photography © 2005 Thomas Körtvélyessy (left) © 2005 Cor Kapaan (right)
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Reàl Dance Company is the name of Körtvélyessy's enterprise, under which he has created solo- and group pieces since 1996, with various collaborators, and in many different contexts. The kinds of works range from very accessible community-dance to highly individual solo-performances.
Productions and projects have been supported with grants by the Rotterdam Arts Council / Programme for Cultural Participation, Dansateliers Rotterdam, SKVR Dansschool, the Municipality of the Borough of Delfshaven (Rotterdam), Stichting ter Bevordering van Volkskracht, Stichting Elise Mathilde Fonds, European Cultural Foundation, Fleur Groenendijk Foundation, Akasha Foundation, CLOUD at Danslab, Open Dans Festival / Stg. Sanne, Kinetic Awareness® Center, Emily Harvey Foundation, and aisthesis (stg. in oprichting) as well as private sponsors.
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available tension / sensitive energy and con·sens·us
the first practice focusses on expression,
(continued practice of available tension leading to sensitive energy)
the second practice brings both to inter-relational qualities.
all are used for the living moment of performance.
the big X
Thomas Körtvélyessy started using the X symbol around 1998. *
it is not only used as a symbol, but also an operator:
the maXimum of what can be gotten, in an X-change & relation, optimum balancing
also: interfacing the (still) un-known
the operator was first used officially in the title of a collaboration with Andreas Simon nord X wald :
the two entities (North and forest) were related to each other - the resulting tensions produced the dance works.
by intentionally tilting the more static + sign, X also signifies movement aXceleration ...
it is therefore programmatic with the will to eXplore new relationships for X-change and understanding
and arrive at a better ability to move on ...
ever since then, the symbol has been part of the logo of Reàl Dance Company
* the process of choice happened entirely unaware of Malcolm X
remaining firmly within a Eurocentric education until much later
Thomas Körtvélyessy is a Certified Master Teacher of Kinetic Awareness®, a dance technique that he studied with its originator Elaine Summers and at the Kinetic Awareness® Center, from 1995-2007 / 2012 and onward.
He has synthesized his own approaches on this base, most recently bridging technique, a syllabus that builds up the necessary skills for mastering geometric-shaped movement vocabulary in a body-friendly and organic way, going beyond the restrictions of most current approaches.
He is affiliated as an external guide-teacher with ArtEZ Dansacademie and has taught at ArtEZ, Fontys Dansacademie Tilburg, codarts Rotterdam, CLOUD at Danslab, CIRCLE Rotterdam, SKVR Dansschool, Kinetic Awareness® Center, and the National University of Arts, Seoul, South Korea, dept. of Choreography.
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I want to face the
unknown, what is beyond my individual patterns, make us
all more acquainted with situations where we don't
really know what is going to happen next. I believe this
can be trained, just like good dancing or any other
consequently it can become easier to deal with chaos and unpredictability through successful realisations of our creative imagination, helping the development of viable alternatives to present-day problems.
black & white photography © 2008 by Konrad Szymański used with kind permission
from a workshop Improvisation by Claire O'Neal (Brussels)
organised by Rita VIlhena / Baila Louca Rotterdam, Netherlands 2008