Máté graduated at the Hungarian Dance Academy in 1999. After 3 years at the Szeged Contemporary Ballet he has worked at various European companies (CarteBlanche – Norway, Lanonima Imperial – Spain, Ultima Vez – Belgium). Amongst others he worked with Ohad Naharin, Sharon Eyal, Amanda Miller, Myriam Naisy and Wim Vandekeybus. After his long international career as a dancer he returned to Hungary in 2015. His own projects are produced in cooperation with SIN Arts Centre (Hinoki 2014, United Space of Ambivalence 2018, Mechanics of Distance 2019). He is choreographing also for various Hungarian companies, has a worldwide practice in giving workshops. His works were presented at ImPuls Tanz Festival Vienna (AU), Next Festival Kortrijk (BE), New Dance Festival Beijing (CHN), Summer Intensive Festival (PT), at.tension Festival (GER), Gdanski Fetiwal Tanca (PL), Győr International Dance Festival (HUN), Trafó House of Contemporary Arts Budapest (HUN).
Choreography and concept: Máté Mászáros
Creator-performers: Jenna Jalonen, Máté Mészáros, Zsófia Tamara Vadas
Music: Áron Porteleki
Consultant: Tamás Bakó
Producer: SÍN Arts Centre
The production was realized with the support of the Zoltán Imre Programme of the National Cultural Fund.
Premiered at the National Dance Theatre, Budapest, 26 May 2019
The choreography is part of the Aerowaves 2020 Spring Forward selection.
The show is a site specific choreography for three dancers and a musician to be performed in a roofed, open space, ie.: exhibition halls, lobbies, public space. The audience follow the performers in the space at a proximity of their choice. Each time it is performed, the piece is adapted to the specific space and location.
Mechanics of Distance focuses on positioning static and moving bodies in space, cramming matching and mismatched systems into it and examining the distance between bodies. To illustrate this problematics, the choreographer’s tool is to find the right gesture, the translation of abstraction to physical body.
The piece presents encounter-variations of bodies in space stimulating free interpretation. Episodic events drawn from social and personal contexts represent emotional, moral or intellectual situations.’… in Mészáros’ choreography the direct, tangible togetherness and closeness meet a more elevated, solemn dimension, and supplemented by a more political dimension with the aim of finding an answer to the question of how far the limits of dance can be extended, what potentials are underlying a specific, poorly exploited (infra) structure and what the endless dimensions are of experimentation, the open space waiting to be explored?
(Dorottya Albert, szinhaz.net)