Today at 7 pm Maciej Kuźmińskiis showing his Room 40at the National Theatre in Belgrade. The piece features students of the Dance Theatre Department in Bytom (Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Cracow): Daniela Komędera (soloist), Anna Kamińska, Dominika Wiak, and Katarzyna Pawłowska. A week later the work will be presented in Lublin, where the choreographer will also run workshops on the Dynamic Phrasing technique conceived by him and on composition. Preceding the presentation of Room 40, the choreographer will premiere his solo titledMaciej Kuźmińskiin Lublin (21 March). Both pieces will be then shown in the course of April and June in Bytom, Zduńska Wola, Wrocław and Hannover.
About the pieces:
The work features various images, seemingly unrelated scenes, which prompt the viewer to shift between complete concentration on what’s happening on stage to self-reflection, while the performers shift between hardly invisible muscle spasms to virtuoso choreographic sets executed with full attention and awareness. Totally exhausted dancers take a specific test of endurance. There is also a role for the audience to play: they too have the right to act.
Choreography: Maciej Kuźmiński
Dramaturgy and visual design: Adam Hypki
Dance: Daniela Komędera (soloist), Anna Kamińska, Dominika Wiak, Katarzyna Pawłowska.
Music: Four Last Songsby Richard Strauss performed by the Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig directed by Kurt Masur, soprano by Jessye Norman Straussa
The roles of viewer, dancer and choreographer are just a matter of convention: in contemporary dance they are often shared by the three of them, as ValeriePreston-Dunlop claims. Maciej reflects on this by locating his performance in a specific configuration, with the audience being able to shift their perspective a great degree. This improvised work also explores the history of movement training inscribed in a dancer’s body in the process of education. Facing an empty stage, the dancer has to face up to his or her habits and mannerisms, revealing the limits of his/her capabilities to the audience and to him/herself as well. Maciej Kuźmiński is a process naturally incorporating engagement and boredom, spontaneity and exhaustion, self-awareness and group awareness.
Maciej Kuźmiński – A Solo
Dance and concept: Maciej Kuźmiński
Duration: 30 minutes
Find out more about the artist:www.maciejkuzminski.com
The tour’s schedule:
15 March – Belgrade, National Theatre, 7 pm:Room 40
21 March – Lublin, Centre for Culture, 6 pm:Maciej Kuźmiński
22 March – Lublin, Centre for Culture, 6:45 pm: Room 40
4 and 5 April – Bytom, Dance Theatre Department of the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Cracow: Maciej Kuźmińskiat 6 pm and Room 40at 6:45 pm
26 April – Zduńska Wola, Municipal Culture Centre, 6 pm:Maciej Kuźmiński
15 June – Wrocław, Centrum Inicjatyw Artystycznych – Centre of Artistic Initiatives (time tbc):Maciej Kuźmiński
26, 27 and 28 June – Hannover, Tanzhaus im Ahrbergviertel (time tbc): Room 40