The Slumberland, 2021
Inspired by cartoon Little Nemo in Slumberland by Winsor McCay dance performance for children and adults

A dance performance The Slumberland is based on the comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland by Winsor McCay, a graphic masterpiece of dreams and fantasy, which appeared weekly in the New York Herald from 1905 until 1911. It featured a little boy's fantastic dreams created in Art Nouveau style.
Little Nemo sets out on an adventure to the Slumberland "where he meets unforgettable characters, magical joys, fears, dangers, monsters, and princesses, all in the landscape of unimaginable beauty and greatness" (Richard Marshall).
One of the most tangible elements of McCay's comic strip and its drawing is an overgrowth and mannerist contours that drive the entire Nemo's fairytale world up under the clouds. Thus, the legs of animals and birds are growing, his bed is growing and galloping, the houses are growing, and the arms and legs of Nemo's friends, too. Only Nemo remains tiny or giant in the whirlwind of adventures and mystical events. The whole is framed by an almost Gothic touch of the blossoming of the world and the light with long milky shadows that is emblematic of the style of the Art Nouveau period. The happening on stage is structured in transient and instantaneous changes of scenes and moods. The social note of the comic strip and the narrative is related to the time of its origins: Little Nemo is often hungry, freezing, tired, and helpless - he wakes up from his dreams in a hundred and one ways: he mostly falls out of his bed or is shaken by the large loving hands.

The project SLEEP, 2019-2021 is a trilogy delving into the theme of daydream(ing) and sleep(ing). The initial project of the trilogy, Sleep | forms, landscapes, creatures (2019), placed at the centre a body in art between wakefulness and dreams. It is followed by the second unit of the trilogy, a dance performance for children and adults entitled The Slumberland (2020) based on the comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland by Winsor McCay. The trilogy is concluded with a dance performance Architecture of Dreams, III. (2021).