Király & Žabková


To (be) follow(ed)

To (be) follow(ed) is a collaborative work of the Slovak multi-disciplinary artist Zuzana Zabkova and the Slovak musician and composer, Fero Kiraly. The duo creates a site-specific performance that puts the human body and music to a mutual dynamic relationship. This relationship becomes the impetus to analyze the idea of the relationship between the leader and the follower, their transformation in the context of the roles of the musician and the dancer within the performance piece. Human species have been always formed by relationships. Parent-child, teacher – student etc. These relationships may result in subjective positive or negative outcomes. Responsibility on both sides is the main parameter of the balance of this communication. The idea of the performance is based on the classical model where a musician is the leader and a dancer is the follower, which is based on the physical dominance of sonic to visual perception. In the performance of Zabkova and Kiraly these roles interchange and transform into different combinations. The performers create and undermine their own territorial boundaries that define the changing relationship during the performance. Their live performance is produced using open source software, DIY movement tracking sensors and various objects that are used as controllers and musical instruments. The used technology is able to track the movements of the dancer and transmit the data to the musician for real-time composition.

Zuzana Zabkova: performance
Fero Kiraly: music, coding, performance





BOTULUS is the duet by Fero Király & Zuzana Žabková further developing idea of their previous spontaneous performance in Gallery Soda, Bratislava in 2014. Originally a sonic-kinetic act set in a tent in the gallery yard, the performance is now set at Nástupište 1-12 in Topoľčany and in the context of V4 countries symposium connotes current topics of nomadism and exodus.

The name Botulus comes from Latin translation of the word „Sausage“, which has the same basis in all four languages used in V4 countries (kiełbasa, kolbász, klobása). Botulus can be a metaphor of inhabitants of V4 countries and Botulus exodus can be their hypothetical problem.




  • Coming back from where i go   /  SK / AT

  • 2016

  • Botulus Topoľčany  /  SK

  • 2015

  • To (be) follow(ed) Trenčín  /  SK

  • 2014

  • To (be) follow(ed) Santa Cruz, USA  /  USA

  • To (be) follow(ed) Santa Cruz, USA  /  USA

  • To (be) follow(ed) Santa Cruz, USA  /  USA

  • To (be) follow(ed) Santa Cruz  /  USA

  • To (be) follow(ed) Topoľčany  /  SK