SE.S.TA - Centre for Choreographic Developement

SE.S.TA – 15 years of history and a wealth of experience

The association was founded in 1999 and first bore the name of the Czech-French Encounters of Contemporary Dance (CFEDC), later it was renamed to Encounters of Contemporary Dance (Setkávání současného tance in Czech – from which the acronym SE.S.TA). In 2011 SE.S.TA started to operate as the first Czech Centre for Choreographic Development. From april 1999 until septembre 2013 SE.S.TA has carried out a large number of events and projects enhancing the development of contemporary dance.

SE.S.TA has initiated and managed 2 European projects:

DanseLab A3 (2004-2006): CZ, SK, FR

KoresponDance Europe (2009-2011): CZ, SK, FR, DE

  • KoresponDance Europe: 388 participating artists, 3800 attending audience members, and 15 new performances.

Continuing Education Series

86 Master Classes led by internationally renowned contemporary dance artists

  • The merits of the continuing education series organised by SE.S.TA have been cited by many choreographers in the Czech dance scene and by many dancers/performers who, thanks to SE.S.TA’s activities, also found professional engagements abroad.

The production of new performances

8 international performances by foreign choreographers using Czech artists:

  • Christine Bastin “Cestou s ní”
  • Serge Ambert (comp. Christine Bastin) “Entre deux”
  • Claude Brumachon “Témoin”
  • Sumako Koseki “Kronika kosti”
  • Paco Decina “Salto nel vuoto”
  • Dominique Boivin “off l i n e”
  • Martha Moore – events “Post Moderne Dance today”
  • Jean Gaudin „Promenade with Choirs“

11 co-productions with Czech artists:

  • Ioana Popovici “Luna Plina”
  • Pierre Nadaud “Peuple sans nom”, in cooperation with Globe Reveurs „Halfway dawn the road“
  • Andrea Miltnerová “The Baroque Body Revealed”, “Beneath the skin”, “Vertical Horizontal”, “FlashBack“
  • Jan Komárek “Stolování”
  • Barbora Látalová “Margaretha holds the story”
  • Zdenka Brungot Svíteková, Hana Železná “Intensity of invisible”
  • Anna Polívková, Halka Třešňáková „ Walk in progress“

Presenting dance performances:

  • 29 foreign performances were presented in the Czech Republic
  • 7 Czech performances were presented by us at festivals in Europe
  • 5 international festivals and an international workshop organised by SE.S.TA expanded the selection of cultural events in the Czech Republic

Increasing the awareness of contemporary dance:

  • 7 ‘Dance in the Schools’ projects and team-building for businesses
  • 9 conferences, film screenings, photography exhibitions
  • 30 discussion events for artists and the public
  • 1 project for (non)dancers (2012)