Planbureau proposed a stage design for the new production Birdie by Compagnie Frenák. The design studio launched their logic game called Logifaces made of concrete last year. The puzzle inspired Pál Frenák, who asked Dániel Lakos to cooperate in his new creation. The scenery is composed of giant prism-like Logifaces elements constructed from welded aluminium pipes. The concept of the game comes from the polygonal surface modeling used in the computer generated forms.
The dancers can spin, walk, and sit like a bird on the lightweight frame structures.
"It was a fantastic experience to work with such a great representative of a different genre. The game was designed in a different scale. New and unexpected features came with the magnified blocks.
The dancers could hardly wait to test the first mock-up block. They tried it before we finished to tighten the last screws. It was incredible to see how dancers get inspired by our objects." - says Daniel Lakos.
The image of flying is a deep and complex metaphor for Pal Frenak, inspired by Alan Parker's film, William Warthon's novel and Raymond Depardon's documentary film, entitled San Clemente. The piece Birdie is a dynamic vision about the fragile balance between sanity and insanity, the special relation between identity and imagination. The central question is: in the age of chaos, in the world of wars and cruelty, how can we create a small island of peace and what happens if the world outside doesn't accept our chosen way of living our lives?
The five dancers - members of Compagnie Pal Frenak, former dancers of Modern Ballet of Cuba and Royal Ballet of Sweden - participating in the new piece are moving in the extraordinary, recognizable style of Pal Frenak, using their classical ballet, and acrobatic knowledge combined with organic moves and contemporary techniques.
"Birdie is an astonishing, moving and extremely beautiful portrait of emotions and human feelings, with crystal clear structure and outstanding quality of dance. It is a masterpiece" (László Szabó G. theatre and dance critic)
lead design: Daniel Lakos
construction design: Demeter Fogarasi
photos: György Jókúti