In the series of “nOphelia” we present female dancers, performers, creators and choreographers who have experienced the beauties and struggles of pregnancy, motherhood and parenting. We are curious about their personal and artistic transformations, about their journeys as women, as mothers, as artists. Through their stories we also collect some advice for future mothers, who might deal with similar challenges in regards to their productivites, their bodies, priorities, our society and the passing of time.
This video has been created in the frame of our digital zine (https://www.povzine.com/), in which we walk around the theme of ‘femme fragile’. Opposed to Shakespeare’s Ophelia – which character became the embodiment of mental fragilty and female self-sacrifice – with “nOphelia” we aim to highlight the complexity, strength and sensitivity of these women.
In the second episode Eszter Petrány interviewed Daphna Horenczyk.
Mohammad Reza Rasouli – filming, directing, editing
Eszter Petrány – hosting, editing
Daphna Horenczyk was born in Israel, 1987. Graduated as a dance major from Ironi Alef high school in Tel-Aviv. Between 2006-2008 Daphna studied in the professional dance training program in Kibbutz Gaaton. After graduating from that program, she worked as a freelance dancer, rehearsal director and movement instructor for a theatre in Israel. In 2009 Daphna moved to Austria to study in SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance) both in the performance and choreography programs. During her studies in Salzburg, she managed to create 3 pieces which had toured in Israel and Europe, and worked as a rehearsal director. In 2012 she moved to Tel-Aviv, Israel, she was teaching dance and created her own choreography, participated in different collaborations and functioned as a rehearsal director for independent dance projects. Her pieces were performed in festivals in Israel and abroad, such as Machol-Shalem, Intimadance, TLV Dance (IL), No-Ballet (GR), MAAT (PL) and more. She is currently living and working in Vienna as a freelancer dancer and enjoys the complexity of motherhood.
To learn more about Daphna, visit her website: https://www.daphnahorenczyk.com/
Eszter Petrány is a Hungarian contemporary dancer, who was born in Szentendre, Hungary in 1991. She started dancing at a young age with ballet, jazz and Hungarian folk dance bases in a school where music and dance were integrated in the everyday education. She continued her dance training later in Budapest where she completed a theatrical dancer faculty. From 2012 she was studying contemporary dance and movement studies (dance pedagogy) at Anton Bruckner University in Linz, Austria and completed her Bachelor studies there in 2016. Over those years Eszter was working with choreographers such as Rose Breuss, Harmen Tromp, Regina van Berkel or Eldad Ben Sasson. Eszter continued her studies as a master student of dance pedagogy from 2016 on and started to work as a freelancer dancer partly with ongoing projects of Rose Breuss, as a company member of Cie Off Verticality Dance and as a guest dancer of Landestheater Linz. Her research topics include different perspectives on the functions and roles of musicality, verbality and poetic qualities in dance, which was strongly reflected through her 2019 solo of The Diary of Anne Frank. Besides dancing she collaborates with visual artists for specific projects as The Shore of Unspoken (2017) – which was a narrated short film including motion capture technology, as Christian Heigner’s photography album of collodion photos (2016-2017), or as Villanások (2020) – which was Adienn Örkényi’s photo exhibition. Also, she is continuously working on photo projects with Balázs Koch and Attila Kleb whom are both interested in movement photography and in the abstract compositions of the human body. Since 2021 she has been working on the reconstruction of a Hungarian dance heritage, which research will serve as a base of their new production with Boglárka Heim, called Fúriatánc. Eszter Petrány joined PUC Collective in 2018 with her dance role in Bauhaus Tanz and she continued working with the group as a dancer and creator in InTouch, Green Phantasm or their latest production Dreamscraper. Her upcoming project – as a dancer – is a contemporary opera in collaboration with Neue Oper Wien. She is currently living in Vienna and she is working both in Budapest and in Vienna as a freelancer dancer, researcher and teacher.
To learn more about Eszter, visit her website: https://petrany.com/
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