Artistic Statement

As a choreographer, performer and improviser I create solo projects and also collaborate with visual artists, digital media artists and musicians. My interest lies in the pure physicality of the body and the understanding of its functioning, the relationship of human movement and the surrounding world. Through this understanding I investigate the social, ecological and political meanings of the moving or still body in space.

I work with site‐specific projects, creating both the outdoor projects in cities, rural areas and in nature, and in nontraditional indoor spaces such as museums or libraries. I use limited – nevertheless inspiring – spaces to develop new movement, visual and audio possibilities, playing with three dimensional use of the space and investigating contact with the objects and materials that are found there.

In my site‐specific projects I often involve local communities usually drawing the movement material from the daily gestures of the inhabitants of the chosen city, introducing contemporary dance and art to people who normally have little previous experience with the performing arts.

Dance&Technology – Dance&Live Music – Site Specific

Recent Work (2017 – 2016)

Similarities

Site Specific Networked performance / Real-Time-Made Film
connecting performers in Copenhagen, Miami, Barcelona and Prague.

Eyes of four cameras are capturing performers who are the guides on a journey through their locations. The audience is invited to experience a blend of four seemingly similar places, traveling from the world of small details until the performers‘ interaction with their environments gradually reveals the uniqueness of each.

Everything happened in the same time accompanied by the unifying live music from Prague. Low latency streams of the four locations were sent to a live mixing station of Studio Biscoe in Copenhagen where they were composed and projected for the audience. No post-production; just real-time interaction on the 3rd April 2017.

Credits

Longing for the Impossible for the Moment it is Real

Collaboration on the networked performance hosted by the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen – Denmark’s first public networked performance.

Longing for the Impossible comprised 5 contemporary compositions which featured a mix of performers in Copenhagen, Barcelona and London.

Jana Bitterova collaborated with dancers Marie Lykkemark Simonsen, Georgia Kapodistria, Indrek Kornel, Bruno Ramri, Irene García and  Elia Genis to create a networked choreography following a visual theme of orbiting spheres by Studio Biscoe (inspired by the atomic model of Danish physicist Niels Bohr).

The performers – regardless of physical location – were all elements of the same performance space as experienced by the audience.

Full description & Credits

The Incredible Voyage of Kryštof Harant

An installation and dance performance within the ruined walls of Pecka Castle poetically interpreting the journeys of former resident and renaissance Bohemian nobleman Kryštof Harant.

Harant undertook a two year pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 1598/99 about which he wrote and illustrated a unique book Journey from Bohemia to the Holy Land, by way of Venice and the Sea published in 1608. The purposefully naive animations used in the installation are directly drawn from the beautiful – and sometimes fantastical – Harant’s drawings. Music for the performance includes parts of Missa Quinis Vocibus super Dolorosi martir composed by Harant.

Premiered in June 2017 within Festival Pecka.

CREDITS
Visual Art, Animation & Projection Mapping: Studio Biscoe
Choreography/Dance: Jana Bitterova

Photo: Hynek Kalista

Biscoe Bitterova Project

Exploring innovative approach for collaboration between visual & performing artists using digital technologies

Jana Bitterova with Studio Biscoe (visual art & technologies) – collectively “BBP”- developed an innovative approach whereby both visual and dance artists become live collaborative performers.

They create performance environment where gestures of the visual artist creates visuals on sides of the performance space, becoming the physical motion of the dance artist, and to which the visual artist can in turn respond.

BBP are integrating the technology (gestural sensors, cameras, projection-mapping) that facilitate the interaction between the artists in a fully improvised and structured context. Working from an improvisation, they are interested in the notion of borders and boundaries in both abstract and narrative sense. They also collaborate with live musician Oak Matthias.

Video Biscoe Bitterova Project

Free Three

Jana is a member of Free Three improvisational company with dancer Kuldip Singh-Barmi and cellist Oak Matthias.

Free Three are interested in improvisation as a form of artistic expression. 

They regularly perform events called Practice number X, an improvised conversation in movement and sound. Through listening, sensing and responding, an instant composition develops.

Two dancers and musician take a challenge to be directed by present moment.

www.facebook.com/freethree.page/

Video Free Three: Practice No. 21

Bridge to Everywhere: 234

The contemporary telepresence multidisciplinary performance that examines the cultural ties formed by immigrants between their adopted home and their place of origin; the links that are established virtually between these places and peoples through the Internet.

Bridge to Everywhere connected performers in Miami and Havana – in two locations, which are only 234 miles far from each other, nevertheless due to the political situation it is challenging to make any direct connection. We built the bridge between Cuban immigrants living in Miami and their country of origin.

Credits:
Producer, Visual Artist & Systems Engeneering: Ian Biscoe
Choreography & Artistic Adviser: Jana Bitterova
Performers: Miami dancers – Liony Garcia, Alejandro Ransoli, Samantha Pazos, Ivonne Batanero; Havana dancers – Rosario Cardenas Company (Claudia Lorena Rodríguez, Yanet Garau Rodríguez, Daniel Belcourt Valdés, Luis Angel Delgado Gómez)
Music: drummers – Dennys Papacho Savon, Eduardo Rodriguez, additional music by Nacional Electrónica and Andrew Yeomanson / Spam Allstars

Premiere: 22nd March 2016, New World Center in Miami Beach, Florida

www.bridgetoeverywhere.com

All Work (2017-2011)

Dance & Technology
Similarities (2017)
Longing for the Impossible (2017)
The Incredible Voyage of Kryštof Harant (2017)
Biscoe Bitterova Project (2016)
Bridge to Everywhere: 234 (2016)

Dance & Live Music / Poetry
Practice No. X (2016)
Coexistence (2015)
Spontaneous Danced Poetry (2015)

Site Specific & Community Projects
Movement in Landscape (2017)
Haptica magna (2015)

Framed Silence (2015)
3:1 for Changing Room (2014)
Quêteurs de gestes / Passeurs de corps (2013)
Pecka in Movement (2013)
Oostenchorvis (2012)
Guerilla Dance (2011)

Recent Videos

Similarities
Longing for the Impossible
Biscoe Bitterova Project “Analog Improvisation”
Biscoe Bitterova Project – Highlights “Digitalization”
Free Three: Practice No. 21
Bridge To Everywhere: 234 – Highlights
Bridge To Everywhere: 234 – Opening Act “Connected/disconnected”