“JINX 103” – Cie József Trefeli

Short description: “From the roots of rituals is born a dance for two men. A face-off, non-confrontational, but explorational quest for the possibility of simultaneous movement. The gesture of the ritual orbits in a way, even to allow for a drop of humor.” Zita Sándor

József Trefeli and Gábor Varga create a dance performance for a public space, exploring together the rhythms and rituals of life in a high energy, captivating performance. This meeting of two male dancers connected by being from the Hungarian Diaspora, one born in Australia and the other in the USSR, brings them shoulder to shoulder as they delve into their common heritage. They come together in dance, the art form they share, even though it was learnt on opposite sides of the globe.

Through their common vocabulary of vibrant body percussion where even the most basic rhythms are extremely complex, with clapping and slapping, clicking and stamping, they create a breathtakingly energetic dance of lightning fast footwork, leg twisting and weaving, high kicks and turning jumps.

Why JINX 103? In many languages when two people accidentally say the same thing simultaneously, there is a word that must be quickly said to ward off bad luck: the French say “chips”, the English say “jinx” and the Hungarians say “103”.


Concept, choreography: József Trefeli & Gábor Varga

Performance: Gábor Varga & Gyula Cserepes

Music: Frédérique Jarabo

Compagnie József Trefeli has received assistance for the creation and touring of JINX 103 from:
DC Département de la Culture de la ville de Genève
DIP Département de l’Instruction Publique de l’état de Genève
La Loterie Romande
Pro helvetia
RESO Switzerland & Fête de la Danse, Genève
La Ville de Carouge

short biography

Gabor Varga began his career as a Hungarian folk dancer. He studied at Talentum International School of Dance and Musical Art in Budapest, and P.A.R.T.S in Brussels.
Since moving to Geneva, Switzerland where besides working with Cie Gilles Jobin, Cie Alias/Guilherme Botelho, and Cie József Trefeli, Gábor has become involved in administration and production for artistic projects.

Gyula Cserepes is a dancer, performer and choreographer, originating from Bečej, Vojvodina, Serbia. Ex-member of the companies: “Central-Europa Dance Theater” (HU) and “En-Knap Group” (SLO). He studied at the “High-school of Folk Arts” and the “Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy”, in Budapest. Among other teachers, dancers, directors and choreographers, he worked with David Zambrano, Anton Lachky, Milan Tomašik, Simone Sandroni. His work as a choreographer includes the interdisciplinary, site-specific performance “Revive the Castle”, and the performances “New Age Gypsies” and “The bridge”, which was premiered in Volksroom, Brussels in November 2013. Gyula is currently developing a new work “Chameleon”. Since 2013 Gyula collaborates with the Geneva based Compagnie József Trefeli. With the performances “JINX 103”, “Creature” and “UP”, they have toured extensively in Africa, Asia, America and Europe.

The performance evening starts at 21:30 on Saturday the 5th of August at Palaia Anaktora
Free Admission

photo credits: Gregory Batardon