Renata Ptačin

Renata Ptačin (née Bubniaková; 1980, Liptovský Mikuláš) began her dancing career as a student at Ján Levoslav Bella Conservatory in Banská Bystrica. While still a student, between 1995 and 2000, she not only demonstrated her distinctive interpretational skills but also started creating her own choreographies. Her projects included, for instance, A Personality for Dinner (1998) and The Family (1999), created in collaboration with Tomáš Krivošík. The Family won 3rd Prize at Jarmila Jeřábková’s choreography contest in Prague. Already her first performances demonstrated Ptačin’s skills as a choreographer, her feeling for parody and exaggeration, as well as subtle situational comedy, all elements which would later become characteristic for her art.

After her studies at the Conservatory, Ptačin joined the Dance Studio in Banská Bystrica under the leadership of Zuzana Ďuricová Hájková. As a performer, she helped create some of the studio’s legendary productions, such as About the Tree in Me, Sattó – Dance of the Wind, Forbidden Places, Trois, and Something Between Us. This creative period taught her how to make use of her knack for dance theatre – a style whose features she kept developing further. Her interpretational qualities allowed her to define her dance competencies, which were based on a flawless mastery of various dancing styles and techniques. Ptačin’s distinctive, passionate, and full-bloodied performance expressivity became an integral part of her artistic qualities alongside a refined sense of the grotesque and humorous distance.

In 2000, Ptačin started her studies in classical dance pedagogy at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, which she completed in 2005. Then she continued her work as a choreographer and collaborated with Daniel Raček on the project entitled Joseph and the Chick (2001) in which they humorously adapted and commented on elements of musical clichés.

She really stood out in the successful project The Three of Us / My try (MY3) (2002), a generational testimony of young women, their ambitions, and dreams. The project was created collaboratively by Renáta Bubniaková, Lucia Kašiarová and Stanislava Vlčeková. It was awarded 3rd prize at the prestigious global choreography competition Saitama Solitude Dance Contest in Tokyo.

In 2005–2010, Renata Ptačin became a member of the ballet ensemble of the New Stage Theatre, where she interpreted roles with her typically passionate and temperamental dance expressivity, a sense for music and humour, as well as an exceptional feeling for expressing the depths of dramatic tragedy.

In 2006, she founded her own dance group – the Bubla Company – with which she performed her following projects: The Bride from Underneath the Dance Floor, Cosmonauts, and Blood. In collaboration with the civic association RESERVA, the company also produced Solo for Three Vacuum Cleaners. These projects were characteristic for their interdisciplinary connections within the creative team. The visual aspect of the projects became a significant and emancipated stage- and content-relevant element.

Ptačin has worked closely with eminent European choreographers, such as Julian Hamilton (Spain), Matthew Hawkins (United Kingdom), Norbert Aboudarham (France), Tomasz Wygoda (Poland) and Monika Koch (Austria). She has also performed roles in several of their projects and worked as a choreographer in drama and musical productions by Slovak directors, such as Michal Náhlik, Soňa Ferancová, or Sláva Daubnerová. As a pedagogue, she has worked with the Bralen Dance Theatre, the Terpsichoré Ballet Studio at the Elementary Art School in Svätý Jur, and at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (as a pedagogue of modern dance for future actors).