Lukáš Bobalik (1994, Bardejov, SR)
is an independent movement artist working in Slovakia. He graduated from the Eva Jaczová Conservatory and the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava – modern dance. His research focuses on the connection between contemporary dance and sports, working with the object, the magical world of coaching and their adaptation to artistic creation. His aim is to point out urgent social and humanities topics, which are mostly publicly taboo, such as the burnout syndrome in the tennis-dance production "TIMEOUT BURNOUT". In his current research "I might end with it", he focuses on the phenomenon of long-term sustainable resources in the dance profession, which can sufficiently nurture the dancer and safely accompany him through his dance career. It is a concept of recycling – restoring resources, as a prevention against burnout, demotivation, and subsequent loss of trust in dance. The intention is to point out the importance of mental health, personal development as well as the pitfalls of the work of a freelancer, who often finds himself in difficult conditions of the so-called unestablished culture.
He considers especially important cooperations with artists and theorists across disciplines: Maja Hriešik, Zuzu Hudek, Jakub Mitrík, Peter Mazalan (TIMEOUT BURNOUT), Marta Poláková, Silvia Sviteková (Endless Shift), Yuri Korec (d-BODY-m), Neskorý zber (Vráskanie), Jaro Viňarský, Eva Priečková (collaboration on movement research "I might end with it"), the team of creators of LUSIJA, Lucia Holinová (Niveau stable), the team of creators of Millennial Magic Mirror, Sonja Pregrad, mimoOs + Z druhé strany (Diaries of touch), Soňa Ferienčíková and the team of creators (Ewerywhen II).
Within dance education, he explores the topic of physical performance with an emphasis on its variability. He likes confrontations that lead to a change in the dogmatic understanding of how we identify a trained and untrained body as well as dance – non-dance. He likes to discuss the possibilities of improving dance education in relation to current approaches and requirements in dance production. He also verbalizes the benefits of free creativity without an evaluation system, promotes a shared experience, somatic assignments, free improvisation and their application to dance techniques, or independently. Last but not least, in education he puts great emphasis on stimulating personal development and personal integrity. He currently works as a permanent teacher of modern and contemporary dance at SKDK in Topoľčany and as a guest lecturer of the educational concepts Telohra and Dancean. In 2019, he collaborated on the creation of educational material for dance teachers within the Danceana project, and also as a lecturer in the accredited education of Technique and Space under the guidance of Marta Poláková.