Welcome to the website of the Compagnie József Trefeli

267 performances of four works touring in more than 100 cities of 31 countries.

József Trefeli and Gábor Varga will soon celebrate their 170th performance of JINX 103. It is with thanks that Cie József Trefeli recognises the enthusiasm of the programmers and audiences where the works have been performed.

CREATURE, UP, LIFT, JINX 103 - all available for touring...
For all touring performance dates please consult the page a genda


CREATURE, JINX 103, LIFT, UP : a hybrid multi option plan. Stand-alone pieces or co-existing components.

creature creature creature


original idea and choreography József Trefeli, Gábor Varga

dance József Trefeli, Gábor Varga or Gyula Cserepes
music Frédérique Jarabo
mask Christophe Kiss
costume Kata Tóth
photo Gregory Batardon
specialist in traditional Hungarian dance Kristóf Fundák
administration Laure Chapel Paquis Production
tour management and promotion Lilla Eredics

Gábor and József have an acute ability to analyse and reinvent traditional dance. The starting point for Creature are the accessories used in dances including sticks, whips, mask and costumes. The process is to deconstruct and recycle the traditional dances and accessories with a view to make it relevant to the audience of today. There's something wonderful about taking something that has already been used, ready to be thrown away, deconstructing and reconstructing it to serve a new purpose. It's not about fixing it, but making it function in a new context, giving it a different life. In their choreographic process Gábor and József commandeer the folklore to produce their own “fakelore” thus inventing an updated Creature.

funding: Département de la Culture of the City of Geneva, Prohelvetia, Loterie Romande, Schweizerische Interpretengenossenschaft SIG, Commune de Lancy

co-production and residency: ADC / association pour la danse contemporaine, ADC Studios, Geneva CH; Le CND, centre national de la danse, Pantin FR; Arsenic – centre d’art scénique contemporain -  Lausanne CH; Kaserne Basel CH; CCN - Ballet de Lorraine, Nancy FR; Migrations, Wales UK

residency: la Briqueterie CDC du Val-de-Marne FR; Tanzhaus Zurich CH

other partners: MEG Musée d'Ethnographie de Genève, CH; CCN Rillieux-la-Pape – director Yuval Pick, FR, Label Bobine Genève

a project in cooperation with the adc - Genève, ADN Neuchâtel, Arsenic Lausanne, Dampfzentrale Bern, éviDanse, Kaserne Basel, Festival Antigel Geneva and Zürcher Theater Spektakel Zürich, in the frame work of fonds des programmateurs / Reso - Réseau Danse Switzerland. With the financial assistance of  Pro Helvetia, Ernst Göhner Stiftung

with thanks to: Natacha Koutchoumov, Rudi van der Merwe, Réka Farkas, Annelies Adamo, Sally Corry, Jemma Turner, Laurent Junod, Institut Balassi – Hungarian Institute of Paris, Pannonia Danse Hongroise



" UP "

concept & choreography József Trefeli & Mike Winter in collaboration with the dancers

dance Leif Firnhaber, Gyula Cserepes, Dávid Mikó, Amaury Réot, Carl Staaf, Mike Winter and Kilian Haselbeck (alternative dancer)
music Charles Mugel
lights Laurent Junod
costume Toni Teixeira
photo Gregory Batardon
administration Cie József Trefeli, Paquis Production, Laure Chapel:  admin@jozseftrefeli.org
touring diffusion@jozseftrefeli.org

UP is an enigmatic state inspiring immediate enthusiasm. In this new choreography six amazing men dance a dynamic lifting vocabulary with raw energy to exhilarating result. UP presents an intelligent approach to altitude combining quirky efficiency and nonchalant spectacle. A choreographically well built, physically challenging and demanding contemporary dance performance that awakens the audience to the theme of elevating the spirit.  Using influences of male action and reaction, rhythm and risk and emphasising virtuosity and originality, UP promises a purely uplifting experience.  

- UP
Avant Premier 29 August 16:00 - Open Studio Performance Tanzmesse Tanzhaus NRW Studio 3, Dusseldorf, Germany

- UP Premier 1 - 12 October 2014  - Théâtre des Eaux Vives, ADC, Geneva, Switzerland

coproduction & residency : Association pour la Danse Contemporaine - adc Genève, Switzerland, Pôle Sud CDC Strasbourg, Théâtre du Marché aux Grains, Bouxwiller, France & SüdPol Luzern, Switzerland

résidence : Théâtre Sevelin 36 Lausanne, Switzerland

With the financial assistance of DC Département de la Culture of the city of Geneva, the Loterie Romande, Pro Helvetia, the 2014 SSA grant for choreographic creation and of the Swiss Dance Collection - video documentation prize.

A project in cooperation with the adc-Genève, Dampfzentrale Bern, Teatro Dimitri Verscio, éviDanse, Südpol Luzern, Théâtre du Passage Neuchâtel, Performa Festival Losone, Tanz in Winterthur, Rote Fabrik Zürich, Théâtre Sévelin 36 Lausanne in the frame work of fonds des programmateurs / Reso-Réseau Danse Switzerland. With the financial assistance of Pro Helvetia, Ernst Göhner Stiftung.

TRAILER - LIFT first stage of development towards UP, click here



" LIFT "

choreography József Trefeli, Mike Winter

dance József Trefeli, Amaury Réot, Carl Staff, Mike Winter
music Frédérique Jarabo

The choreography LIFT is a highly physical work essentially based on the adrenaline produced through a striking vocabulary of technically challenging yet perfectly executed choreographed lifts between the group of men. The emphasis on lifting as a principal movement theme is to signify a need for connection in order for certain things to function, an organised physical bonding of limbs and bodies arranged to make lifting possible. Thus it becomes established that through a connectivity of the shared idea and physicality the dancers can accomplish heights between them that would not be possible alone. ously opting instead for an aesthetic in the movement of efficiency, purity and nonchalant spectacle.


JINX 103 JINX 103 JINX 103

" JINX 103 " a dance performance for all original imaginable spaces

For other touring performance dates please consult the page “a genda”, here.

A dynamic duo between two male dancers who mix up rhythms and rituals with contemporary dance and body percussion to create a musical dance delight.

choreography József Trefeli, Gábor Varga
dance József Trefeli, Gábor Varga ou Gyula Cserepes
music Fred Jarabo

Jozsef Trefeli and Gabor Varga take a dance performance to a public space, exploring together the rhythms and rituals of life in a high energy, captivating performance.

This meeting of two male dancers connected by being from the Hungarian Diaspora, one born in Australia and the other in the USSR, brings them shoulder to shoulder as they delve into their common heritage. They come together in dance, the art form they share, even though it was learnt on opposite sides of the globe.

Through their common vocabulary of vibrant body percussion where even the most basic rhythms are extremely complex, with clapping and slapping, clicking and stamping, they create a breathtakingly energetic dance of lightning fast footwork, leg twisting and weaving, high kicks and turning jumps.

Why JINX 103? In many languages when two people accidentally say the same thing simultaneously, there is a word that must be quickly said to ward off bad luck: the French say “chips”, the English say “jinx” and the Hungarians say “103”.

JINX 103 TRAILER, cliquez ici

a hybrid multi option plan. Stand-alone pieces or co-existing components.

CREATURE 2 male dancers (35 minutes)
outdoors or indoors minimum technical requirements

JINX 103 2 male dancers (20 minutes)
outdoors or indoor minimum technical requirements

LIFT 4 male dancers (30 minutes)
outdoors or indoors minimum technical requirements

UP 6 male dancers (60 minutes)
in theatres

Constructing with the versatility of this range of components permits for the works to function as stand-alone pieces or to co-exist.

Cie József Trefeli is looking for performance opportunities in the 2017-2018 theatre season.


> come and browse the videos recently added to the sites ... more




© credit photos : Gregory Batardon | © graphicdesign: www.izart.eu | © cie jozsef trefeli