Márta Ladjánszki

dancer, choreographer, teacher

member of L1 Association (2001-) and artistic vice president of L1 Association (2002-)


10 Questions – 10 Answers
Where would you like to wake up tomorrow morning?
I don’t think or contemplate about that. But sometimes I imagine being a small bird flying into an unknown house or place, and spend some time there, settling into someone else’s world. But only for a short while.

What was your greatest rebellion as a teenager?
I have rebelled, but I wouldn’t say fiercely. Smoking a cigarette may not count as rebellion anymore, but at that time it really freaked my mom out. I could listen to Depeche Mode on end, and also had the black clothes period (who didn’t?). Drugs and psychotic substances never attracted me, and when I was already dancing, I was especially uninterested in the art of people who had been creating under the influence of these. I prefer if an artist is capable of transforming and creating magic using his/her talent.

What would you do, if you wouldn’t be doing what you do now?
To answer this question, first I would have to define what I am doing now, because one activity cannot cover it all. Besides choreographing, performing and sometimes teaching, today I spend most of my time studying, organizing, gathering information and doing correspondence. If I could skip doing these, I might be even happier, because at times these tasks weigh heavily on me. Above all, I am doing all this in voluntary work, since as the artistic director of the NGO L1 Association; this is the only way to do it. If I wouldn’t be doing this, I would love to knit, sew, make DIY presents for Christmas and birthdays on time for my loved ones and if my time allows, for others as well.

What ’superficial’ things do you waste your time with?
Investing energy, work and time into things like cultural politics or people who fail to be correct.  

When and how do you get your best ideas?
It is very diverse. I can be inspired by a certain situation; for example this is how my solo Stretching Thighs was born: I was immersed in spilling hot water on my back and suddenly I saw this crooked figure sitting in the bathtub and I liked the picture a lot, so I started developing it in my imagination. The closeness of another person, my dancers, my musicians can inspire me as well. It inspires me if the people I am working with believe in me and offer partnership to me.

Which historical figure or fictive personality would you like to share a cup of coffee/tea or a glass of wine with?
I don’t really have idols, neither want to be all too attached to history or persons. But I would really love to have a talk with my maternal grandfather once, to be able to listen to him and get to know him better. He was a really good man; he could easily get into conversation with others, no matter if in intellectual or worker circles. But maybe it would be enough just to look into his eyes and hold his hand.

Which sense is the most important for you?
I can only say if I would lose any of them, I would miss it a lot. I like to taste things, I like to hear if people are talking to me, I like to touch objects and bodies, I like to see colours and landscapes.  I like to feel and perceive, even if it is painful at times, because it keeps reminding me how extraordinary it is not having to miss any of my senses.

Is there one fact about you, which would surprise others if they would know it?
I had my 41th birthday in February.

How do you see yourself in ten years?
I don’t even see myself in two years. Unfortunately I have to work under such circumstances and live in a country, where there is no distant future perspective. Therefore I can only say how I would like to see myself in ten years. I am surrounded by my family and we live in a balanced, healthy environment, our health only declines to be able to still find harmony and make plans. I would like to be acknowledged in my profession, I would love to continue supporting independent artists, who can use the protective attention and smaller or greater help. I would like to work only as much as its quality is still provided and my existence is also secured. I never wanted to save the world, neither personally, nor professionally, but I have always been interested in giving revolutionizing experiences to others. It would be best to still strive for these in ten years.

(January 2015)