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ME-SA, Andrej Petrovič: L/One of the Seven

The unceasing infernal tempest,
Tears down the souls, pulls them about, tosses them,
Rubs one against the other, those sinners.
(Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy) 

L stands for „Lust“ – desire, passion, pleasure, fornication. It refers to something over the line, to something extreme. Choreographer Andrej Petrovič places only one person on the stage – a woman, whose thirst can never be satisfied. A queen, who sinks into the depths of her own inability to rest, calm down, stop and resist her wishes and desires at the same time. The self-destruction becomes her choice.    

L / One of the Seven is the first of seven solos, in which the author is going to render the topic of the seven deadly sins. At the same time, this project is a comeback of choreographer Andrej Petrovič to Central Europe, after he had worked for almost ten years abroad, above all as a dancer and choreography assistant at the Akram Khan Company. The central character of this project is Martina Hajdyla Lacová, the founder of the ME-SA ensemble and the Dance of the Year 2015 Award holder.   

Lim Set Byeol (KR): Hello?

Corporate culture in Asia places strong pressure on self-control, and is reflected throughout Korean society. Just no emotion! It is inappropriate to express anxiety, shame, excitement, fear, anger. Everything has its own order. When and where can you actually freely express yourself? At the theatre, perhaps. The author openly shares her feelings and her duet captivated audiences at Masdanza.

This bold criticism of the pressures of South Korean society earned Main award from the international jury at Masdanza. Lim Set impressed audiences with her exceptional precision, coordination and incredible dance technique, which is no coincidence, as she danced two years with Akram Khan. The complexity of the work is emphasized by sound, costumes and the lighting atmosphere.