"Let's envision a world where there is only one ideal to follow, one value, one truth. What if this truth is love?”
In Dictatorship of love Sandra Kramerová questions how ideals can become oppressive.
How can commitment, effort and love turn into a dictatorship?
Fascinated by this tension of surrendering to a greater whole and preserving individual freedom, we follow a group of female dancers in their search for power in a crowd. We see women empowered and surrendered, torn between propaganda and protest, freedom and oppression, love and survival.
"During Dictatorship of Love Sandra Kramerová succeeds in arousing the suggestion of a mass choreography ★★★★
The Love clearly splashes from the motor skills, smiles and proudly raised chins."
- Annette Embrechts, Volkskrant
“Sandra is very interested in how things don't seem oppressive at first, but end up being oppressive, especially in this day and age. According to her, in social behavior there is always the question of whether people are happy to do something or whether they are actually forced to do it. So Sandra wants to show that the concept of freedom is not that simple. Sometimes you choose to stay somewhere because it means more freedom than if you left.
According to Sandra, the big question is whether the dancers are really happy to do this. They are going through something challenging, but for what? Is it worth the pain and effort? The ending seems positive, but there is a deeper layer of oppression underneath.''
"Sandra’s work is a bright light, a searing, physicalization of our contradictory lives."
- David Neumann, choreographer, director and performer
"Amazing how Sandra Kramerová conjures up all those socialist gender roles ★★★★
Her consistent performance in the minimal decor of the solo performance 'Majka' is impressive."
"In the gripping choreography Majka, Sandra Kramerová goes in search of the 'ideal' manifestation of women in 1970s Czechoslovakia. The result is a direct confrontation with universal archetypes." - Karima Aissaoui, Theaterkrant
"Creating a character that makes you feel really involved as an audience, that's what dance maker Sandra Kramerová is very good at. Her solo performance Majka drags me along from the start. But it is precisely because she performs her choreography so strongly that I am left with the feeling that I am missing something. That is a wonderful experience." - Maarten Baanders, Cultuurpers
"In Majka the Slovak choreographer Sandra Kramerová gives a powerful twist to images of women from commercials and political propaganda."
"Kramerová is now alone on stage, but thanks to a strong team in the wings, decor, video, light and sound form a convincing synthesis."
“Sandra dances history, she celebrates survival, she is the winner. But a winner of history never forgets the fight, that's what Sandra tells us in her dance: the history that has not crushed us. ”
- Mira Feticu, writer and columnist
“Sandra knows how to move me as a spectator with her powerful and energetic body language. She knows how to translate her personal motivation and inspiration into performances that carry a universal layer and thus tells stories that touch them. Her Eastern European heritage is tangible and guiding for her work and transcends cultural and social norms through dance performances and shows a wealth of human beings. ”
- Igor Vrebac, Bosnian / Dutch theater maker