As part of the 4th KRoki International Festival of Contemporary Dance Body Is (Not) Enough, Tomasz Bazan?s performance Solar Plexus will premiere on Tuesday 17 May at 7 pm: ?The body is a map. The body?s structure is a network of interconnected elements reflecting cosmic tissue. When you look at the sky map, you watch the constants and the variables of this atlas of movement. When you look at the body, you have the opportunity to observe a perfect machine, a highly specialised technology. Depending on the extent of observation, you have the possibility of capturing wide-ranging meanings and rules that set this biotechnological machine in motion. Carbon and protein compounds, amino acids. Gases and liquids that form a swarm of billions of planets, if only in our galactic. I return to Africa to the sources of my code.?
Tomasz Bazan: ?For about 10 years, my research on movement, dancing and the body has concentrated on the possibilities of extending their limits. I have been observing not only the capacities of muscles or tendons, but also of bones and veins, as well as lung efficiency, skin resistance, induction of energy resulting from strokes or blows received by body tissues. Stanisław Lem?s novel Solaris touches on the problems of the impossibility of understanding the Universe, the helplessness of science in the face of a different form of life, and the helplessness of people who cannot free themselves from the burden of their earthly body in the outer space. To my mind, Solaris may refer to the body which can never be totally understood, described or analysed; to the body which cannot be recorded in any kind of matrix; to the body which escapes all attempts of systematizing; to the body which changes. Memories collected in the form of movement receptors and memory components form together a Solar cytoplasmic ocean. It is the body?.
Concept and choreography, dancer: Tomasz Bazan
Music, sound: Marcin Janus, collaboration: Radosław Mirski
Duration: 50 min.
Tomasz Bazan ? dancer, director and choreographer. He established and curated seven editions of MAAT Festival, an international festival of experimental dance and movement. He graduated from the Culture Studies Department of the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, specializing in criticism and animation of works of fine arts. He studied dance in the broad sense under many prominent dancers and martial arts masters in Poland and abroad (meetings, workshops, conferences, internships, couching). He collaborates with major theatres, dancers, choreographers, dramatists and directors in Poland and abroad (including Renate Jett, Małgorzata Szczęśniak, Jacek Poniedziałek from Krzysztof Warlikowski?s Nowy Theatre, Centre for Theatre Practices Gardzienice founded by Włodzimierz Staniewski, Kunst Gillian Gallery in Berlin, Dance Art Now in London, the French Compagne le Sablier, Context Bodies from Tel Aviv, Polish National Opera ? Teatr Wielki Warsaw, Art Stations Foundation Old Brewery in Poznań, Provisorium Theatre, Nowy Theatre in Łódź, Dramatyczny Theatre in Warsaw, Rozmaitości Theatre in Warsaw, the Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw and others). Since 2012, he has been one of the closest collaborators of Krzysztof Garbaczewski. He danced in Everyman Jack of You and Forgiveness by Erik Ehn in the La MaMa Theatre in New York (in the Soulographie project). In Heaven of Stones Instead of Stars, a co-production of the Nowy Theatre in Warsaw and the Warsaw Uprising Museum, which premiered on 1 August 2013, Tomasz Bazan created the character of Wars and became one of the faces of the performance. He received a scholarship from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (2011, 2015). He is the individual performer in Locus Solus in the Berlin Volksbühne (2016). Bazan has realised a series of interdisciplinary projects including plays, happenings, collective installations, and performances delivered in many prestigious venues across Poland as well as abroad (Germany, United States, Norway, Ukraine, Belarus, France, Slovakia, Britain, Japan, Spain, Belgium, Israel), over time developing his original, immediately recognisable style.
Regular: 35 PLN (seats I), 25 PLN (seats II)
Discount: 20 PLN (seats I), 15 PLN (seats II)
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Bookings: tel. +48 12 424 45 25, +48 12 424 45 28
Festival organisers: Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Kraków ? Małopolski Ogród Sztuki
The Festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland.