4+4 Days in Motion Presents Contemporary Art, Dance Performances, Theater, and Concerts

Sixty contemporary artists, international performance ensembles, concerts, film screenings, workshops, guided tours, and a program and workshops for children – this is the twenty-seventh edition of the 4+4 Days in Motion international festival of contemporary art.

This year’s festival is held at Erpet Smíchov, the Archa Theater, and the Savarin Riding School. The festival runs until 16 October.

This year’s center of activity is the former Erpet Smíchov sports center and its surroundings, which is the site for much of the festival’s exhibition.

Curated by Gabriela Kotiková and Denisa Václavová, the exhibition presents works by artists such as Alena Kotzmannová, Anna Hulačová, Dominik Gajarský, Dominik Lang, Eva Koťátková, Hynek Alt, Jiří Černický, Jiří Thýn, Krištof Kintera, Laďa Gažiová, Markéta Othová, Pavla Sceranková, Josef Bolf, Rafani, Vasil Artamonov, and dozens of others.

“This year’s exhibition space is specific in that it is a former sports facility from the 1980s that includes an indoor golf training facility with grass, artificial trees, and so on. We nevertheless decided to work with this somewhat obscure venue, and most of the artists created site-specific pieces with this place in mind. I think that it will be a big surprise for visitors,” explains curator Gabriela Kotiková.

Jiří Sádlo will present a walking tour titled “From the Church in Zlíchov to Císařská Louka, the Imperial Meadow,” Adam Gebrian will discuss the architectural history of the Vltava shoreline on a boat cruise, and Kamila Lohrová and Tereza Vohryzková invite you on a guided tour about water. For a unique shopping experience, head over to the Nový Smíchov shopping mall to see Michał Sawiński’s performance The Dream in a Supermarket.

The Archa Theatre and Savarin Riding School will be hosting numerous renowned foreign projects, including Italy’s Motus and their performance of Tutto brucia, which was inspired by Euripides’s Trojan Women; British comic and artist Kim Noble’s Lullaby for Scavengers; Lavagem by Brazilian artist Alice Ripoll and Cia REC,  a group of artists from the ghetto; Canadian  choreographer Frédérick Gravel’s Fear and Greed; Continuum by Belgium’s Johannes Bellinkx; and Frame by Spain’s Eléctrico 28 performance ensemble. The opening reception of Ctibor Bachratý’s exhibition of photographs of Divadlo SkRAT at the Archa Theater features a concert by Slovak band Požoň Sentimental.

Every year, the festival also keeps younger visitors in mind. For children, we have The Little Mermaid by Divadlo B, Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Loutky bez hranic, family workshops, and our traditional creative workshops organized by Do You Have a Knack for Art? For a complete festival program and information about tickets or registration, see ctyridny.cz.

Festival venues:

  • Sportovní centrum Erpet Smíchov, Strakonická 4, Praha 5
  • Divadlo Archa Na Poříčí 1047/26, 110 00 Nové Město
  • Jízdárna Savarin V Cípu 1, Praha 1 – Nové Město
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