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 the moment of in-formation and expression,
(continued practice of available tension leading to sensitive energy)
the second practice researches the inter-relations within such a continuum.
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
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•, an overall syllabus that builds up the necessary skills for mastering movement vocabulary in a sustainable way, which goes beyond the restrictions of most current approaches. Within that technique he is developing hyper-ballet, a re-formation of Classical European Ballet and its derivatives, from a contemporary perspective of understanding.
next to being on the Board of Directors of the Kinetic Awareness® Center, Thomas Körtvélyessy is an external guide-teacher at ArtEZ Dansacademie (Arnhem, NL) and has taught over the years at ArtEZ, Fontys Dansacademie Tilburg, codarts Rotterdam, CLOUD at Danslab, CIRCLE Rotterdam, SKVR Dansschool, Kinetic Awareness® Center, and at the National University of Arts, Seoul, South Korea, dept. of Choreography.
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artistic estate of Elaine Summers
starting with the organisation of the memorial Absence & Presence with Juliette Mapp at Judson Memorial Church in 2015, Thomas Körtvélyessy is working for the Artistic Estate of his mentor Elaine Summers
Elaine Summers (1925-2014) was a pioneer of intermedia and postmodern choreography. She explored the creation of performances that merged various disciplines, media and technologies, especially live-dance and (multiple) film-projections as large-scale immersive experiences. Summers was also a filmmaker who created many film-dances within this continuum.
Her widely expansive dance work lead to the development of the somatic dance technique Kinetic Awareness® which centers the individual experience of movement, and the sensorial condition and desires of the individual mover. She was a co-founder of the now legendary first group in 1962 that later became known as Judson Dance Theater, the Elaine Summers Dance & Film Company, the Experimental Intermedia Foundation, an early 501(c)3 not-for-profit organisation in 1968, and the Kinetic Awareness® Center in 1985.
The aim of the Artistic Estate is to further the instrumental legacy, and guard the artist-interest of Elaine Summers for the present and the future. It has lead to presentations of her works at, among others, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York (2017), Walker Art Center (2016) as well as presentations and workshops at Dock11, Berlin (2017/2018)
The Artistic Estate of Elaine Summers is facilitated by Kinetic Arts & Sciences, Inc. / Kinetic Awareness® Center, with special thanks to the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
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I want to face the
unknown, what is beyond my individual patterns, make us
all more acquainted with being in 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