HE WHO ENTERS

Audiovisual artist Lea Petříková presents a series of three videos, all encompassing the NEO-MEDIEVALISM theme, bordering on contemporary expressive dance performance with added visual effects and a hint of storytteling. During viewing, they invoke a feeling that we're about to witness something ominous – but it never comes.
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The Knight’s Fee

The Knight’s Fee is a fight-dance of the knights who flip the world upside down so they could once again find their forgotten beasts within themselves. Rather than chevalerie, it’s a shaman-like dance of horses-staves, the reminiscence of bygone matches without winners. Apprehension. Can the weight of the world be counterbalanced? Only overturned.

The One Who’s Entering

The One Who’s Entering works with a fragmentary scene that feels like it has fallen out of a narrative about a few uncertain characters, perhaps from a knight novel, perhaps from a torn-out dream about the dexterous moves of fantastical figures on the edge between life and (in)digestion. He who enters constantly stays on the path of gestures, looks and emotions in order to, in the end, get lost within himself and his costume. The play goes on, timelessness lasts, only colours change. The video came to life in cooperation with costume designer Paulína Bočková.

Léal Souvenir

The Léal Souvenir video (from ‘the loyal souvenir’, a faithful memory) reinterprets the namesake painting of Jan van Eyck (1432), which it simultaneously connects to the so-called Hockney Theory. David Hockney claims that the history of painting underwent a realism twist thanks to technological progress after painters started using optical aids (camera obscura principle) to transfer (project) the objects onto the canvas. The video is a multilayered (self-)portrait with a reflection on the principles of film imaging in general and, at the same time, a silent meditation about stiffness, beauty and almost defective potentialities of portraits.

BIO / Lea Petříková graduated from the Center for Audiovisual Studies (CAS) at the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts, Prague (FAMU) and from the Supermedia Studio at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, Prague (UMPRUM). Since 2017, she has been a PhD Candidate at FAMU. Her work has been presented both in the gallery context and at film festivals. In 2015, Petříková was shortlisted in ESSL ART AWARD CEE and in 2014 in the Video Category of Talents Contemporaines 2013 organised by the Fondation Francois Schneider, France. Her projects have been supported by the Czech Film Fund twice (2018, 2020). Besides art practice, Petříková teaches at FAMU, publishes texts and also recently won an award dedicated to young researchers in humanities, Jacques Derrida Prize (2020), organised by the French Embassy in Prague.

IG: @leapetrik, web: www.leapetrikova.com

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CREDITS

The Knight’s Fee

Director / Lea Petříková @leapetrik

DoP, Editor / Jan Rousek @rousekjan

Actors, Choreography / Matyáš Ramba @matyasramba, Ondřej Sochůrek

Costume Design / Eleanor Toulavá 

Sound Design / Vojtěch Zavadil @studio.mr.wombat

Assistant Camera / Tomáš Roček @tomas_rocek

Production / Studio FAMU @famu_prague_official, CAS @cas_famu

 

The One Who’s Entering 

Director, Editor / Lea Petříková @leapetrik

DoP / Simon Todorov @simon_todorov_

Actors / Adam Vacula @adamvaculla, Jan Vont @jan.vont, Dominik Migač, Carlos Laué

Costume Design / Paulína Bočková @paulinabockova

Music / Tomáš Havlen @havlentomas

Sound Design / Vojtěch Zavadil @studio.mr.wombat

Production / Studio FAMU @famu_prague_official, CAS @cas_famu

 

Léal Souvenir

Director, Production Designer, Actor / Lea Petříková @leapetrik

DoP, Editor / Jan Rousek @rousekjan

Production / UMPRUM @umprum_praha

 

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