Tomáš Janypka / Sabina Bočková – song lines: expedition 97/18

Tomáš Janypka / Sabina Bočková – song lines: expedition 97/18

The performance song lines is a personal expedition into the inner space that is stricken by the absence of a close person, one presence and memory. It is an intuitive search for the essence of this experience.
In the depth of the choreographic work, there is the search for the answer, how can such a traumatizing experience influence our body, even though the loss itself is hidden inside us and invisible. This search creates an imaginary map of the space, where the distance from the experience is the main measuring scale. It is a navigation for the search, where emotions become a return to the lost spaces, where words and bodies can be very close and incredibly distant at the same time.

The title of the piece is inspired by the book Songlines by Bruce Chatwin. It describes experiences of Aboriginals in Australia and records their mythology. It says that our world was “sung out” by our indigenous ancestors. Singing as an act of creation is the spiritual base of this piece.

The whole piece consists of two parts – solo and duet. It is the first creation of Sabina Bočková and Tomáš Janypka, where they want to, in certain way, celebrate the darker places of loss and absence.


Concept: Tomáš Janypka
Author/Performer: Sabina Bočková, Tomáš Janypka (SK/CZ)
Lighting design, costumes concept: Michal Hor Horáček (CZ)
Dramaturgy: Marie Gourdain (FR)
Choreographic cooperation: Matthew Rogers (US)
Music consultations: Elia Moretti (IT)
Produced by: SKOK z.s. a ZDRUHESTRANY z.s.
Co-produced by: Studio ALTA, Stanica Žilina-Záriečie


Produced in cooperation with: Záhrada CNK, Divadlo Pôtoň, Župný dom Púchov a Podivný Barón, Bazaar Festival Praha, Litomyšl ZUŠ, SE.S.TA – centrum choreografického rozvoje, Plzeň – Moving Station, Komařice, Malovice Švestkový dvůr and Stanica Žilina-Záriečie.
Supported by: Fond na podporu umenia


47 minutes, in Slovak


Photo: Katarína Baranyai a David Cardwright

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