Since 2013, the performers and creators Montserrat Gardó Castillo & Petr Hastik, started to work together. Graduated from the Barcelona and Prague Conservatory, they both studied at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. Besides, Montserrat Gardó Castillo holds a degree in Journalism and Petr Hastik, in Dance Pedagogics. As performers they’ve collaborated with NEUER TANZ/VA Wölfl, Heiner Goebbels, Tino Sehgal, Gintersdorfer/Klaßen, Ben J. Riepe, Alexander Giesche, Costa Compagnie, Ted Gaier, Alexandra Pirici or SEE! amongst others. They’ve been guests from the Münchner Kammerspiele and performed in festivals and theatres such as Tanzplattform, Tanztheater International, Favoriten, Tanzmesse, Ruhrtriennale, Manchester International Festival, Venice Biennale, Skulptur Projekte Münster, Julidans, Tanz im August, Kunstfest Weimar, The Armory (NY) Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Beursschouwburg (Brussels), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), HAU Berlin, Festival Ciudad de Mexico, Festival Montpellier Danse, Teatro Maria Matos in Portugal, Théâtre National de Bretagne, or Pavilion Noir in Aix-en-Provence.
Currently they are working on their new project BRUTOLOGY that will be presented in 2021 and 2022, in collaboration with FFT Düsseldorf and Emscherkunstweg/Urbane Künste Ruhr, and in their research “The archive is us”, supported by Kunststiftung NRW . This year they presented Ruin Lust, an online trilogy on brutalism, hauntology and nostalgia, in cooperation with FFT Düsseldorf and The future concert, in collaboration with the musician Nicolás Kretz (tanz.tausch festival). In 2020 they produced the video Borrowed Nostalgia presented at the Symposium ON/LIVE, in FFT Düsseldorf and Terrarista TV. In 2020 and 2019 they developed Make us great again, a research on collective memory (with the support of Goethe Institute, NRW Kultursekretariat and FFT Düsseldorf) and in collaboration with Nicolás Kretz.
In 2018 they produced The future was us in coproduction with FFT Düsseldorf. In that same year, they were granted with the Dance Research Residency from Goethe Institute in Seattle, USA. They’ve also created The Pumping Piece (Tanzhaus NRW and tanz.tausch Köln) and the video #BODY (2016), awarded by the Kulturrat-NRW and presented at the SIMULTAN Festival 2019, Tanzplattform Essen, Tanzmesse NRW 2018, Festival Move!, or Hungry Eyes Festival (2018), amongst others. In 2015 they presented the site-specific: The Fantastic 2 (Essen) and in 2014 the video Volvo-rine (in Sofia, Bulgaria), in collaboration with Blanca Noguerol (Tanztheater Wuppertal). Besides their collaboration, they worked separately in pieces that have been presented at the Prague Pride Festival, Certamen Coreográfico de Madrid, PACT Zollverein, in Barcelona, Tillburg, Wuppertal, Düsseldorf and different dance festivals in Czech Republic.
Montserrat Gardó Castillo was also selected for “Choreographic Dialogues” from PACT Zollverein together with Dragana Bulut (2017). They both have been guest artists at the “180° Festival – Laboratory for innovative art”, Sofia, in 2019 and 2020 with the support from Instituto Cervantes and Goethe Institute. Petr Hastik was part of 2020 and 2021’s edition of 4 + 4 Days in Motion, in Prague.
Our work addresses invisible choreographies through impersonation and through the presentation of ready-mades.