ZeroPlus DanceWorks: Augmented spaces


We are born as humans, so there are things to experience, think about and feel.
We face new things from day to day and continue learning. Sometimes we wander and sometimes we stop. Do hardships we encounter on our way living in a foreign country change us and can real trust be born?

During the creation, the Hungarian choreographer and the Japanese dancer revealed the common values and tried to create the fusion of the two cultures on the basis of universal human needs.

Performer: Ayumi Toyabe (JP)

Director: Gyula Berger

Choreography/Movements: Gyula Berger and Ayumi Toyabe (JP)

Visual (set, costumes) consultants:György Árvai, Edit Szűcs

Mask: Malvina Antal

Lighting: Géza Budai

Music: De Natura Sonorum (Bernard Parmegiani)

Support:National Cultural Fund of Hungary, L1 Association, Workshop Foundation / workspacebrussels / Ultima Vez (Life Long Burning Wild Cards program)





Additional information


Ayumi Toyabe - Performer

Ayumi Toyabe is from Tokyo, Japan. She has trained and performed both nationally and internationally, including ZeroPlus Contemporary Dance Training Program in Budapest, Hungary (2016-2017), professional contemporary and ballet training at Art Factory International in Bologna, Italy (2015-2016). In 2015, she completed the 3 years professional diploma program in Ballett-Akademie Fürth (Germany). She started her ballet training and performing in 2005 (Japan) under the artistic direction of Michiko Aoyama. Among others she participated in workshops of Atsushi Takenouchi, Carlos Rodero, Eszter Gál, and she performed in the works of Liesel Zink, Heléna Hrotkó, Volkhard Samuel Guist and Gyula Berger, in solo and group choreographies.

Gyula Berger - Director

Gyula Berger is a choreographer from Budapest and one of the founding members of the contemporary dance scene in Hungary – making work for the past 34 years. After 10 years of dance training with renowned teachers, he entered the Hungarian dance scene as a choreographer in 1984 with the Berger Dance Company. In 1993 he moved to The Netherlands and studied post-modern dance at the European Dance Development Center, Arnhem for 4 years. After returning to Hungary in 1997 he continued teaching and choreographing while also participating in international collaborations. The formations have changed over time (Gyula Berger and Friends Dance Theater, L1 Independent Dancers’ Partnership,  Zero Ballet), creation and teaching remained uninterrupted. Currently he is running ZeroPlusz DanceWorks (education and creation) in Jurányi Production House.

ZeroPlus DanceWorks – a place to create and to learn

ZéróPlusz Dance Works, which has been operating since 2010, seeks to combine the eastern and western traditions in its philosophy of art and education and in its creative methods.

The concept of ZERO, as history records, was India's contribution to the world. For the hindu sages zero was not merely a number, but the origin of the world, “seed”, that gives birth to everything. Its first notation was a simple dot: ·

In the name of the studio the word zero refers to our intention to start from the mysterious centre, as zero is the place for transformation: it is the place where negative numbers turn into positive, night turns into day, virtual becomes real. Thus zero also becomes the symbol of the creating process, since in this process we attempt to reveal something that was so far hidden, we aspire to make a bridge between spiritual and corporeal.