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On Sunday, 11 December, Muzeum Sztuki in  Łódź (ms?, ul. Więckowskiego 36) would like invite to two presentations of a solo piece What do you really miss? by Maria Zimpel (12 and 5 pm), which are held within the framework of an exhibition Moved Bodies. Choreographies of Modernity. The performance is characterized by a processual nature and engaged in the spatial context of the exhibition. In this piece, Maria Zimpel works with two limited movement patterns. These patterns unfold into a choreography through two interweaving processes: firstly, recognizing and paying close attention to an individual logic of a given gesture; and secondly, negotiating directions, rhythm and intensity while moving.



Maria Zimpel: When commencing my work on the solo in 2012, I asked myself  a question: ?What do you really miss??. Only two answers mattered to me: ?nothing? or ?I don?t miss anything?. The question ?What do you really miss?? is actually a question about absence. An empty space does not need to be filled in, it can rather become the very source of creation.  I examine the potentiality of space, draw directions with movements, whereas the rhythm of change and repetition intensifies the body. Here, the body is continuously being stretched between steps forward and backward, between surrendering to gravity and to elevation. Each direction, whether controlled horizontally or vertically, eventually bends in space.


Maria Zimpel ? a choreographer and a dancer. Her oeuvre is influenced by somatics and autobiographic abstraction and her works represent various forms of intensity creation. In her studies into the nature of movement, she explores the limits of physicality. She studied dance and choreography at HZT at the Universität der Künste in Berlin, as well as cultural studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, PL. In 2011, she defended her MA dissertation Practice of dance – moving space for self-creation, written under the supervision of Professor Grzegorz Dziamski. Maria?s approach to dance and choreography has been strongly influenced by the somatic practices and choreographic improvisation of Rosalind Crisp. Maria authored such works as Working like a dog (Imagetanz Festival 2011 in BrutWien Theatre), What do you really miss? (SoloProject 2012, Art Station Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk, Poznań 2012/Berlin 2013), s c a t t e r (FrivMove Zamek/CK Zamek, Poznań 2014), ?noish~?(2014 PERFORMAT, Galeria Miejska ?Arsenał?/2015, Art Station Foundation, Poznań), Trio What do you really miss? (3),2 (Art Station Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk, Poznań 2015). As a dancer, Maria has worked mainly with Isabelle Schad, Rosalind Crisp and Kat Valastur. She currently lives and works in Warsaw.


choreography, dance: Maria Zimpel

costume: Katarzyna Bura_White Flag

production/premiere: Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk (2012/2013)

artistic supervision: Ria Higler Solo Projekt 2012

The 2016 production within the framework of the exhibition Moved Bodies. Choreographies of Modernity was made possible thanks to the involvement of Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź.

curator: Katarzyna Słoboda

The artist would like to express her thanks to Centrum w Ruchu (Centre in Motion) for providing a working studio in Warsaw.



About the Exhibition

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