Vladislav Šoltýs

Vladislav Šoltýs’s (1973, Michalovce) first personal experience with dance came during his stint in the folklore ensemble Zemplín. He is a graduate of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, where he majored in pedagogy of modern dance. While a student in Bratislava between 1994 and 1999, he danced in the cieLaroque (A) ensemble under the leadership of Helene Weinzierl. He performed in such productions as Feuerland, Duett, Liquid Underwear, Vis a Vis. After 1993, he also worked in the dance group Ballet Torso. Later on, after 1997, Šoltýs performed for the Bratislava Dance Theatre in such productions as Weddings, Firebird, and Romeo and Juliet in Ján Ďurovčík’s choreography.

After completing his studies, he worked as a dancer in the Landestheater Linz (A) under the leadership of Robert Poole. For three seasons, he performed for the Wiener Volksoper (A) in the dance productions of choreographer Liz King. While working for this theatre, he was cast in the legendary production Schwanensee Remix, and performed in such productions as CaravaggioNodding Dog, and Underworlds. In collaboration with the Austrian director Martin Gruber (A), he performed in the productions Vogel, Persians, and Liebe Mich in the expressionist theatre Aktionstheater Wien (A). In 2005, Šoltýs started his cooperation with the Slovak Dance Theatre and performed in the project entitled Bolero/The Story of a Mother choreographed by Ján Ďurovčík.

Šoltýs continued to gain dance and theatre experience in productions by professional dance ensembles, such as the Tanztheater in Vienna, the Slovak Dance Theatre, Dajv, and the elledanse alternative theatre (SK). Between 2003 and 2011, Vladislav Šoltýs was a member of the Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre in Carrick-on-Shannon in Ireland, led by Michael Keegen-Dolan. This successful partnership offered him a chance to perform the theatre’s repertory at festivals in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, United Kingdom, Poland, Germany, and the United States – the productions included Giselle, The Bull, The Flowerbed, James, son of James, and Rite of Spring for the English National Opera in London. In 2009, the dance group was nominated for the Europe Prize New Theatrical Realities. In 2008, Šoltýs was nominated for the Olivier Awards for the productions Giselle, The Bull, and The Rite of Spring. The Bull won The Circle Award of UK Critics for best contemporary choreography in 2008. In 2004, the production Giselle won the special critics’ prize of the Irish Times Theatre Awards.

Together with the dance group cieLaroque/helene weinzierl, he performed in the production esnes.n.on in Singapore, Malaysia, and India. In 2009, Vladislav Šoltýs presented his authorial solo dance project entitled King at the international dance festival Bratislava in Movement.

In the alternative theatre elledanse, he performed in choreographer Šárka Ondrišová’s productions Apple and Water on Water. For the Dajv group, he performed in Marta Poláková’s dance projects Contemporary Dance Manual and Smooth Edge. For elledanse, he used Peter Groll’s music to create the production The Rift as part of the Quadrans dance evening programme. At the Academy of Performing Arts, he created the production Women for the female students of the Dance Faculty. When making the dance production Little Women, he assisted the choreographer Michaela Nezvalová. He also performed with the Tanztheater Wien in the production Back to the Future, which was presented at the Impulstanz Festival in Vienna in 2015.

As a pedagogue, he has worked for the elledanse dance house in Bratislava, as well as at the ProArt Brno festivals, Lab ProArt workshops in Brno and Prague, the 4 (+1) Days of Dance for You festival in Banská Bystrica, as part of the activities of the Laban Studio in Bratislava, at the Lab1 summer school where he led a coaching project. He also works as a teacher at the Ponteo dancing school in Rusovce and instructor at the Private Conservatory in Košice and Dance Conservatory of Eva Jaczová in Bratislava.

Vladislav Šoltýs took part in the 3rd China – CEEC Summer Dance Camp in Sichuan, led a Master workshop at the Beijing Dance Academy, taught at the 5th China – CEEC Summer Dance Camp in Tongliao. He is the regular leader of workshops at the MOVE Festival in Ostrava and teaches at workshops in Brno. Currently, he is a teacher of contemporary dance and dance theatre at the Academy of Performing Arts. He has also been an intensive yoga practitioner and acclaimed yoga teacher for a long time, and has expanded his interests in movement, for example, to include the study of Japanese Battodo fencing.

As a yoga instructor, he led courses and workshops for the elledanse dance house, the summer school of Lab1, the SĽUK theatre, HYC centre, at ProArt and Pohoda festivals, as well as at the Concept Clinic in Bratislava. He created the project of the dance contest Gala Art Moves. Art Moves is a platform for young artists, choreographers, and dance performers with the aim to encourage and motivate young dance artists between the ages of 18 and 25 to make art in Slovakia. This platform provides a space for the presentation of selected choreographies and dance projects and provides an overview of the latest trends in the work of emerging dance artists.

At present, he is preparing the dance solo Fascia whose main theme is isolation. The project addresses the anatomical “fascia” in its original meaning. Fascia holds our body together, it is responsible for the shape of the internal organs, their position, connection, or function and in addition it protects them and prevents the spread of infections. Fascia is figuratively like a foil that isolates us from our surroundings, protects us and creates an impression of safety.