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SE.S.TA Centre for Choreographic Development in partnership with Core Dance:
19th Century (wo)Man - A Contemporary Intervention

Under the Artistic Direction of Sue Schroeder (Core Dance/USA), 6 Czech and 6 American Dance Makers participated in a five week long creative residency. Inspired by the artistic intention of artists and works exhibited in the permanent exhibition,1796–1918: ART OF THE LONG CENTURY, participants in this residency worked collectively and collaboratively to create an immersive performance experience for audience and museum goers. The exhibition's three major chapters - Man, The World and Ideas – and the exhibition’s unique beginning with the birth of the Society of the Patriotic Friends of the Arts (February 5, 1796 in Prague) provided increasingly dynamic and new stimuli for this Collaboration/Cooperation. The Dance Makers offered a kinesthetic view and/or experience of the art of the past in a unique way. Closely aligned with artistic intention and creative process, the performance took place within the exhibition – Trade Fair Palace – 4th Floor. Mirroring aspects and works within the exhibition and characterized by a certain departure from traditional notions of dance, the Dance Makers supported the unusually fruitful and inspirational debate within the exhibition while facilitating a kinesthetic entry point into the telling of the ‘story of arts’.  

The Dance Makers on this project discussed topics generated by their creative process, share their points of view and inspire one another to broaden their points of view. Engaging artistically driven research practices, Ms. Schroeder guided the dance making process with authenticity, physicality. and enquiry.

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Meet the Artists

Born and raised in Detroit MI, Walter Apps started his dance training at the age of 4. He received his BFA from Point Park University in 2016. Immediately after graduating, he worked with Texture Contemporary Ballet. Walter moved to New York to work with Yin Yue, Rubén Graciani, and Patrick O’Brien. He has had the privilege to perform works by Aszure Barton, Septime Weber, Lar Lubovitch, MADBOOTS, and Ohad Naharin to name some. Walter is currently a Dance Artist with Core Dance based in Atlanta, GA and Houston, TX.

Barbora Látalová is a freelance dancer, actor, teacher and choreographer, co-founder of OSTRUŽINA z.s, a free artistic association. Barbora is a graduate of the dance conservatory Duncan Centre in Prague (1997). She completed a scholarship at the Hunter College of the City University of New York  in modern dance and improvisation and dance therapy in NYU. Her further dance education and professionalisation due to the activities of SE.S.TA (first Centre for choreographic Development in Czech republic). As a dancer and performer she is involved in projects in the Czech Republic and abroad. She creates projects in cooperation with various artists and coaches (B. Hartsorn, D. Boivin, B.Massin, G.Witmann, T.Verges, J.Hamilton, M.Moore, D.Zambrano, Spitfire comp, Verte).She participated in art-educational projects Creative Partnership ( Prague), School of Dance SE.S.TA (Žďár nad Sázavou). As part of the project  Dance for schools TANEC PRAHA (Prague), she has been teaching  dance in elementary schools for 10 years. Barbora is a leader of The the Dance Studio for Children at Prague’s dance theatre PONEC for last 8 years.

She is the main founder of the artistic group OSTRUŽINA z.s. with the goal of long-term activities in the field of dance and theatre with a specialization on children and young audiences. The group also works on innovative inter-generational and community projects, which encourage creativity and activity not only with Czech audiences. She is a member of the board of ASSITEJ Czech Republic.

Roman Zotov Mikshin was born in Tula, Russia. From the age of 18 he has been based in Prague, CZ. He started to dance when he was around 12 and has since trained in many different genres of dance: starting with ballroom and street dance, then studying contemporary dance and physical theatre in Duncan centre dance conservatory for 4,5 years. Roman now teaches martial arts principles, contemporary technique, improvisation and creation/composition classes in Duncan centre. For some years, he has been a member of the Spitfire Company - an  artistic company that includes works of physical, visual and dance theatre. Roman has also created his own pieces during his studies and shortly after finishing.

Work The Shores/Берега by A+1 Company (A company founded by he and his brother) won second prize in Jarmila Jerabkova New Europe festival in 2015. He has since toured Poland, Slovakia and Hungary.

Nikki Morath, a native of South Carolina, received her BFA in dance from Point Park University. Nikki has performed and taught with Clancyworks Dance in Washington, DC and is currently the Company Director at The Studio Atlanta Dance. Nikki is thrilled to embark on her second season with Core Dance. She possesses a strong desire to expand and share her knowledge of the arts, and is equally excited by the opportunity to give back to the community and to other artists who are looking to progress their craft.

Johana Pocková studied at Duncan Centre Conservatory, Peridance Capezio Centre in New York and SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance). After her studies, in 2017 she received the Jarmila Jerabkova Award for her choreography „MURDER! A little comics history“.  She created several performances called „Why not now?“ , „Turned away faces“, „SPECTRUM“, „Onto the scale!“ and „Full store of emotions“ where 89 years old grandmother and 8 years old girl performing with four professionals. After successful premieres the performances are performed regularly. In May 2019 she has established a company POCKetART z.s. As a performer she collaborates with Tantehorse company and Cirk La Putyka. She is also yoga teacher and continues to create for her company. 

Joshua Rackliffe is a movement artist from Mableton, GA. He studied Dance and Theater at Columbia College Chicago, and relocated to Atlanta after graduating in 2012. Shortly after returning to the South he became a Dance Artist at Core Dance, and has been with the company ever since. Working with Core Dance has allowed Joshua to develop his artistic voice and create meaningful relationships with artists locally and abroad. When not in the studio with Core Dance, Joshua lives his life as a cabaret entertainer, under the alter-ego "Brigitte Bidet". 

Rose Shields received her BFA in Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2007. Hailing from Duluth, GA, Rose developed her love for dancing under the tutelage of Peter Garick at the Duluth School of Ballet and then with Danita Emma, Clay McCloud, and Michael Garrison at North Atlanta Dance Academy. Rose has performed throughout the Southeast with UNCSA's multidisciplinary outreach program Open Dream Ensemble. and has had the privilege to dance with Bubba Carr, T. Lang, Serenbe Playhouse, and Brooks & Company Dance, as well as to teach dance with Good Moves. She was featured in ArtsATL as one of 30 Under 30 creatives in Atlanta. In 2010, Rose was welcomed into Atlanta's circus community where she found her love for aerial dance and acrobatics. She currently performs acrobatics and aerial as a freelancer with varying local groups. Rose is grateful and excited to be dancing and choreographing with Core Dance for a 7th season. Outside of her dance and circus work, Rose loves exploring outdoors, climbing, figure skating, supporting the local arts community, and spending time with family.

Benji Lee Stevenson is a movement artist and published poet from rural Alabama. They attended Emory University, where they received their B.A in Political Science and Arabic. In addition to their primary studies, they maintained an active presence in both the Dance and Creative Writing programs. Here, they began their training in Ballet and Modern Dance. After graduating, they began cultivating their process into movement and choreography as a means of facilitating insightful dialogue on identity and interpersonal relationships. They currently reside in Atlanta, Georgia where they work with Core Dance.

Zdenka Brungot Svitekova is a moving, freelance, collaborative artist working in the fields of dance, performance, research, choreography and facilitation. Her work is anchored in movement research fuelled by a deep interest in the body. She sees the body as a field of enquiry, knowledge, and memory; as a teacher, mediator, and information conveyor. Zdenka leads by creating and cultivating space for the personal, embodied expression. She has been influenced by somatic practices and post-modern approaches in dance.  Her artistic and choreographic work takes the form of performances set in and for various spaces such as theatres, galleries, public or natural spaces. They are bound together by long term interests including listening, touch, improvisational and compositional practices, process and the nature of collaboration. These interdisciplinary collaborations included dance artists, musicians, composers, visual artists and scientists (physics and geology).

Her own approach is interdisciplinary as well, looking at a subject matter from various angles, drawing inspiration from natural sciences, psychology, philosophy, and also linguistics. Since 2010 she has been in a close artistic dialogue with Barbora Látalová and is one of the founding members of OSTRUŽINA z.s. In the past years, Zdenka has collaborated with various dance organizations, Tanec Praha o.s. and Centre For Choreographic Development SE.S.TA a.o., often in the frame of young audiences and mediation/transmission oriented activities.

Scott Wheet, born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, began dancing at the age of 17. In 2015, Scott graduated summa cum laude from Troy University with a BFA in Dance. On his journey from academia to present, Scott has received mentorship from Kristin O’Neal, Dominique Angel, Kyle Abraham, Tracy Gilland, Claudia Lavista, Jen Nugent, Robbie Cook, and many others. Since graduating and moving to Atlanta, Scott has performed with T. Lang Dance, Staibdance, Fly on a Wall and is currently with Sue Schroeder/Core Dance as a full time dance artist. In addition to being a board representative - and the Production Manager as of last fall - this is his 4th concurrent season with the company.