Boris Hristov House of Culture
Start: 19:30
Duration: 60 min
Age: 8+

The hall is accessible for visitors with limited mobility -


Author POCKETART collective / Sabina Bočková & Johana Pocková
Choreography, direction: Sabina Bočkova & Johana Pockova ́ ́
Creation and performance: Aneta Bočková, Jitka Čechová, Michaela Dzurovčínová, Karolina Graca, Tereza Holubová, Tereza Krejčová, Eva Mora González, Monika Szpunar
Live music: Lukáš Palán, Sára Vondrášková
Dramaturgy: Viktor Černický
Choreographic coaching: Peter Šavel
Set design and costumes: Vendula Tomšů
Light design: Eliška Kociánová
Technical support: Jan Tomšů
Production manager 2023: David Ostružár
Tour / production manager: Nela Frauenbergová
Production assistant/ booking: Anna Gazdíková
Graphic design: Pavel Holomek

Producer POCKetART, z.s.
Co-producers: Sísmograf Festival (Spain) / Big Pulse Dance Alliance TANEC PRAHA International Dance Festival (Czech Republic), co-production partners / Julidans (Netherlands), CODA Oslo International Dance Festival
With support of The Ministry of Culture of Czech Republic, The National Recovery Plan, Next Generation EU, Capital city Prague, State Fund of Culture, Tanec Praha z.ú. / PONEC – dance venue, SE.S.TA. – center for choreographic development - associated artist Johana Pocková, REZI.DANCE Komařice
Special thanks to Yvona Kreuzmannová and Markéta Perroud. The project was implemented with the financial participation of the EU through the National Recovery Plan and the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.

One Dance Festival е част от Big Pulse Dance Alliance, подкрепен от програма Творческа Европа на ЕС. Проектът се реализира с финансовата подкрепа на Национален Фонд “Култура”.

Fairy Tales

A Big Pulse Dance Alliance co-production, Fairy Tales is a dance performance with a strong visual identity for 8 female dancers and 2 musicians.

Going into the themes of womanhood and the values that femininity brings to our world, they are coming back to places of their childhood to reveal the processes of becoming oneself. It’s like trying on different roles, as if it was just another game or another dress. Roles we all know from well-known fairy tales or real-life figures. We are creating new fantasies for ourselves, reimagining our identities and the way we see our happy endings.

by Vojta Brtnický


POCKETART collective is an internationally acclaimed team of creators working in the field of contemporary dance and physical theater under the direction of choreographers Sabina Bočková and Johana Pocková. As part of its projects, the team brings together artists from the fields of dance, music, scenography, fine arts, and light design. Their work has toured internationally in Europe, Africa and South America, their pieces have been part of Aerowaves Twenty21 and Twenty22 and presented at various festivals including Tanzmesse 2022. With their works they are part of European projects such as Shape it! and Big Pulse Dance Alliance.

The work of the team is characterized by tackling topics that go beyond the personal experience of the individual and touch upon societal issues such as manipulation through media, global environmental threats, stress in a competitive environment, or the position of an individual in the corporate work system. The creators try to approach these topics comprehensively through detailed work with all theatrical components. For each of their works, they always look for a new stylisation of physical expression unique to the topic at hand, creating dance images from specific body references. Through their distinctive poetics, visual purity and strong original music, the performances aim to give birth to a spiritual experience, compelling the audience to reflect on our society.

by Vojta Brtnický

In 2018, the team introduced their first performance, Warehouses Full of Emotions, inspired by intergenerational views of femininity and the authentic memories of an old lady. Under the choreographic direction of Johana Pocková, four dancers collaborated on this work, as well as Pockova’s 89-year-old grandmother and an 8-year-old girl. This performance was later transformed into the dance film Folds of Touch. In 2019, POCKETART introduced Onto the Scale! – Johana Pocková’s duet with the central theme of stress in a competitive environment.

In 2019, having previously collaborated on several projects, Sabina Bočková and Johana Pocková created Lion's Den, a duet pondering the themes of media manipulation and political populism. This work was selected for the Czech Dance Platform 2020, included in Top 20 of the choreographic platform AerowavesTwenty21, and the duet was performed at Festival TANEC PRAHA in 2020 and 2021, Kenya International Theater Festival, New Baltic Dance Festival, Malá Inventura, and the Flora Theater Festival in Olomouc.

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In the following years, the performance Lion's Den was transformed into two other projects. One of them is the outdoor performance the Lion`s Den UNLIMITED, which involves 14 professional and 14 non-professional dancers, who together create and subsequently perform choreography based on the original duet. This project was part of the Festival TANEC PRAHA 2021 and was shortlisted for the European platform Big Pulse Dance Alliance. The Lion's Den was also included in the project Shape It!, which gives artists an opportunity to collaborate with children and adapt their work for young audiences. The partners of Shape It! are The Place London, Comune di Bassano del Grappa, Tanec Praha, and Annantalo.

 In 2020, the team premiered Treatment of Remembering, a performance created by Sabina Bočková, Johana Pocková, and Inga Zotova-Mikshina. It touches upon the topics of the global threat to the environment and the disappearance of nature from our world. This piece won the International Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the Czech Dance Platform 2021, as well as being included in AerowavesTwenty22. The next POCKETART piece is To the Madonna with Rust, a solo performance by Johana Pocková, which was nominated for Festival TANEC PRAHA 2022.

Sabina Bočková & Johana Pocková

Sabina Bočková (1995) is a choreographer and dancer based in Prague. She studied classical and modern dance and after dancing in ballet companies for three years, she decided to work as a freelance artist.  Fascinated by simple and obvious body language, she transforms movement through choreographic structures while at the same time addresses topics and themes that echo social and cultural issues.

Johana Pocková (1992) graduated from the Duncan Centre Dance Conservatory in Prague, completed a six-month internship at the Peridance Capezio Centre in New York and two years at the SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance). In 2017, she won the Jarmila Jeřábková Award for her choreography MURDER! A little comic book history. In 2020, she won the first Dance News Award for her contribution to the dance scene. In her creations, Pocková is interested in searching for an original form of lyrical and poetic dance language combined with absurdity and irony based on actual social and cultural topics. She is also interested in combining art forms with dance such as classical singing, acting and visual arts.

by Vojta Brtnický


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