Les SlovaKs was established in 2006 and is quite influential in European contemporary art field. The company is comprised of five male dancers, all of whom come from Slovakia and have worked with the top European artist Akram Khan, who was the choreographer and the only contemporary dancer invited for the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games.
斯洛伐克人通过结合彼此共有的经历，探索出了一种跳舞和表演相结合的方式。从在班斯卡-比斯特里察的斯洛伐克舞蹈学院接受早期训练开始，到搬到布鲁塞尔，在Rue Antoine Bréart街的一套房里同住一间卧室，再到当代舞团中职业生涯，这种舞者之间的情谊编织成了一张参考点网络，而每个人的友谊故事又使这张网更加结实、复杂。每个人都被彼此的共同兴趣吸引，同时又都保持各自的特点，这就产生了一种非常像社会舞蹈的舞蹈方式，但是却不受风格或文化同一性的限制。
Les SlovaKs have developed a way of dancing and performing together from playing with their shared history and references. Starting from their early training in the Slovakian dance academy in Banska Bystrica, to moving to Brussels and sharing a house on Rue Antonie Breart where five of them shared one bedroom and two mattresses, and on through to their professional careers in contemporary dance companies, this fraternity of dancers has knit a web of reference points together enhanced and complexified by the personal folklore of their friendship. Through an organic process of collective gravitation towards common points of interest and by maintaining their individual specificities, their uniquely personal and intuitive context has generated a way of dancing that functions much like a social dance, yet without the limitations of style or cultural uniformity.
For Journey Home, Les SlovaKs will employ narrative, characters, tradition and games to create a thread of storytelling. In the subtleties between such Eastern European traditions and more Western cultural references, Les SlovaKs continue to create a playing field onstage where dancing reigns free and in which a special kind of theatricality can emerge. By creating several sub-categories of interest, Journey Home frames Les SlovaKs’ecstatic and total dancing in a kaleidoscopic composition of fractured moments of life. Emotion, imagination, and history will all play a part of this original fairy tale.
“We use the Slovak traditional dance as a source of inspiration.Not to create or reconstruct, but to find and apply what is valuable and enriching for us and offer that generously to the spectators.” While constantly folding new experiences and movements into their dance practice, Les SlovaKs maintain their Slovakian influence in an atmosphere of pride and playful competition, an appetite for virtuosity and extreme physically, and an ethical poetics of love for life.