The contemporary dance group 420PEOPLE, named after the Czech country code, was founded by Václav Kuneš and Nataša Novotná at the turn of the years 2007/2008, after they returned home from one of the most prestigious dance theatres - Jiří Kylián's Nederlands Dans Theater. The tandem’s vision to build their own contemporary dance group in Prague bring the brand 420PEOPLE into being. The company has now been a stable player on the Czech and international theatre and dance scene for 11 years.
420PEOPLE is a fusion of outstanding dance quality, professionalism, sophisticated playfulness and true daringness in presenting a sheer vocabulary of contemporary dance, improvisation as an inherent part of creation and an unorthodox dialogue with the audience in the form of Q and A sessions, workshops and other activities.
30. 12. 2020 - 28. 2. 2021
The dance film THROUGH GLASS, directed by Marek Partyš and choreographed by Sylva Šafková, combines contemporary dance and a visual story that describes the image of distorted reality: “Reflections, angles of view, distorted reality...but if you hold it against a mirror, the letters will go again in the right direction."
4. 1. 2021 - 28. 2. 2021
The idea for short dance film ORĪGĪ came from the title of an EU project: CLASH! When classic & contemporary dance collide & new forms emerge. Unexpected encounter of three dancers. All of them are very different. Three pairs of shoes. Very different. New people, new situation. Can they adapt? The only thing they have in common is a desire to dance. Is that enough?
30. 12. 2020 - 28. 2. 2021
FLAMMABLE MACHINES - the Audition
“We’ll call you. Next please!” A trio of promising participants get much further than the Producer ever expected. The twelfth exactly same musical number gets him off his chair. A few hours in and a guy with number 451 is tap-dancing around his head. This is not an ordinary audition anymore. Now it’s an Audition. For life.
„When classic and contemporary dance collide and new forms emerge.“
In 2018, 420PEOPLE have become one of the partners of the European project CLASH! - “When classic and contemporary dance collide and new forms emerge“. In cooperation with partners from around Europe, the company will focus on the development of methods of effective work with dancers as well as education through creative work, spanning the years 2018–2021. The project is carried out by the following partners: Balletto di Roma (IT), 420PEOPLE (CZ), Art Link Foundation representing Derida Dance Centre (BG), Companhia de Dança de Almada (PT), Polski Teatr Tanca (PL) and Sapienza University of Rome (IT)
The project CLASH! is primarily designed for the professional community, yet a number of project activities are also accessible to the general public. The project focuses on audience development in dance, which is also going to be the main theme of the upcoming online festival - a 2020 finale of the whole project.
Online CLASH! Festival brought to you by 420PEOPLE from Prague will be held on December 8, 2020. Project partners from around Europe will be taking turns on the following days up until December 13. The program includes an overview of the project’s outcomes and short expert presentations on selected topics. And, most of all, an online premiere of a short dance film.