Tomáš Danielis

Tomáš Danielis (1980, Banská Bystrica) is a graduate of The Ján Levoslav Bella Conservatory in Banská Bystrica. He received his master’s degree at the Faculty of Music and Dance at The Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. He was a founding member of the Theatre Dance Studio (1998) in Banská Bystrica. During his time with the ensemble he closely collaborated with the choreographer Zuzana Hájková. After relocating to Bratislava, he collaborated with a range of Slovak and international choreographers and tutors, such as David Zambrano, Steve Paxton, Andrew de Lombinière Harwood, Miroslava Kovářová, Marta Poláková, Frey Faust, Willi Dorner.

His solo debut project Dnes som ťa skoro stretol (2000) was an instant success. His subsequent works reaffirmed his inimitable artistic approach.

His foremost productions include light art-video-dance performance Landscapes (2011), emotionally charged production Locus (2016), and exceptionally pure project in terms of dance Suites (2016) – that received awards in recognition of the inimitable approach to creating compositions from movement material, inspired by the music by Bach.

For the Theatre Dance Studio in Banská Bystrica he created, in 2010, the production Spomienky tela. At the Bratislava-based festival Nu Dance Fest he featured with such projects as On The Red Lawn, Mainly Love, 21 & Counting. His most recent project, 21 & Counting, performance about movement, words, euphemisms and particularly about all that lays behind reaffirms Danielis’ permanent interest in the quest for sources and triggers of social tensions. The performance is based on the delayed celebration of the 2éth anniversary of the author and performer on dance stage. He revisits his memories and uses dance and movement as narrative instruments to talk about words, correctness, context, euphemistic escapes from reality, and the lack of trust in values.

As author and performer, Tomáš Danielis collaborated on the projects Ardent Body Communication by Frey Faust, Cie. by Felix Ruckert, Cie. Willi Dorner, Freyer Ensemble, Granhøj Dans and many others.

Mr Danielis is laureate of a number of prizes for performing art and choreography, such as the 2007 Contest – TanzRat Wien, special prize for choreography and performing art at the 2007 Theatre Arts Festival in Rybnik, Poland, and the prize for choreography at the same event in 2009. His performing art also earned him the Reumer Prize for the production Men and Mahler from the repertoire of the Danish ensemble Granhøj Dans.

Along with choreographies, Mr Danielis creates a system of training in dance technique and improvisation. He has led the workshops in Raffinerie and Danscentrum Jette (Brussels), TQW (Vienna), Tanzhaus NRW (Düsseldorf), Hot Summer (Kyoto), Dansehallerne (Copenhagen), CODARTS (Rotterdam) and elsewhere. He was assistant to David Zambrano, Frey Faust (1998 – 2004) and artistic director of the Internationale Bühnenwerkstatt Tanztheaterfestival (Graz, 2011 – 2013). Since 2013 he has been managing the IG Tanz Steiermark. In the period of 2016 – 2017 he was chief dance master at the Moscow Ballet. In 2017 he founded FEYNMen, a group of artists engaged in dance, performance, visual art and music. Currently, he advances his choreographic and tutorial work largely in Brussels, whilst engaging in additional projects across Europe and regularly returning home to Slovakia.