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.


Original idea and choreography : József Trefeli, Gábor Varga
Dance : József Trefeli, Gábor Varga ou Gyula Cserepes
Music : Frédérique Jarabo
Masks : Christophe Kiss
Costumes : Kata Tóth
Photo : Gregory Batardon
Specialist in traditional Hungarian dance : Kristóf Fundák
Administration : Laure Chapel, Paquis Production
Diffusion : Lilla Eredics


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,Genève CH; Le CND, un centre d’art pour la danse, Pantin FR; Arsenic – centre d’art scénique contemporain - Lausanne CH; Kaserne Basel CH; CCN - Ballet de Lorraine, Nancy FR; Migrations, Pays de Galles 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




4 Oct 2018, Diversia Festival, Kostroma RUS, 1 performance

26-27 Sept 2018, Pathos Münich, D, 2 performances

14 Sept 2018, Festival le Chainon manquant, Laval, FR, 1 performance

6 Sept 2018, ITAK Regional Dance Center of East Finland, FL, 1 performance

7-8 June 2018 Rencontres Internationales Chorégraphiques de Seine Saint Denis Paris, 3 performances

18 May 2018, Maastricht, NL, 1 performance

7 February 2018, Festival Régions en Scène, Annecy FR, 1 performance

2 November 2017 Usine à Gaz, Nyon CH, 1 performance

27 October 2017 CODA Festival, Oslo NO, 1 performance

10 September 2017 CCP Le Stand, Moutier CH, 1 performance

30 June 2017 Inteatro Festival, Polverigi IT, 1 performance

6 May 2017 Fête de la Danse Théâtre Les Halles de Sierre CH, 1 performance

17-19 March 2017 Dance Massive Melbourne AU, 3 performances

15 March 2017 Critical Path, Sydney AU, 1 performance

24, 25 February 2017 Dampfzentrale Berne CH, 2 performances

2, 3 February 2017 Journées de Danse Contemporaine Suisse, Genève CH, 2 performances

10, 11 September 2016 Young ID Festival Zug CH, 2 performances

2 July 2016 Festival Format, Jaujac Ardèche FR, 1 performance

22, 23 June 2016 Le CND, Pantin au Théâtre National de Chaillot FR, 2 shows

4, 5 June 2016 Tanztage Fabrik Theater Potsdam D, 2 performances performances

28, 29 May 2016 Festival ExtraPôle, Strasbourg FR, 2 performances

15 May 2016 Fête de la Danse, Kaserne Basel CH, 2 performances

14 May 2016 Fête de la Danse, éviDanse St Imier Jura CH, 1 performance

10-12 May 2016 Arsenic - Lausanne CH, 4 performances

4 April 2016 CCN Rillieux-la-Pape, 2 performances

19 March 2016 Musée d'Ethnographie de Genève MEG CH, 1 performances

27 February 2016 Festival Into the Fields Theater im Ballsaal, Bonn D, 1 performances

28-29 October 2015 ADN Neuchâtel CH, 2 performances

28 October – 10 novembre 2015 ADC Genève, 10 performances

9-10 October 2015 Beirut Street Festival, Lebanon, 2 performances

20-22 August 2015 Zürcher Theater Spektakel Zürich CH, 3 performances