Basse Danse

Basse danse is a dance card, a strict schedule of music and movements. Basse danse is a space in between - in between theatre and an abandoned place. Basse danse is that very fraction of time in which you allow yourself to shift from one reality to the other. In between freedom and constraint, superfluity and necessity, fiction and truth, in between peacefulness and restlessness, the emotional and the reserved. Basse danse portrays constant changes destined to always stay the same. A shifted harmony, lightning with almost no thunder, a place of opposition where noise goes arm in arm together with the glory of renaissance music. Basse danse is a dance piece beyond conceptualism and the post modern. Basse danse is merely a dance card with a strict schedule of music and movements.

The performance leans on the music of 15th century Europe. Basse danse was the most common court dance of the century, building on down-to-the-ground, light, graceful treads. The frame of the performance is determined by the musical style and by the structure of the movements. Music of the era serves for creating harmony, passing time, entertainment and dancing; making existence feel elevated, weightless and elegant.

The organizing principle of the choreography is unpredictability; the concourse of muscles and reflexes. Community develops from exalted soli, simultaneous movements get synced. The disintegrated elements of the movement form new shapes. The mental state resulting from physicality and its impact on the movement in return loop the choreography into infinity.


Hodworks was founded by Adrienn Hód in 2007. Next to its permanent members the company regularly invites artists from different feilds of art. The company’s work is based on a method invented by Adrienn Hód which focuses on the creation of new forms and dramaturgical principles. Hodworks creats both site-specific actions and dance performances presented in theatres.

ADRIENN HÓD, a Hungarian-born choreographer, is known for her radical approaches to bodies, space, experimental music and the interrelation of these – including the audience. During her formal education she acquired a wide array of movement styles and theatrical approaches, which allow her to focus her attention on her dancers and the deconstruction/reconstruction of their own, proper movements. She constantly seeks new angles to investigate the infinite variety of ways bodies can move on stage and the immediate effects they evoke in an audience. Hód tends to turn things around, as it were, and constantly re-interpret what she sees during the rehearsal period. Her creations endeavour to cave into what is ‘really’ going on in her dancers and to connect that very thing with the audience, often filled with playfullness and self-reflecting humour. She likes staging her works in spaces with no stage design. As she puts it: “Minimalism to the core. To me, bodies and voices will fill any space. Pure nothingness pulls me in. The void carries the inspiration to which my soul responds.”

Graduated from Budapest Dance School in 1993. Soon after she founded OFF Company (1995-2007). Since then she continuously creates perfromances in theatres as well as site-specific actions. She got a scholarship in the Research to the Unknown series organised by Workshop Foundation in 2007. In 2008 she participated in the hungarian-american artistic programme Meeting Points. Beside creation she continuously teaches contemporary technique, improvisation and composition. Since 2005 permanent teacher at Budapest Dance Academy. As a dancer she performs in the works of Márta Ladjánszki. Since 2007 she calls her company HODWORKS and has been nominated for Laban Rudolf Prize four times in the past 5 years.

choreography: Adrienn Hód dancers: Emese Cuhorka, Júlia Garai, Marco Torrice, Csaba Molnár live music, voice: Zoltán Mizsei dramaturgy: Ildikó Végh scenography: Rózsa Sebő costumes: Kati Imre / Artista Studio light design: Bas Berensen
co-produced by: Grand Theatre Groningen
supported by: Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources, National Cultural Fund, Tempus Public Foundation (EU Lifelong Learning Programme), New Performing Arts Foundation, Off Foundation, Workshop Foundation, Municipality of Budapest, L1 Dance Works, Gödör Club, Tanzfabrik-Berlin, Radialsystem-Berlin
special thanks to: Júlia Hadi, Susanne Martin, Petra Péter, András Juhász, Ármin Székely-Szabó, Ádám Czirák, Csanád Pávai

On 21 March, 2012, Basse danse received the Rudolf Laban Prize as the most outstanding contemporary dance performance of the season in Hungary.

Guest apprarance within Import-Export International Programme by EN-KNAP Productions that brings acclaimed productions from international contemporary art to Španski Borci Cultural Centre, Ljubljana, and within the Spring Edition of Plesna Vesna Festival.

On 15. September in Španski Borci Cultural Centre, Ljubljana.