The 2nd VarSoVie Festival in Warsaw will welcome Grupa Koncentrat with their work-in-progress Piotruśi wilk. Reinterpretation. Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf is a creation exceptionally well fitting the definition of classic art given by Susan Sontag in Notes on Camp. It is beautiful, understandable, without subtexts, it does not call for expression other than the one included in the aesthetics and the style of the composition as well as the virtuosity of performance. In Peter and the Wolf. Reinterpretation, that narration is confronted with working methods and taste typical for contemporary art (deformation, reduction, casualness). Is the coexistence of the classical and the contemporary in one art piece possible, if all the attributes of the classical art are by its contemporary counterpart wholly negated?
Furthermore, in a broader context, art in general (classical, contemporary and camp) is in culture of today an isolated thread whose presumably main consumer ? the ordinary audience ? does not love, like or respect. Thus artists of all genres and streams of high art create for themselves, their producers and a narrow clique of connoisseurs/snobs, clumsily, yet heroically trying to convince everybody around that it makes sense. One can say that art per se, regardless if it is classical or contemporary, became an unwelcome narration, a narration of ?the other?. What will become of/remain after the clash of the two mutually exclusive artistic streams with the element of a common passer-by?
The piece will be shown twice, on 20 September at 4:30 pm and on 21 September at 2:45 pm (Warszawa Stadion train station).
Moreover, on 20 September at 8 pm, Bar Studio (Plac Defilad 1) will host a meeting on intercultural dialogue in public space, with Rafał Dziemidok, Ewa Garniec and participants of international choreographic workshops as guests.
Concept, choreography, direction: Rafal Dziemidok
Space, lights, costumes: Ewa Garniec
Musical adaptation: Oliver Schneller
Management: Marta Zientkowska
6 performers from Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine
Co-financing: City of Warsaw; SPACE: Supporting Performing Arts Circulation in Europe; Italian Cultural Institute
Admission to all events of Festival WarSoVie is free upon reservation on www.festivalwarsovie.org