Q&A with Attila Andrasi – dance artwork journal

Attila Andrasi is a Hungarian-born, UK-based impartial dance and efficiency maker who lately exhibited his work As soon as Upon a Time at Decision pageant, The Place. Attila additionally showcased his work Nincampoop, a end result of his 2-year examine at Trinity Laban.

We sat down with Attila to search out out extra about him and his choreographic pursuits.

Q: Inform us about your self; while you began dancing and why?

A: My title is Attila, and I grew up in a small city in southern Hungary. Once I was round six years previous, I used to look at ice skating artists on TV; this was my solely publicity to bop on the time. Round age 12, I watched the film Billy Elliot on TV, and from then on, I used to be decided to change into a dancer. Fortunately, an enormous metropolis close to us had a Szeged Royal Ballet Dance College that supplied basis stage courses, so my mother enrolled me. It was a very long time earlier than I may take part in a wide range of dance courses, together with improvisation, ballet, and modern dance. Once I completed higher main faculty at round 13, I continued to pursue my dream whereas attending secondary faculty and taking personal ballet courses with. After 4 years of convincing my mother and father and attempting to keep up my motivation, I used to be accepted into the secondary gymnasium program on the Budapest Modern Dance School. Then I spent 5 years with some breaks on the Budapest Modern Dance Academy within the secondary faculty after which within the undergraduate stage. Later, I continued at Salzburg Experiment Academy of Dance from the third 12 months (SEAD is a four-year undergraduate course), and now I’m right here ending my MFA Choreography diploma at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London. 

I feel I by no means needed to be solely a dancer; it was all the time a way of main, organizing, facilitating, and creating an surroundings the place folks really feel secure, creatively impressed, and heard. 

Q: Your newest work Nincompoop was carried out at Trinity Laban as a part of the MFA Showcase. Might you inform us in regards to the work, particularly the way it “questions social norms”?

A: Nincompoop efficiency serves as a approach for me to transition into a brand new, tangible trajectory in the direction of the “outdoors house”, the witnesser. I consider this function known as Choreographer.

Through the two-year exploration and studying interval, I loved taking part in with choreography rules, approaches, and making a ultimate product by placing components, crafts subsequent to one another like a vibrant school.

The efficiency theoretically explores the bodily manifestation of stupidity, the standard of failure, and the communal nature of human existence via the notion of frivolity. It challenges and provokes us to contemplate how we create and dismantle social norms and ethics with out borders. The motion analysis and apply, which speculates via variations of choreography rules, improve somatic inventive autonomy. The choreography ventures into the creativeness of theatrical and performative presence, bringing us nearer to the performers in an intimate ambiance. This proximity permits us to look at and ponder gender, physique, and neurodiversity.

Rising up, I didn’t know I had dyslexia and dysgraphia. It took me a very long time to change into conscious of it and even longer to simply accept it. I knew one thing was incorrect as a result of I’d overlook phrases and discover it tough to write down appropriately. When studying one thing, I’d generally bear in mind it otherwise, and I discovered it a wrestle to articulate my ideas verbally. Now, as an grownup, I can settle for that I’ve this situation, and it doesn’t make me any much less or greater than anybody else. Nonetheless, there was a time once I didn’t need to pay attention to it as a result of I believed it made me completely different, silly, and disabled. I felt like this label outlined my persona and gave which means to one thing unusual. Due to this fact, the choreography ideas and inquiries formulated a number of the choreographic ideas that had been led by this expertise, reminiscent of being neurodivergent.

Q: Might you inform us in regards to the Hungarian dance scene?

A:  I left Hungary in 2015 to review at SEAD, and haven’t been linked to the Hungarian modern area since. Throughout COVID-19 in 2020, I did obtain a fee from the Hungarian Dance Theatre, which was the one time I labored house.

Nonetheless, so far as I do know and skim on social media, the Hungarian authorities has lowered monetary help for impartial performing arts. Rumors counsel that with out connections to political figures or sending a political assertion to the federal government, grants aren’t awarded. At the moment, well-established performing arts, theaters, and organizations are struggling. In Hungary, entry to a variety of free studio house is accessible, with as much as 30-40 hours per week attainable. That is very useful and supportive for artists. Within the UK, you’d pay round £400-500 for this. Resulting from a scarcity of economic sources, nevertheless, this free house accessibility can also be unpredictable. Not too long ago, I contacted some studios, and more often than not, they point out that they have no idea what can be out there within the autumn.

I really feel that previously few years, and earlier than that, the “group” was a bit small for me. It was onerous to create one thing new or recent within the area of dance for those who solely participated on this small group, particularly in Budapest. Nonetheless, since I left, I’ve seen some rising artists who had been my classmates on the Budapest Centenary Dance Academy doing nicely. They’re bringing one thing recent to the Hungarian cultural {and professional} scenes, which makes me glad to see them succeed. However I consider that their success is just not solely because of their onerous work, but additionally to the organizations and professionals who acknowledge these new insights. Due to this fact, it’s important to have a relationship with these folks, and they should know you as a lot as attainable to give you grants, see your work, or allow you to work on the facet as a manufacturing workforce. This offers me a heat sense of welcome and the sensation of being at house – however I consider that is the pathway for those who eager to ascertain connection and construct recognition.

Q: What are your guide/movie/dance suggestions?

A: I can advocate a few of my present sources of inspiration for my work and for the thesis I’m writing. Movie: The Idiots by Lars Von Trier Guide: Crip Idea by Robert McRuer Efficiency: 1000 Gestues by Boris Charmatz

Q: What would your recommendation be to fellow impartial makers?

A: I wish to emphasize the significance of not overwhelming your self with pointless work. As a freelancer, it may be tough to steadiness a number of jobs with the intention to make ends meet. Nonetheless, it’s necessary to rigorously choose which work is most related to your apply and which is able to give you a useful private and creative pathway for the long run. Not all work is related, and taking up too many small, unpaid jobs can result in burnout. I’ve skilled this firsthand and realized the significance of being selective within the work that I tackle.

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Watch the Nincompoop behind the scenes right here!