborating with Peter Šavel, with whom she created the duet Boys who Like to Play with Dolls (2014) and As Long as Holding Hands (2015). Boys who Like to Play with Dolls was awarded the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award (2015), Dance Piece of the Year and Dancer of the Year 2014 in the Czech Republic, nominated for a Total Theatre Award and selected by Aerowaves in 2014.
Since 2016, she has been working with film and theatre director Petra Tejnorová (Temporary Collective). As a dancer and performer , she has collaborated with choreographers such as Charlotta Öfverholm, Karine Ponties, David Zambrano, and Anton Lahký. She also teaches at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and delivers movement courses for actors at the National Theatre in Prague.
Ondrová has also participated in the Dancing Museums project, over the course of which she often worked with audio guides to accompany and shift the audience into new perspectives. She also enlisted the guards of the museum galleries to provide descriptions of the spaces the visitors were unable to visit via a phone call, interweaving their subjectivity with the human connection that comes when two strangers meet over a common task. This led to the research and creation of SILENT, an audio performance for a group of audience members, focused on immobility, observation and reflection of movement. She is currently working on a new piece INSECTUM in … with Silvia Gribaudi (premiere in June 2022) and MOVE: A collective distance choreography (working title), another work to be premiered in November 2022, for which they are now looking for potential partners for residencies, public meetings, workshops and presentations.