CC Amstel, Grote Zaal
Body as a Weapon features a female performer rehearsing her dance from Czechoslovak socialist propaganda. The dancer moves on the verge between joy and frustration as she prepares to perform at the renowned parade. Her gymnastic choreography questions coexistence of pride and oppression.
Body as a Weapon is a dance and multimedia solo inspired by grand parades called “Spartakiada” practiced in Czechoslovakia in the times of Socialism. These parades united thousands of people synchronized in unison choreography, demonstrating the idea of peace and community on one hand, political power on the other.
This performance of athletic and rhythmic action examines the cultural and historical context of Eastern European socialist propaganda and highlights the use of female body as a tool for political domination. Sandra (the dancer) appears on stage as one of many, as a woman participating in the Spartakiada parade. The performer is in constant conflict between embracing the mask of superficial contentment within the display of her skill and her true feelings and thoughts.
Intense performance of precision, repetition and vulnerability, Body as a Weapon shows an intimate physical confession expressed through movement manipulation, text and video.
Sandra’s work is a bright light, a searing, physicalization of our contradictory lives.
In a country where the public and political world entered the private, the divide between one’s own thoughts and shared goals became a daily dance.
Sandra Kramerová is Amsterdam-based dance maker of Slovak origin. Recently arrived to the Netherlands, with international experience (from Slovakia, Israel and NYC), Sandra’s dances feature strong physical work with philosophical intention. In her most recent work, she questions the meaning of Dance (About dance, Fireflies and the end of the world as we know it) and embodies the performance struggle of female Olympic athletes and superheroines (LADIA). Dance Film LADIA, based on the original stage choreography, screened at festivals such as Cinedans and San Francisco Dance Film Festival. As a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College (NY) with MFA in Dance Sandra works with personal topics inspired by her Slovak background and uses text and/or video to create a complete theatrical experience. Before participating in Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company’s International Dance Program in Israel she received her BA in Choreography at University of Performing Arts in Slovakia. Sandra’s work has been presented at Frascati, CC Amstel and Dansmakers in Amsterdam and Theater De Generator in Leiden, and previously at Dixon Place, BAM Fisher and Danspace Project in New York City.
Choreography and performance: Sandra Kramerová
Dramaturgy: Freek Duinhof
Music: Denisa Uherová
Video: Álvaro Congosto
Lighting Design: Boaz van den Ban
Pictures: Sjoerd Derine and ČTK archive