Check the Czechs

CHECK THE CZECHS is the special programme part of the 10th edition of ONE DANCE WEEK, which will put into focus the Czech contemporary performance scene. The program is curated by Yvona Kreuzmannová – the engine behind almost all performance phenomena in the Czech Republic and a member of international networks, including IETM, European Dancehouse Network, co-founder and associate director of Aerowaves and partner of Be SpectACTive !.

The CHECK THE CZECHS module will present a total of three shows – GUIDE on September 24 at 19:30, THE NARRATOR on October 8 at 16:30 and ONE STEP BEFORE THE FALL on October 8 at 20:00. All the spectacles from the program of ONE DANCE WEEK will be performed at Boris Hristov House of Culture in Plovdiv.

The unique Muhammad Ali is coming to life on October 8 at 20:00 in Plovdiv in the champion’s shows ONE STEP BEFORE THE FALL by Spitfire Company where the dance art is using heavyweight punches to wake up the fighter in each of us. The story of perhaps the most famous boxer in history, Muhammad Ali – from the rise in the ring to the burning out of a legend struck by Parkinson’s disease – is actually the story of anyone who has ever suffered the blows of life. The stage has been transformed into a boxing ring, where, as in life, victories and losses are changing, and fate leads a pointless duel against the refusal to surrender. With quick and sharp movements, with a speed of spinning leading to dizziness, Marketa Vacovska (Dancer of the Year – Czech Republic, 2013) is embroidering the stage with tension, while the music and vocals of Lenka Dusilova further exacerbate the emotions of the performance. The artist’s disobedience and insistence to rise after the defeat builds up the story, and the spectacle raises the audience on their feet and fully deserves their enthusiastic applause.

ONE STEP BEFORE THE FALL debuts in 2012 in Trutnov, Czech Republic, to win a year later the Herald Angel Award of the British newspaper “The Herald”, taking all ovations at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh. The Concept and choreography are by Marketa Vacovska and Petr Bohac, founder and artistic director of Spitfire Company.

It’s time for a theatrical knockout. In this spectacle, winning awards and fans from Stockholm to Beijing, two women through dance and music fight in the boxing ring for their fate. Painful mastery. – The Herald

CHECK THE CZECHS program will be presented with the support of Czech center in Sofia, Embassy of the Czech Republic in Sofia, Ministry of Cuture Czech Republic.

Festival tickets presale has already started at the price of 45 BGN. The number of promotional passes is limited and following August 31 their price will be increased to 55 BGN.

The tickets for the show ONE STEP BEFORE THE FALL are also available for 10 and 15 BGN.

Buy with your Visa card at and get a gift from Visa – a festival bag.

Yvona Kreuzmannová

Yvona Kreuzmannová  studied dance science at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. She then founded the civic association “Tanec Praha”, where she was responsible for the management, fundraising and artistic leadership.

From September 2006 to September 2008, she worked as an external adviser to the Deputy Minister, and later to the Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic. At the same time, she accepted the Government’s proposal to be responsible for the official launch of the Czech EU presidency. In the period 2008 – 2011 she was the artistic director of the project Pilsen 2015 – European Capital of Culture.

The greatest distinction she received is the National Order of Merit, which she was awarded in 2004 by the French president for her positive influence in the European cultural cooperation.

She is a member of international networks and juries such as IETM (Informal European Theater Meeting), EDN (European Dancehouse Network), the Czech section of ITI (International Theater Institute / UNESCO) and the European Committee of the State Council on Non-Governmental Organizations. In 2009 she became a co-founder and associate director of the Aerowaves network and a partner of Be SpectACTive !, funded by the EU’s Creative Europe program.

Spitfire Company

Spitfire Company is an artistic platform for contemporary dance theater, as well as one of the most progressive creative teams in the Czech Republic. Behind the success of their performances is an iron formula – originality, mixing of genres and the constant introduction of new forms in the theatrical art. The company focuses on the physical presence on the stage, the visual impact and the disproportion in character building. All this distinguishes Spitfire Company and explains the success of their productions.

ONE DANCE WEEK is organized by ONE Foundation for Culture and Arts in partnership with the America for Bulgaria Foundation. THE PROJECT IS PART OF THE PROGRAM OF PLOVDIV – EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2019.

The festival is organised with the general support of Visa  a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories, enabling them to use electronic payments instead of cash and checks, and of Programista; – one of the fastest-growing IT companies in Bulgaria which was recognised as Software Company of the Year 2017 by BASSCOM and BOA.

The festival is organised with the main support of TELUS International Europe – the biggest employer in the BPO sector in Bulgaria and Putishta Plovdiv.

The festival’s team would like to thank the Ministry of Culture of Taiwanthe Ministry of Culture of the Republic of BulgariaCzech Center SofiaEU JAPAN FEST committeethe Embassy of Japan in Sofia“Japan friends in Bulgaria” Club and the Embassy of Czech Republic in Sofia.