PONEC online: Witness

Věra Ondrašíková & Kolektiv (CZ)

A new premiere date: 16. 3. 2021

Concept and choreography:

Věra Ondrašíková


Jaro Ondruš a David Králík


Marta Ljubková


Filip Míšek

Light design:

Pavel Kotlík

Live programming:

Michal Rydlo


Hana Frišonsová

Scenographic cooperation:

Dáda Němeček


Daniela Řeháková, Tomáš Grúz


Supported by:

PONEC – divadlo pro Tanec, Ministerstvo Kultury ČR, Magistrát hl. města Prahy, Státní fond kultury ČR,  AV Media

An online meeting with Věra Ondrašíková's team on the occasion of the launch of the new WITNESS project

Exactly five years since the premiere of GUIDE, which has since been performed 60 times in the Czech Republic and around the world and won several international awards, choreographer Věra Ondrašíková has created a new performance, Witness. The first impulse appeared during a residency in New York three years ago with the Japanese musician Ikue Mori, when plans were unexpectedly changed, and the artists had to find another form for their collaboration. Inspiration came to Ondrašíková during a stroll through Central Park, where she watched gardeners pruning branches and asked them to give her one. The two-metre branch thus became their only prop.

From the original idea, the tree remained both a material and a metaphor. Věra then explored the physical, aesthetic and symbolic possibilities together with her collaborators and especially with dancers Jaroslav Ondruš and David Králík. That random New York moment caused the central theme of her latest production to become a person again (as in the GUIDE project), but this time in confrontation with an unconventional stage "partner".

The meeting will take place online in the form of a Webinar for registered spectators and will be held in Czech without English subtitles.