Gelnica Illumination is a multi-genre festival combining digital art, lighting installations, photography, literature and music, which took place for the first time on September 9, 2017 in Gelnica. Overall, the festival offered 10 projects from young Slovak artists, including members of TRAKT Pavol Soukal and Filip Kmeť. The Black Holes exhibition brought visitors to the underground of Miner Museum. People were given helmets and mining lights and could see photos of the forgotten cultural and industrial monuments of Spiš and Gemer.
TRAKT, with the support of the Slovak Arts Fund, has prepared 4 new reprise of the MIMO project in partnership with its partners. The first one took place on 3 October 2017 in Košice, at the premises of KulturPark at the NEW DANCE DAYS 2017 event. The second one, a few days later, on October 14, 2017, in space Basta - Bardejov.
The memorial to Emila Machálkova - in front of the SNP memorial in Banská Bystrica, took place in the festival People of the Roma 2017 - Leperiben. Performed by: Pavlína Matiová, Žaneta Štipáková, Marta Balážová, Viliam Didiáš, Tibor Žida. Collaboration with the Museum of Romany Culture in Brno. Large-scale projection of the monument was prepared by Lukáš Matejka (TRAKT).
An evening of short concerts of experimental music, in the performance of young Slovak musicians and artists connected with transitions to the visual digital projection and contemporary dance.
JÁN FIALA, ŠTEFAN SZABÓ, MICHAELA TURCEROVÁ
ZAMATOVÉ PAZÚRY + PETR OCHVAT
6 June 2017 at 18:00 at the Worker House in Banska Bystrica.
Project Gepark by Lukáš Matejka and Štefan Oliš from TRAKT group was firstly introduced on Galota festival in August 2016. It combines concentration, balance and harmony during exercising on the special Gepark logs. Slovak music producer Jarduuzzu added a music background, which inspired participants to great performance. The highlight was dancing improvization on Gepark logs by dancers from Human Art Space.
Another legend from the medieval history of Trenčín was told to the hundreds of people in the audience on a Friday 26th June 2015 by the main character of the story himself – drummer Štefan Makar, who revealed his tragic unfullfilled love to turkish girl Ezel. Spectators followed his path with 12 performance spots through the town.
TRAKT (Michaela Bottková) spent the second weekend of November in Budapest, Hungary, where she joined the ongoing dance workshop and a choreographic residency of the Hopes and Memories project. Participants had during these 10 days opportunity to work on a common choreography, and gain knowledge of their different approaches. They also worked at conceptual basis-motion line for the final project Hopes and Memories.
As part of an international project Hopes and Memories, in which TRAKT represents one of the five partner organizations, our visual team will be participate for two years on a common formation of multidisciplinary of artwork that is based on prohibited opera "The Barrier" composed by Jan Meyerowitz in, 1949.
One of the activities related to the international project Hopes and Memories, where is TRAKT collaborator, was Festival of forbidden operas “Musiques Interdites” as one of the main projects of Marseille European Capital of Culture 2013. TRAKT as a partner apart from invitations (to hear the original opera The Barrier, performed by unique 72-members KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra), was also element of this performance through photographic participation.
We are very pleased that the festival takes place again after directly in the yard, which received a new facade. Festival Dokoran thus boasts one of the most beautiful festival environment which can be found in the Czech Republic. There’s no airport, where asphalt is boiled, no cinemas and old football stadiums. Dokoran would welcome you in a beautiful park scene just by the water, while the city center is only a few minutes away. The festival will introduce foreign bands from Great Britain, Austria, Hungary, Poland or Slovakia.