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Jun 25, 2016

PRAGUE-NEW YORK EFFECTS: Helga Davis & Jiří Bartovanec

The Third Effect: Helga Davis-actress & singer and Jiří Bartovanec-dancer & choreographer create an original performance duet. World Premiere.



Czech Center New York’s flagship project in 2016 is entitled Prague-New York Effects and it epitomizes our mission towards creating enduring transatlantic collaborations. This project brings renowned Czech and American artists together, unifying them in the common dialogue of the creative process to birth original performance duets. These performances have their world premieres in both countries.

The project is supported by Petr Gandalovič, Czech Ambassador to the United States and Andrew Schapiro, United States Ambassador to the Czech Republic who endorses this vibrant cultural exchange.

Prague-New York Effects, First Effect, featured Tendayi Kuumba and Lenka Dusilová who garnered impressive media coverage in both New York and Prague.

On April 21, 2016, 7PM  the World Premiere of the Second Effect featured the phenomenal talents of Petr Zuska - Artistic Director of Czech National Ballet and Jen Shyu –multi instrumentalist, jazz vocalist, composer & dancer.

The Third Effect features Helga Davis actress, singer, and Jiří Bartovanec –Czech dancer & choreographer who will create an original performance duet.

Under the guidance of the program director of Czech Center New York, Miřenka Čechová, they will perform their ground breaking collaboration at JACK, Brooklyn after their residency at Czech Center New York in April as part of the Thomas M. Messer Bohemian Creative Hub.

The Fourth Effect boasts the artistry of film star, dancer and choreographer –Tami Stronach and the Wizardry Czech multi-media artist Tomáš Dvořák aka FLOEX. (September)


Artist Biographies

Jiří Bartovanec

In Berlin, he worked  with Farhad Payar and  Yasmine Kalifa on Jack & Harun. In 2004 he danced in Mindgarden by Jochen Roller and in Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda and the dance film Circulatura by Mirella Weingarten. He participated in Mayim Mayim and danced in Human Writes by William Forshyte. He has worked with Sasha Waltz since 2003 and has danced in noBody, insideout, Dido & Aeneas, Medea, Jagden und Formen, Continu, and Matsukaze and took part in Waltz´s Dialoge projects. His first solo When my mind is rocking, i know it´s 7 was presented by Sasha Waltz & Guests. His solo Aneho premiered in Ludwigshafen, 2010. He participated in MusicTANZ-Carmen, a 2012 educational project of Berliner Philharmoniker. Bartovanec danced in Waltz´s Sacre and L´Apres-midi d´un faune, and in 2014 exhibition Sasha Waltz Instalations Objects. He presented his work GLOBE (2014) in Prague which was nominated for Czech Dance Platform. In 2015 he worked with MAMAJEANGKIM in Seoul giving workshops. He has worked with Spitfire Company  for Sniper´s Lake . He also developed a site- specific project with Berliner Charite Raumausloten. His work Entropy premiered at Czech Center NY and the Moving Sound Festival. His latest choreography Lessons of Touch was in collaboration with Tantehorse in Prague. Jiri Bartovanec teaches at Duncan Centre Conservatorium in Prague.


Helga Davis

Helga Davis has been starring in the international tour of Einstein on the Beach; Robert Wilson describes her as “a united whole, with spellbinding inner power and strength.” She also starred in Wilson’s The Temptation of St. Anthony, with libretto and score by Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock, Milton, by Katie Pearl and Lisa Damour,  and Elsewhere, with cellist Maya Beiser  with music by Missy Mazolli. In 2011 Davis served as a “Sweet Peach” in Soho Rep’s production of Jomama Jones, Radiate, a production which made New Yorker theatre critic Hilton Als’ top ten list. She is the recipient of the BRIC Fireworks grant and just completed her first full-length theatre piece, Cassandra. Davis may also be heard on the new VIA Records release, Oceanic Verses, a multi-media opera work written for her by composer Paola Prestini. In Fall 2015 Davis will perform in her fifth Next Wave festival at BAM in Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and Andrew Ondrejcak’s You Us We All. She hosts a radio program on WQXR’s Q2, and was awarded an ASCAP Multimedia Award for hosting 24:33: twenty-four hours and thirty-three minutes of the playful and playable John Cage.


JACK, 505 Waverly Avenue, Brooklyn


Jun 25, 2016


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