Of course, if you come to Ido's movement camp it is highly likely that you are quite comfortable meandering through the disciplines and playing with various movement practices.
However, no one was prepared for JOZEF FRUCEK's workshops - not the dancers, the capoeristas, the gymnastics, the acrobats, the breakdancers, the martial artists or the weightlifters. Nor were people such as Mieka, Derek and I, who have been using an interdisciplinary approach for a solid 4 years, and are used to combining various movement disciplines.
Jozef is a founding member of RootlessRoot. He graduated from the Academy of Music and Theater of Bratislava, completing his PhD Thesis in 2002.
During 2002-2005 Frucek was a member of Wim Vandekeybus’ Ultima Vez, creating Blush (stage and film versions) and, Sonic Boom. During 2005-2006 he collaborated with the Royal Flemish Theater in Brussels (KVS) on his own work.
In 2006 he and Linda Kapetanea formed RootlessRoot as a vehicle for their own productions, research and teaching (see below).
Together with Kapetanea, Frucek is developing the research program of Fighting Μonkey - an applied methodology of martial arts in the education of dancers, actors and movement practitioners. They regularly give workshops at international festivals and in vocational schools.
From 2006 - 2011 both Frucek and Kapetanea were on the teaching faculty at the Athens State School for Dance. Since 2012 Frucek is member of the teaching personnel of the University Ludwik Solski State Drama School of Krakow in Poland.
I have struggled for the words to describe what we are doing in Jozef's class. He strongly encouraged us not to think of what we are doing as "fighting." It seems rather to be a very aggressive and physical game of cat and mouse - think zen archer but a million times more physical and dynamic. I will leave it at that for now. I am off to our third session with Jozef.