Long Time No See!

Beatrix Simkó and Jenna JalonenLong Time No See!

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Beatrix and Jenna were born in isolated European countries. They have the same amount of muscles and bones. They are movers, acrobats, both comfortable with steam and water.

Blonde and brunette. Nordic and Central European. One’s ancestors lived under the Turkish empire, the other under the Swedish rule. One drinks pálinka and the other koskenkorva. Almost sisters. Not quite.

Long Time No See! is a playful performance by a Hamburg-based Hungarian and Brussels-based Finn exploring the curious and familiar aspects of two distinct cultures.

Concept, Choreography, Performance: Beatrix Simkó, Jenna Jalonen
Sound Design: Ábris Gryllus
Text: András Vinnai
Set Design, Photography, Video: Daniel Dömölky
Costume Design: Emese Kasza, Mei Kawa
Lighing design: Daniel Dömölky, Krisztián Balázs
Creative Management: Andrea Kovács, Let It Be! Art Agency
Special thanks: Jessica Simet, Ernő Király, Zoltán Szmolka, András Benyák, Péter Pusztaházi, József Pető
Supporters: National Cultural Fund, Life Long Burning, Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, Trafó House of Contemporary Arts
Cooperation Partners: Workshop Foundation, Ultima Vez, Rakastajat Teatteri Pori, Balassi Institute Helsinki, Suomi 100, Studio Latéral 19, Let It Be! Art Agency, Deephoto, PURE, Mei Kawa
With the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union as part of the Source project
Selected as part of the Festival d'Avignon Sujets à Vif programme

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Biography

Beatrix Simkó is a Hungarian dancer, choreographer and media artist who graduated from the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design as a media designer. During her 8-year collaboration with the Hungarian Eva Duda Dance Company, she began to create her own performance and media works. In 2015 she was offered a grant by the Theatertreffen International Forum in Berlin, and in recent years she has taken part in many international theatre and dance collaborations; Bern Schlachthaus Theatre, München Rodeo Festival, Berlin Künstlerhaus Bethanian and Ballhaus Ost. Since 2016 she has been performing her contemporary dance duet #Orpheus#Eurydice which was awarded the Grand Prize at the Hungarian Festival of Dance 2018. She is one of the selected artists of Creative Crossroads by Life Long Burning for two years. She is currently based in Hamburg and Budapest.

Jenna Jalonen aka triplejay was born in Finland, educated in Hungary and is currently based in Belgium. After studying classical ballet at the Hungarian Dance Academy in Budapest, she evolved towards contemporary dance and performing arts. She has been dancing for and creating with several international companies and choreographers such as Eva Duda Dance Company, Central Europe Dance Theater, Kubilai Khan Investigations, Kwaad Bloed/Ugo Dehaes, fAbuleus, Thierry de Mey, Theater Bremen, Máté Mészáros, Untamed Productions, Notch Company/Oriane Varak and HODWORKS. She is teaching and developing triplewave, a movement practice inviting the dancer to use the mechanics of a wave in the body through different dance styles. She is also the co-founder and driver of the performing arts collective Dope.

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