L1danceFest 2020 ONLINE

Movement-based International Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts

19th annual edition organized by L1 Association in Budapest

September 1 – 5 2020


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Due to its focus on gathering independent artists the L1 Association could acutely detect the difficulties and challenges caused by the measurements during the recent pandemic. Even though online meetings and presence can not substitute live art on a long distance the L1 Association decided to help to keep artistic activities alive and to reach out to perhaps wider audiences by usage of established social media and video portals. With this in mind the program of the 19th L1danceFest is moving into the online space.


The international L1danceFest is organized for the 19th time in Budapest between September 1 – 5 2020, with its focus on contemporary performing arts (dance, dance theatre and other forms of performing arts).

L1 Association has been securing and proving for 19 years now that the presence of national and international contemporary and independent artists is vital to and constructive for the local dance scene.


When designing the programme of L1danceFest it is of utmost importance to include so-called OFF programmes (or accompanying events) thus emphasizing the festival‘s community building potential, its role in professional understanding, and in short its one-to-one, flesh and blood experience. Therefore, from the very beginning, various workshops, exhibitions, open discussions and other art forms have been characterizing the L1danceFest.

Besides many international artists it is as important as it was in the beginning to include works of local artists in the programme, with special focus on those of the members and resident artists of L1 Association. Due to current difficulties with international travel this year’s edition puts its focus mainly on Hungarian artists.


Now the festival consists of several main events like:

Tune-in / Warm-up;

Showcase programme with short pieces;


Interrogating the Body – sharings of practice as research – mini conference;

and ignOtion – game based artist talks.

All are open for both the non-professional and professional audience.


L1danceFest 2020 in numbers: 

14 performances – 1 exhibition and opening action – 10 volunteers 


How to support our activities?

Due to the current situation world-wide we decided to present the events of L1danceFest 2020 ONLINE and free of charge.

How can you help to continue our activities?

Please have some suggestions and feel free to add more if you feel inspired…

  • Join our online programme each night from 6.00 p.m. CET and Saturday September 5. already from 3.00 p.m. CET
  • Tell your friends about our programme; 
  • Be an active participant and join our conversations and sharings;
  • Write down and share your experiences with us and everyone else;
  • If you would like to support our work financially, then please use following bank account:

L1 Egyesület

MagNet Magyar Közösségi Bank


Account for HUF: 16200010-10069602

Iban HU69 1620 0010 1006 9602 0000 0000


Account for foreign currencies:  

Iban HU57 1620 0010 1008 7000 0000 0000



Main organizer: L1 Association

Artistic director, curator: Márta Ladjánszki (L1-member)

Host: Zsolt Varga (L1-member)

Moderator of Interrogating the Body – sharings of practice as research: Márta Ladjánszki (L1-member)

Art mediation designer and facilitator: Kinga Szemessy (L1 resident artist 2020)

Art mediation advisor: Luca Borsos

Translation: Zsolt Varga (L1-member)

Video, photo documentation: István Kovács (L1-member), Balázs Lajti, Syporca Whandal (L1-member)

Design: Anna Korolovszky


Main supporters: L1 Association, Ministry of Human Capacities (EMMI), National Cultural Fund (NKA) Dance Board


Hosting/cooperation venues/partners:

Bakelit M. A. C., MAMŰ Gallery, Workshop Foundation, ‘Egy Falu – Egy Város’ Association


Further supporters of the projects:

Be SpectACTive!, Creative Europe Programme, Summa Artium Cultural Support Private Fund, p’ARToló, ZéróPlus Dance Studio, Lithuanian Cultural Council, SkhyzoKhyno Studio, „Köszönjük, Magyarország!” program, Nástupiste 1-12 (SK), Slovak Art Council, Platform Cultural Association (HU), International Visegrad Fund (VARP-PA), orbita aspace, National Cultural Fund of Hungary Imre Zoltán Program Ideiglenes Kollégium, Sín Arts Center, Orkesztika Foundation – MOHA – Mozdulatművészek Háza, Kalahradaya – Universal Home of Art, Culture and Spirituality – Kalkutta, India, Brownhandfilm, HEG, The Dancing on the Edge Festival, John Robinson and Velocity Dance Centre, NaVKE, MASH


Media partners: CHB – Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, táncé, Táncművészet


The organizer reserves the right to make changes to the program.

More information: L1danceFest web-site / L1danceFest blog-site / L1 Association FB-site


L1danceFest 2020 – program

September 1 Tuesday

18.00 – 19.00 Tune-in / Warm-up  1 – Meanings and affects of words

19.00 – 20.00 ignOtion – game based artist talks 

DISCUSSIONS with the artists of L1danceFest 2020


September 2. Wednesday

18.00 – 19.00 Tune-in / Warm-up   2 – Empty while filled spaces

19.00 – 19.45 EXHIBITION Body’s Slim 5 a virtual introduction at MAMŰ Gallery

19.45 – 20.15 CONCERT Zsolt Varga and Guests


September 3. Thursday

18.00 – 19.00 Tune-in / Warm-up   3 – Mosaiques and metamorphoses

19.00 – 20.00 PREMIER SCREENINGS 1

performances of Helga Lázár, Gyula Berger, Lukas Karvelis (LT) and Syporca Whandal


September 4. Friday

18.00 – 19.00 Tune-in / Warm-up   4 – Set that spirit in stone

19.00 – 20.00 PREMIER SCREENINGS 2

performances of Flóra Veres, Emese Kovács and Piotr Mateusz Wach (PL)


September 5. Saturday

15.00 – 18.00 Interrogating the Body – sharings of practice as research

DISCUSSIONS about the BODY (mini conference)

Invited guest speakers: Pina Brutal (H/D), László Gálos (H), Vanessa Goodman (CAN)

–  prior online registration is needed – 

18.00 – 19.00 EXHIBITION Syporca Whandal Pataphysics – a portrait series of L1 artists

19.00 – 20.00 PREMIER SCREENINGS 3

performances of Vanessa Goodman (CAN), István Kovács and Márta Ladjánszki