...You are one and yet four different beings. Every month. Throughout the whole year.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

… I love that cyclicity. I am one and yet four different beings. Every month. Throughout the whole year.

You have innate gifts. Of new beginnings. Of energy renewal. Of plunging deep into yourself. Of attracting and creating what you need. Of letting go of what no longer serves you any purpose. Of loving understanding. Of creative horseplay. Just stay in contact and connected. Connected to yourself. And accept that

even when accelerated, you are alright.
even when tired, you are alright.
even when furious, you are alright.
even when slow, you are alright.
even when attractive, you are alright.

WHATEVER YOU ARE RIGHT NOW, YOU ARE ALRIGHT.


THE SAME SELF IS A DIALOGUE BETWEEN AN ACROBAT AND A SINGER

It is about the woman and her volatility throughout the menstruation cycle. It is about the changes in energy and mood swings which a woman undergoes in the course of one month (be they more or less conscious). It is about the true faces of a woman. It is about the realisation that each phase has “something to it”. It is about the most natural part of woman’s life which is still somewhat of a tabu.

The performance is dedicated to women. It encourages them to lovingly embrace their nature. To stay in contact with all the gifts which the monthly cycle brings. To be able to use the volatility of their energy more consciously (be it in their private lives or at work).

The performance is also dedicated to men. It gives them the possibility to see the potential concealed in the moods of women. To understand that even the “irksome” phase has its beauty and benefits. To respect the woman as a whole.

photo by Jana Němcová

The Same Self is a new circus performance combining acrobatics performed on aerial silks (Ivana Kolcunová – author of the performance), dance (Fanny Barrouquère), singing (Michaela Jonczy), spoken word (Katarína Zatovičová) and live music (Viktor Kracik-Bartha).

The whole performance is also a concert – for The Same Self, Michaela, the author of the songs, has selected those songs

from her repertoire which fit, based on their meaning as well as mood, in the individual phases of the cycle and form a perfect link between the choreographies. The music was composed by Viktor specially for the project. The performance takes approximately 60 minutes.

Do you want to find out more about the artists? Click here.
Do you want to know more about how it all started? Read the full feature here.

WHERE YOU CAN SEE US IN 2020

Performace is partly English friendly 🇬🇧/🇨🇿 - music and movement are internationall form of expression, so you will clearly know, what is going on :)
You may not understand the spoken word. But we are sure you will get the right esence just from listening and observing the actress.

Thu 24.9. 2020

Sat 10.10. 2020 / 19:00

Fri 13.11. 2020 / 19:00

Sat 14.11. 2020 / 19:00

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THE SAME SELF IN EMOTIONS AND PICTURES

Videoclip - Winter

Artistic teaser

THE CYCLIC WOMAN

How was idea of the performance born and why the cyclic woman?

Movement is something that I just cannot live without. 7 years ago I discovered aerial silks acrobatics and I totally fell for it. However, my approach to movement and to my own body had always been rather "masculine" – driven by power, competitiveness and the tendency to drive everything to the extreme and all the way to absolute exhaustion. Hence it is not difficult to guess that I was not exactly attuned to the "female energy."

A breakthrough for me was a monthly yoga stay in India where I met women roughly 10 years older then me who were speaking about female topics very openly. And also about how they plan work, important decisions and even their attendance at parties according to their menstrual cycle. This opened my eyes a lot and I started to focus more on the changes in energy I was experiencing.

I read the Optimized Woman from Miranda Gray, joined the female circles with Bára Zemanová and I gradually started to notice that on some days I really am more productive, while on other, I have much better and more interesting ideas and on even other days, I can communicate with everyone in an absolutely spontaneous and relaxed manner... And then there are days when it is almost certain that I will burst into tears even because of trifles. But most importantly, I noticed that it all happens over and over again. :) This realisation brought immense relief and joy – that on days when I feel that the world is going to end, I just have to realise that in a couple of days everything will turn for the better and that sometimes the best thing to do is to leave something for later.

I started sharing my “new experiences” with my female friends and women in my surroundings and I started to realise that for many of them, it was the very same discovery as it was for me before my trip to India. And so an idea to give this idea some form and pass it on to the world gradually started to take root in my head. And aerial dance and music struck me as very effective media to convey these ideas. And yes, it all came to me in the creative phase :D

Do you want to find out more about the artists? Click here.
Do you want to know more about how it all started? Read the full feature here.

photo by Jana Němcová

Is it all too pink? :) For more colours of the cyclic diagram and for the Czech version click here.

The performance is inspired by the books of Miranda Gray The Optimized Woman and Red Moon.

More information on female cyclicity is available at cyclicwomen.com

Spend the reflective phase in comfort with the menstrual cup YUUKI.

The partner of the performance.

COME SEE THE PERFORMANCE AND BRING HOME A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR REMEMBRANCE!

Bags, backpacks and posters will be on sale before and after the performance 🎭

The design and logo are the work of Karolína Urbánková.
Do you like it? We really do! 😍

The performance partner & manufacturer of these stunning pieces is MerchYou. Thank you! 🙏

WE TRULY APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT OF ALL WHO HAVE PUT THEIR TRUST IN US! THEREFORE A SPECIAL THANKS GOES TO ALL THESE PEOPLE AND ENTITIES

THE CREW

ACROBAT & AUTHOR: Ivana Kolcunová

Movement is something I cannot live without. 7 years ago I discovered aerial silks acrobatics and I totally fell for it. But to make sure I don't fly away completely, I ground myself with Kaula yoga.

In the recent years, I have been exploring my femininity more intensely. And the principles of female cyclicity fascinate me so much that I decided to create the performance The Same Self about it together with other amazing women.


My aerial silks experience:

In 2013 we founded the art group Arte Levite with a group of friends and since then we have produced more than 100 commercial aerial silks performances at different events and celebrations.

Besides commercial performances, I have collaborated with Amanitas Fire Theatre (Alenka) and musicians – Mich Gerber ("Leopardo" choreography, Colours of Ostrava); Kirill Yakovlev (“Duo Illusion”, theatre festival in Hradec Králové).

Less than two years ago, in the course of working on The Same Self I entered into collaboration with dance choreographer Sára Puchowska and in 2018 with Fanny Barroquère.

In the summer of 2019, I won the UK Aerial Performance Championship in the “Professional Silks” category.

photo by Jana Němcová

CHOREOGRAPHER & DANCER: Fanny Barrouquère

I come from France, where I started dancing as a kid. In 2008 I started to dance as a professional dancer in National Ballet of Marseille directed by Frédéric Flamand. After two seasons I decided to move to Sweden and joined Norrdans dance company. There I was part of performances by Mats Ek, Jo Stromgren, Gustavo Ramirez, Lenka Vagnerova,Thomas Noone, Ohad Naharin, Jossy Berg and OdedGraf, Marcos Morau, Fernando Melo, PeterJasko, KatrinHall, Jarek Cemerek, Lidia Wos, Anthony Missen and others.

In 2015 I decided to freelance and worked with companies in Czech Republic and Denmark. I am very happy to pass on my knowledge and passion about contemporary/modern dance.

SINGER & AUTHOR OF SONGS: Michaela Jonczy

I am a pop and gospel singer and I have been a member of Prague gospel group Maranatha Gospel Choir since 2006. As a soloist, I started appearing in smaller Prague clubs, singing chamber jazz-pop repertoire since 2009. After my return from a one-year study stay in France, which meant a detachment from active music life, a desire to create my own works was awakened inside me. Therefore, immediately after my return, I started composing my own songs which were then performed by Michaela Jonczy and her band, MooF and Mirochi.

I am currently studying pop vocals at the Pilsen Conservatory and I am a fresh graduate of Complete Vocal Academy in Copenhagen in Denmark. Apart from the Maranatha Gospel Choir mentioned above, I am a long-term member of The Cell and Magnum Jazz Bigband. I have also collaborated with many other artists and bands, such as Tonya Graves, Michal Ambrož & Hudba Praha, Jiří Cerha and C&K Vocal or Kamila Nývltová.

In January 2018, together with cinematographer Jana Hojdová I released my first music video featuring my song Na věčnost (For Eternity) and currently, I am working on the revival of my song repertoire within the project The Same Self.

ACTRESS & MOTHERHOOD MENTOR: Katarína Zatovičová

I love everything that helps to awake, to bring together the intricacies of life as well as its natural processes and whatever brings great inspiration to life. For twenty years, I have been running my project Acentrum in Prague – a conscious and active preparation for motherhood and parenthood with the focus on the support of natural birth and healthy functioning of the entire family.

Now I work with women and couples before inception, during pregnancy, at birth, and after it I provide theoretical as well as practical guidance as a mentor and guide through pregnancy, birth and parenthood. In my courses, I also raise awareness precisely of the links between the monthly cycle of a woman with the birth process, which teaches us how to manage everything. It is amazing for me to observe how the urge to explore and understand oneself opens up in women also due to cyclicity, how the interest in this topic is steadily growing, how even some men are able to perceive and anticipate the moods of their female partners caused by the very hormonal changes in the course of the whole month and who are gradually coming to the realisation that they have a woman at their side who transforms herself into four different beings in one month. You can find more information about my work and about the possibilities of cooperation on my website.

I am originally an actress. I was born in Bratislava. From the age of 5 until adolescence, I spent more time on the film set and in film and television studios than at school. After graduating from the theatre faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, I spent four seasons acting in theatre. I was invited to collaborate on The Same Self by Michaela Jonczy with whom I have been singing in the gospel group MGC since 2014.

photo by Matúš Lago

MUSICIAN & COMPOSER: Viktor Kracik-Bartha

Viky found his way to the troupe of The Same Self thanks to Michaela Jonczy, with whom he had already collaborated on different projects. He has ample experience with theatre and film music and therefore knows how to grasp the entire concept of the performance.

photo by Michael Sebastian

COSTUMES: Veronika Bijok

Veronika is a designer and fashion designer. She is interested in folklore, traditions and the status of women in today’s world. She has designed clothes for birth-giving and puerperium, which elevated her among top innovators in Czech female fashion. And she has conjured such beautiful and practical costumes for us!

LOGO & MERCHENDISE: Karolína Urbánková

Karol is a professional illustrator. Most recently, she has illustrated the book Jak na sítě and a brochure for children for Prague City Tourism. For The Same Self, she has designed the logo and amazing merchandise (posters, bags, backpacks). You can check out her work on Studio Arte.

photo by Jana Němcová

THE SAME SELF: THE CYCLICAL WOMAN UPSIDE DOWN

THE WHOLE STORY OF THE GENESIS OF THE PERFORMANCE

Author: Ivana Kolcunová – acrobat and author of The Same Self. Published 26/09/2019

Woman’s monthly cycle as a theme of an aerial dance performance? Why not. A woman passes through various moods, her energy changes... So why not use it in a more creative way (especially when one of the phases of the monthly female cycle bears the adjective “creative”)

The Same Self is a dialogue between an acrobat and a singer and a woman and her volatility in the course of the menstrual cycle. It aims to convey that a woman is one and yet four different beings. And therefore, in the course of the 60 minute-long performance, we can experience the full cycle from the dynamic, expressive and creative all the way to the reflective phase. In short, the woman in all her beauty. In the individual phases, aerial acrobatics (Ivana Kolcunová) blends with dance (Fanny Barroquère), singing (Michaela Jonczy), spoken word (Katarína Zatovičová) and live music (Viktor Kracik-Bartha).

The performance is dedicated to women. It encourages them to lovingly embrace their nature. To stay in contact with all the gifts which the monthly cycle brings. To be able to use the volatility of their energy more consciously (be it in their private lives or at work).

The performance is also dedicated to men. It gives them the possibility to see the potential concealed in the moods of women. To understand that even the “irksome” phase has its beauty and benefits. To respect the woman as a whole.

HOW WAS THE IDEA OF THE PERFORMANCE BORN? AND WHY EXACTLY FEMALE CYCLES?

Movement is something that I just cannot live without. 7 years ago I discovered aerial silks acrobatics and I totally fell for it. However, my approach to movement and to my own body had always been rather "masculine" – driven by power, competitiveness and the tendency to drive everything to the extreme and all the way to absolute exhaustion. Hence it is not difficult to guess that I was not exactly attuned to the "female energy."

A breakthrough for me was a monthly yoga stay in India where I met women roughly 10 years older then me who were speaking about female topics very openly. And also about how they plan work, important decisions and even their attendance at parties according to their menstrual cycle. This opened my eyes a lot and I started to focus more on the changes in energy I was experiencing.

I read the Optimized Woman from Miranda Gray, joined the female circles with Bára Zemanová and I gradually started to notice that on some days I really am more productive, while on other, I have much better and more interesting ideas and on even other days, I can communicate with everyone in an absolutely spontaneous and relaxed manner... And then there are days when it is almost certain that I will burst into tears even because of trifles. But most importantly, I noticed that it all happens over and over again. :) This realisation brought immense relief and joy – that on days when I feel that the world is going to end, I just have to realise that in a couple of days everything will turn for the better and that sometimes the best thing to do is to leave something for later.

I started sharing my “new experiences” with my female friends and women in my surroundings and I started to realise that for many of them, it was the very same discovery as it was for me before my trip to India. And so an idea to give this idea some form and pass it on to the world gradually started to take root in my head. And aerial dance and music struck me as very effective media to convey these ideas. And yes, it all came to me in the creative phase :D

photo by Jana Němcová

WHEN YOU HAVE A STRONG PURPOSE, YOU FIND WHAT YOU NEED...

Originally, I was inspired by my former boyfriend, a multi-genre musician and composer, to create a dialogue between a man and a woman. I imagined that we would create an intimate perfrormance together where he would musically convey his perspective on the female phases and I would dance. When we started working on it, I also started my collaboration with Sára Puchowska. Unfortunately, I and my boyfriend broke up and Sára had a serious car accident (from which she has already recovered luckily!) Therefore, The Same Self was left dozing for a while.

Despite these unexpected and sad circumstances, the idea of the female cycle in movement somehow stayed with me and I tried to spontaneously develop other choreographies.

But it was already clear to me that there is no way I could handle the performance on my own. Acrobatics and movement are a big hobby of mine, but I have no art education. I am a psychologist by profession and I have a "casual office job".

photo by Jana Němcová

For inspiration purposes, I once attended a dance workshop of the 420PEOPLE company, whose performances I have been admiring for a long time. After the workshop, I mustered all my courage and approached Václav Kuneš, the art director of 420PEOPLE, and asked him if he could help me out with the choreography for The Same Self or more precisely, if he could connect me with someone who would be interested in such a collaboration. And so I got acquainted with French dancer and choreographer Fanny Barrouquère, a repeated nominee for the Thalia Price, who lives in Prague and collaborates on various projects with Václav Kuneš or Lenka Vágnerová.

I and Fanny have known each other for almost a year now and we have spent together tens of hours in a gym. She helps me to instil meaning, subtlety as well as the right dramatic drive to movement. And in return, I am delighted that my aim – for the Same Self to contribute to raising awareness of femininity – happens already in the creative process. In Fanny's words:

"This project is very interesting for me because despite being a woman, I had never had any idea of "female phases" until I joined the project. I feel that there really is a lack of knowledge about this topic. Since I learnt more about all of it, I have started to accept myself and my own nature."

And I am also extremely happy that Fanny will eventually be part of the performance itself, so in addition to dance in the air you will get to see dance on the ground as well.

However, dance cannot exist without music... for which we originally looked in our memories and on Spotify. And this year in July I fished out of my memory a singer who I had been acquainted with by my former boyfriend back then. And without further ado, she said YES.

THE SAME SELF IS DEFINITELY NOT A ONE-WOMAN SHOW

When singer Michaela Jonczy joined the performance, the entire project gained a whole new dimension. Michaela is a pop and gospel singer, but also a composer who has composed many songs with beautiful female lyrics. She is the author of all songs in The Same Self – she has selected those songs from her repertoire which fit, based on their meaning as well as mood, in the individual phases of the cycle and form a perfect link between the choreographies. She has also worked with the theme of femininity in the music video of her song Na Věčnost, in which a woman is captured across different generations

Thanks to Michaela, the team was expanded by other indispensable people. She decided to collaborate with Viktor Kracik-Bartha, with whom she created new musical arrangements for the existing lyrics. In addition, they have been developing other musical material which will accompany acrobatic dance. Viktor has ample experience with theatre and film music and therefore knows how to grasp the whole concept of the performance.

Due to the fact that Michaela comes from an artistic family, she invited her sister, fashion designer Veronika Bijok to join the project. Veronika is interested in folklore, traditions and the status of women in today's world. We have used a couple of pieces from the existing collection Fragile for a photoshoot with another inspiring woman – photographer Jana Němcová who breathed the female spirit into the whole project by visual means. In addition to that, the photoshoot was a lot of fun and it produced great photographic material for this website and for promotional purposes. But the cooperation with Veronika did not end with the photoshoot. She also created the costumes for the performance.

During our discussions with Michaela about where else we'd like to take The Same Self, Michaela mentioned Katarína several times, saying she might be interested in it. And so one day we were joined by Katarína Zatovičová – an actress and founder of A centre, a project concerned with conscious and active preparation for motherhood and parenthood focusing on the support of natural birth and healthy functioning of the entire family. Coincidentally, in her courses of pre-birth tuning between partners she had been explaining to women for several years that their monthly cycle prepares them for the birth process and promotes the need to be aware of their cyclicity. Katarína provides a spoken word accompaniment to the performance.

And so the crew was complete and the premiere took place on October 11 (2019) in KZ Domovina in Prague Holešovice.


THE PREPARATIONS ARE NOT OVER AT ALL...

In a way I am pleased now that I had no idea what the preparation of the performance will entail. Be it from the time, organisational, financial as well as physical perspective. In short, from all the possible viewpoints :) Because, if I knew all this at the beginning, I would probably be too scared to plunge into it in the first place.

The individual "female phases" of course project themselves in the preparation too. Sometimes I am just so exhausted, I don't have the energy to practice or do anything. But it is precisely the realisation that in a couple of days I will advance to a different phase and everything will change for the better that often saves me from total panic. Some concerns, however, prevail irrespective of the phase I happen to find myself in :))

How do I manage not to fall short of breath?

I have experience from several dozens of aerial silks performances with our art group Arte Levite. The only difference is that these shows always took five or ten minutes at most. In The Same Self I spend 30 minutes suspended in the air. I tried to keep myself calm by relying on "performance adrenaline" and assuring myself that I will have enough energy. But when I consulted the performance with Petr Horníček, the manager of Losers Cirque Company, he warned me to get prepared for the fact that the performance itself will be much more physically demanding than the rehearsals. And that adrenaline, on which I wanted to rely, works more at shorter shows. But an all-night performance is a totally different kettle of fish. A backup plan? It would not to be that difficult to come up with one because I have an acrobat twin. People often ask us at performances if I and Martina from Arte Levite are sisters and sometimes we ourselves cannot tell one from another when we see pictures from performances. :)) So at the actual performance you can guess how many people you actually see dancing.


Can my pocket stretch to it?

I am funding the whole performance from my own long-term savings. People ask me – did you apply for any grants or sponsor gifts? Yes, one from the Život Umělce Foundation. If I received the contribution, for which I would be very grateful indeed, it would cover only 20% of the costs, which have already surpassed 150,000 Czech crowns. I am still waiting for our Hithit crowdfunding campaign to get approved, but it is hard to guess how many people it will "grasp" and if we will manage to meet the 60,000 CZK target. It would be of course great to receive financial support from more sources, but looking up and applying for grants, as well as searching for sponsors takes time, which I have limited amount of. And that's why I decided to focus more on practicing and only the most necessary promotion so that the final result achieves the purpose behind me doing all this: For The Same Self to help smash what still remains a social taboo and what also happens to be the most natural thing in the life of a woman.


HOW DO PEOPLE IN YOUR SURROUNDINGS REACT TO THE SAME SELF?

Very differently. But they are usually interested. I have already trained myself to pronounce without a blink and hesitation in my voice that "I am preparing an acrobatic performance about the changes in female energy in the course of the menstrual cycle". It is usually followed by a moment of silence and suspense. And then I hear reactions such as:

"Alright, I'm gonna come with my wife. That could bring light to many things we're experiencing."

or:

"Ahh. I get that every month at home, so there's no point in going to the theatre and paying for it."


Women often look forward to the rendering of the creative phase and add "finally someone will get it!" and are generally very supportive and encourage me. And I also have a very quirky friend from Russia who commented on it as follows – "Ivana, and you really think that anyone will be interested in your menstruation and that you'll make them see the light? It's just you Czech girls who probably don't understanding any of it, the Russian girl knows all about it!"

Well, if it's like that, then that's marvellous! However, for example in Sweden, it is still far from being accepted as commonplace. At the beginning of September I got a neat email from Swedish "menstrual activist" Kim Lindqvist who has been organising educational seminar and promoting menstrual cups within her initiative Bloody Good. Her boyfriend lives in Prague and she was apparently immensely thrilled when she heard about a performance inspired by the cyclical woman in movement.


Well, let's wait for more reactions after the October premiere or the December rerun!
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Author: Ivana Kolcunová – acrobat and author of The Same Self published 26/09/2019

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PROMO VIDEOS

Trailer

Videoclip - Zima (Winter)

Artistic teaser

ABSTRACT FOR THE PRINT/WEB PROGRAMME

The Same Self – You are one and yet four different beings

In the course of her monthly cycle, a woman goes through different phases, her energy varies. And therefore, in the 60-minute new circus performance, women too pass from the expressive to the creative and reflective and all the way to the dynamic phase. You have no idea what this is about? Don't worry. You, you'll soon understand :)

The performance is dedicated to women. It encourages them to lovingly embrace their nature. To stay in contact with all the gifts which the monthly cycle brings and to be able to use the volatility of their energy more consciously.
The performance is also intended for men. For them to see the potential concealed in the moods of women. To understand that even the “irksome” phase has its beauty and benefits.

The Same Self is inspired by the books of Miranda Gray The Optimized Woman and Red Moon.


The Crew (abbreviated version)

The Same Self features aerial silks acrobatics (Ivana Kolcunová – author of the performance), dance (Fanny Barrouquère – 2x nominated for the Thalia Price), singing (Michaela Jonczy – pop & gospel singer and the author of songs), spoken word (Katarína Zatovičová – actress and motherhood mentor) and live music (Viktor Kracik-Bartha – musician and composer). The costumes were designed and made by fashion designer Veronika Bijok.

The Crew (full version):

The Same Self is a performance in which five artists join hands, each of whom masterfully controls his or her craft.

Ivana Kolcunová, the author of the performance, is a qualified psychologist who can see inside the soul of a woman and as an aerial acrobat can convey what goes on inside women.

Michaela Jonczy is a pop and gospel singer and composer who composed many songs with beautiful lyrics about women. She is the author of all songs in The Same Self – she has selected those songs from her repertoire which fit, based on their meaning as well as mood, in the individual phases of the cycle and form a perfect link between the choreographies.

Michaela decided to collaborate with experienced musician and composer Viktor Kracik-Bartha, who has ample experience with theatre and film music, and therefore knew how to grasp the whole concept of the performance. By these two talents coming together, The Same Self became an emotionally charged concert.

Fanny Barrouquère is a French dancer and choreographer who dances in 420PEOPLE or Lenka Vágnerová & Company, among others, and was nominated several times for the Thalia Price. Apart from playing the role of the dancer, she also fulfilled the duties of the choreographer and director in The Same Self.

The spoken word is delivered by Katarína Zatovičová – an actress and motherhood mentor. Katarína is the founder of Acentrum which is a project providing conscious and active preparation for motherhood and fatherhood focusing on the support of natural birth and healthy functioning of the whole family.

The costumes were designed and made by fashion designer Veronika Bijok.