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Questions for Next Year

Question for Next Year by Lhotáková Soukup Dancecompany (Czech Republic). Question for Next Year is a contemporary choreography for three performers. In earlier productions the choreographer Kristyna Lhotáková has based her work on expressing and promoting particular character traits and details in the human ways of being. Question for Next Year is inspired by the life of an 80 year old circus performer turned communist party member. Her name is Mrs. Ivana Gottliebová, and she also performs in the work with the choreographer and musician Ladislav Soukup.


(Objekt ID 6407)
Object type Production
Produced by Lhotáková Soukup Dancecompany
Coproducers Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté à Belfort
Audience Adults
Language English and Czech
Keywords Dance, Dance theatre, Documentary, Theatre

Requirements to venue

Blackout No

The Question for Next Year is choreography for three performers: Mrs. Iva Gottliebová (1925), dancer Kristýna Lhotáková (1977) and sound designer Ladislav Soukup (1968).

The production is inspired by Iva Gottliebová who allows her life - both past and present - to be explored through her presence on stage.

After finishing her primary education in Benešov, Czech Republic, Iva Gottliebová apprenticed to become a seamstress. During the Second World War she travelled with a group of circus artists as an acrobat in order to avoid the German occupation. In 1945 she entered the Communist party. In 1955 she graduated from the Pedagogical Faculty of Charles University, Prague. Soon after, she worked as a journalist for the communist daily newspaper Rude právo (literally: Red Right). In 1967 she left the communist party and worked as a head waitress. Iva is currently training gymnastics for the Sokol organization. She is retired, divorced, has four children and seven grandchildren.

Choreographer Kristýna Lhotáková and director/sound designer Ladislav Soukup focus on the aesthetics of documentary theatre. They work with non-dancers, or so-called real people, as their inspiration, and these people usually also personally appear on stage. Over the course of the last 10 years of working together and the last 5 years of making theatre Kristýna Lhotáková and Ladislav Soukup have developed a specific dance/theatre aesthetic thriving to catch the essentially Czech, while aiming to stay authentic and different.

The Question for Next Year was presented through the network for performing arts in which Avant Garden, BIT Teatergarasjen and Black Box Teater were members.

Source: BIT Teatergarasjen, Meteor 2005. 17.09.2010: www.bit-teatergarasjen.no archive

Contributors (9)
Name Role
Kristýna Lhotáková – Concept/Idea
Ladislav Soukup – Concept/Idea
Kristýna Lhotáková – Choreography
Ladislav Soukup – Music
Ivana Gottliebová – Performer
Kristýna Lhotáková – Performer
Ladislav Soukup – Performer
Pavel Štorek – Producer
Sodja Zupanc Lotker – Assistant
Performance dates
October 19, 2005 18:00 – Scene USF, USF Verftet Show
October 18, 2005 18:00 – Scene USF, USF Verftet Show
October 16, 2005Teaterhuset Avant Garden Show
October 15, 2005Teaterhuset Avant Garden Show
Festivals (1)
METEOR October 18, 2005