Peter Jasko was born in 1982 in Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia. He took his first dance classes with the folk dance company Dumbier Slovakia, where he remained for eleven years. From 1996 to 2001, Peter studied at the J. L. Bella Conservatory of Dance in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. He continued his training at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Bratislava before entering the P.A.R.T.S. School for Contemporary Dance in Brussels (2002), directed by Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker.
His professional experience includes dancing with international artists and companies as Opera Banska Bystrica, ASpO, Company Roberto Olivan, OXOXOX – Juri Konjar, G. Barberio Corsetti & Fatou Traore, and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Since 2001, he has also collaborated with David Zambrano as both a performer and as assistant in his classes and workshops. Peter Jasko is the co-founder of Les SlovaKs Dance Collective, whose productions include Opening Night (2007), Journey Home (2009), The Koncert (2010) and Fragments (2012). In 2014, he directed the Svalbard Company’s All Genius All Idiot. In 2015 Peter Jasko created a performance for 300 seniors as a part of cultural city of Europe, Plzen 2015. For the past twelve years, he has taught in many countries around the world. The same year, Peter Jasko created Untied Tales (The Vanished Power of the Usual Reign) in collaboration with Clara Furey. His recent collaborations as performer are mostly dancing for Clara Furey’s Cosmic Love, Bill Coleman’s Felt, Aurélie Pedron (creation 2021). His recent choreography was done for Circus Eloize’s Seul Ensemble, under direction of Benoit Landry.
About the workshop:
“Because these wings are no longer wings to fly
But merely vans to beat the air
The air which is now thoroughly small and dry
Smaller and dryer than the will.” – T.S. Eliot.
A dark tale can be as magical and poetic as sombre and upsetting. This starting point has brought up many questions on the notion of meeting: meeting the other, but also the meeting of the self, of the past, of the dark truths.
We would like that together/alone, our bodies/body will tell a story, sometimes through abstract movements, sometimes through more figurative ones. This will allow us to play with the relationship between fiction and reality, or with the truth versus the illusion. As a result of the meeting of our two artistic universes, the workshop will mix elements from contemporary dance and performative dance. We will use tools from improvisation, choreography and our whole life experience.
We desire to create a real meeting between our worlds and not submit one to the other. The particularity of Peter Jasko’s universe is expressed through very precise physical abilities that he inherited partially from folk dancing.
Clara Furey’s universe is in opposition, much more performative: direct, intimate and charged. We would like to specifically focus on exercising individual practice, duet work while using our research . We will play and explore with the idea of the meeting, surpassing the simple image of the male/female relationship or of the sexual, gender related rapport. It is about, for the dancer, being at the same time a participant and an observer, to work at the same time his physicality in space but as well to address the space and physicality with the other dancer/dancers, and with the audience.
Photo: Marina Sekacheva