The Residency/Premiere project has organised as part of the Gdańsk Dance Festival since 2009. 28 pieces have been presented within the scope of the project: some of them have seen over 30 presentations in Poland and abroad. Each residency brought about new experience and artistic relations.
From February to June 2017, Gdańsk?s Club Żak will produce five projects. Selected dancers will receive funding to realize their project proposals, ranging from PLN 3,000 for solo pieces through PLN 15,000 for ensemble pieces, as well as technical assistance (acoustics and lighting personnel), pre-premiere publicity, a chance to use the club?s rehearsal space, and two-to-three weeks of supervision from a team of coaches: Ayrin Ersöz, Anna Piotrowska and Mark Vanrunxt. The project is subsidized by the City of Gdańsk.
This year?s edition of the Residency/Premiere programme features 37 project proposals (10 solos, 14 duos, 5 trios, and 8 ensemble pieces).
The commission, made up by Agnieszka Fortenbach (theatre curator), Maria Miotk (theatre curator), and Magdalena Renk-Grabowska (director of Klub Żak), qualified the following projects for the programme:
Residency with Mark Vanrunxt:
Obieg człowieka w przyrodzie [Human Circulation in Nature]: Natalia Rytelewska-Chilczuk
I goI?deepe/andence: Daniela Komędera and Dmytro Grynov
The premiere performances will take place on 26 February 2017.
Residency with Ayrin Ersöz:
Singulare tantum: Eryk Makohon, Katarzyna Pawłowska and Paweł Łyskawa (Krakow Dance Theatre)
The premiere performance will take on 30 April 2017.
Residency with Anna Piotrowska:
A co gdyby [What if]: Magdalena Laudańska, Kalina Porazińska, Bartosz Ostrowski and Sebastian Piotrowicz
Świadomość nieświadomość [Consciousness Unconsciousness]: Albert Ciastek, Laura Baulenas, Liwia Bargieł, Marta Kosieradzka, Małgorzata Piastowska and Tomasz Ciesielski.
The premiere performances will take place on 2 June 2017.
About the winners:
Natalia Rytelewska-Chilczuk is a student of the Aleksander Zelwerowicz Theatre Academy in Warsaw and a graduate of the Inter-Faculty Environmental Studies and Cultural Studies at the University of Warsaw. Her works focus on the links between the environment and culture. A participant of the Creative Site Specific Dance and Performance online course, she has honed her dance skills at ballet schools in Gdańsk and Warsaw, as well as at the International Contemporary Dance Conferences and Dance Art Festivals in Bytom (workshops with Jacek Łumiński, Slava Krichmariev, Victoria Fox, and other pedagogues).
Daniela Komędera ? as a student, she danced in Jacek Łumiński?s pieces (Kocham tylko i wyłącznie całym sercem nie-rozłącznie Magdalenę [I love Magdalena only, with my whole heart, never apart from Magdalena] (diploma piece)) and with the Lublin Dance Theatre (The Rite of Spring), and co-created Heimsuchung/Nawiedzenie in Munich (awarded the Marshall of the Silesian Province prize) and Zrabowali mi składaka [They Stole My Folding Bike] at the residency in Gdańsk?s Klub Żak (Rezydencja/Premiera 2014), presented at Festival Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, among others. She danced in Maciej Kuźmiński?s Room 40, awarded the audience prize at the Polish Dance Platform, as well as in Różnica i Powtórzenie [Difference and Repetition]. She collaborates with the Amareya Theatre and the Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre. She was awarded scholarships from the Ministry of Science and higher Education and the Mayor of Bielsko-Biała.
Dmytro Grynov has danced with Polish, Russian and Ukrainian companies; he is also active as an independent performer. In the recent years, he has collaborated with dancers and choreographers linked to such companies and institutions as the Batsheva Dance Company, Gothenburg Operans Danskompani, Ultima Vez, Korzo, including Erez Zohar Yaniv Abraham, Guy Shomroni, Jim de Block, Jasper van Luijk, Zebastian Mente Maligna. He has also studied Dutch pantomime, physical theatre, Countertechnique?, acting, ballet and contemporary dance styles. His pedagogues include the former dancers of the Nederlands Dans Theater (Ivan Perez Joerri DUBB, Marina Mascarell, Sarah Murphy, Karolina Mancuso).
Eryk Makohon is the founder, director and choreographer of the Krakow Dance Theatre. A lecturer at the Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Cracow ? Dance Theatre Department in Bytom, he has created over thirty pieces. He is the author of numerous educational and artistic projects. A graduate of elementary and secondary music school, he holds an M.Sc. in architecture from the Warsaw University of Technology, and M.A. in dance theory from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.
Katarzyna Pawłowska graduated from the Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Cracow ? Dance Theatre Department in Bytom. She currently dances with the Krakow Dance Theatre. Her collaborations in the recent years include such projects as the Cracow Dance Connection, the Polish-Israeli Miss me (which premiered in Tel Aviv) and 1725 m n.p.m. produced as part of the BesKitu project, presented in collaboration with the Institute of Music and Dance within the frame of the Stage for Dance 2016 programme. A dancer in Maciej Kuźmiński?s Room 40, she teaches contemporary dance, among others at the Krakow Dance Theatre.
Paweł Łyskawa graduated from the Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Cracow ? Dance Theatre Department in Bytom. A dancer and leader of the Krakow Dance Theatre, he is the author of numerous artistic and educational projects. His dancing collaborations include Eryk Makohon, Idan Cohen,Anna Konjetzky, Ole Meland, Jerzy Stuhr, Jan Peszek, Henryk Kaalund, and many others. He teaches contemporary dance and stage expression at the Krakow Dance Theatre, where he also directs his own pieces.
Magdalena Laudańska is a dancer. She graduated from the Secondary Ballet School in Gdańsk and the Codarts ? Rotterdam Dance Academy. Her collaborations include choreographers Jiri Kylian, Michael Schumacher, Guy Weizmann, Roni Haver, Jan Martens, Cora Bos-Kroese and Aurelie Cayla, as well as William Forsythe?s dancers, and many others. In the 2015/16 season she worked with Konzert Theater Bern in Switzerland, where she performed in full-scale pieces. A participant in a number of workshops with the world?s leading choreographers, she took part in the Nederlands Dans Theater Summer Intensive Course. Since March 2016, she has dance with the Baltic Dance Theatre. She has recently begun a collaboration with the Sopot Dance Theatre.
Kalina Porazińska is a dancer, instructor, choreographer and coordinator of international dance trainings developed by the Foundation for the Development of the Educational System (FRSE). She currently collaborates with the Sopot Dance Theatre, where she has choreographed five pieces since 2014, and premiered her solo piece Jak uprawiać, żeby wyszło directed by Joanna Czajkowska (2016). She holds regular classes and workshops in contemporary and jazz dance techniques in Poland and abroad. A participant in a numerous courses for dancers and choreographers with Witold Jurewicz, Iwona Olszowska, Igor Podsiadły, Jozef Frucek & Linda Kapetanea, David Zambrano, Peter Jasko, Rakesh Sukesh, and Francisco Córdova, she performed at the Deltebre Dans 2016 festival under Roberto Olivan.
Bartosz Ostrowski is an actor, dancer and choreographer, graduate of the Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Cracow ? Dance Theatre Department in Bytom, member of the Warsaw Dance Department studio and the dotcompany collective. His latest performances include Sławek Krawczyński and Anna Godowska?s Bataille: the dawn of new days (Art Stations Foundation/Old Brewery New Dance, 2016), and the collaboration on the performative installation Individual Concert at Pracownia Duży Pokój in Warsaw. He regularly collaborates with Wiktor Rubin, Maja Kleczewska, Irad Mazliah and Cezary Tomaszewski. He has participated in a number of contemporary dance techniques trainings with Ivo Dimchev, Iwona Olszowska, Dawid Lorenc, David Zambrano, Alex Baczyński-Jenkins and Maciej Kuźmiński.
Sebastian Piotrowicz graduated from the Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw and from the Codarts ? Rotterdam Dance Academy. He began his dance education at the age of 7 as a tournament dancer; he is a multiple World and European champion with the International Dance Organization. An active artist for many years, he has performed in theatres in Poland and abroad (including the Nanine Linning Dance Company and the Caro Dance Theatre), as well as on television shows (You can dance ? Po prostu tańcz, Poland?s Got Talent, Your Face Sounds Familiar). He shares his knowledge and skills in numerous jazz and contemporary dance trainings. His collaborations include such choreographers as Regina van Berkel, Stephen Shopshire, Amancio Gonzalez and Jone San Martin (Forsythe Company), Nanie Linning, Thierry Verger, Travis Pain, Genevieve Dorion-Coupal.
Albert Ciastek deals in dance art: she creates choreographies, dances in various projects, teaches contemporary dance, improvisation and contact improvisation. She is fascinated in the gist of humanity, human mind and emotions. He seeks answers to the following question: what factors influence the changes in the lives of individuals? His works include Loneliness (documentary on solitude), 6th Element and Taniec i Ja [Dance and Me]. His collaborations as a dancer include such theatres and choreographers as the DanceMix Theatre in the Hague, the Capitol Music Theatre in Wrocław, the Bytom Dance and Movement Theatre ROZBARK, Zimmer Frei, and Liwia Bargieł.
Laura Marsal Baulenas graduated in contemporary dance from the University of Kent accredited by the London Contemporary Dance School (2013). She currently works with Cia Roberto G. Alonso, performing in Zaquizami and Almazuela. She is involved with the new project by Iron Skulls Co, and collaborates with the young company Kernel Dance Theatre. She holds dance workshops in classical and contemporary dance in Spain and Poland. She approaches dances as a means to express the surrounding environment, and continues to develop as an artist.
Liwia Bargieł is a dancer and choreographer; a graduate of London?s Trinity Laban, she is the author of choreographies to such theatre pieces as Ce bordel formidable/ extravaganza, Joanna Szalona. Królowa, Otello (directed by W. Raźniak), Opowiadanie Brazylijskie (directed by Marcin Hycnar), Demon Teatru, czyli mniejsza o to (directed by Andrzej Domalik). Since 2012, she has collaborated with the Aleksander Zelwerowicz Theatre Academy in Warsaw. She has danced in Carolin Finn?s Metamorphoses, Mikołaj Mikołajczyk?s Hommage a Tadeusz Kantor, Zimmer Frei?s Family Affair, Grzegorz Laszuk?s / Komuna//Warszawa?s Railroad Opera, and Guilherme Botelho?s Sideways Rain. Her artistic interests also gravitate towards interdisciplinary projects.
Tomek Ciesielski is a performer, dancer, researcher and dance manager, whose oeuvre combines these three activities. A member of the CHOREA Theatre Association since 2009, he has contributed to such projects as Antyk/Taniec w Re-Konstrukcji, Koguty, Borsuki i inne Kozły, Oratorium Dance Project. Since 2011, he has collaborated with the Danish company Granh?j Dans, with whom he co-created internationally performed pieces Men & Mahler and Rite of Spring Extended directed by Palle Granh?j. An author of original performances, including Sens-akcja, his works have been presented in Poland and the USA. He is the author of numerous publications (including Taneczny umysł. Teatr ruchu i tańca w perspektywie neurokognitywistycznej [The Dancing Mind: Movement and Dance Theatre from the Neuro-cognitive perspective], the sole thematic monograph on the subject in Poland (published by the Łódź University Press and the Institute of Music and Dance in 2014). He has participated in projects implemented in Poland, France and the UK, examining the possibilities of utilizing cognitive and neurological science in dance research.
Marta Kosieradzka graduated in printmaking from the European Academy of the Arts in Warsaw, and holds a degree in dance from the Artesis Dance Department of the Royal Concervatory in Antwerp. He collaborations include the fashion designer Juliette Bogers, visual artists Elena Bajo and Ben Cain (Wiels in Brussels), the poet Sabine Martens (Dance of the dead poet), the Vlaams Muziek Theater, and Mikołaj Mikołajczyk. She won the Warsaw Dance Platform 2016 choreographic competition with her solo The doubts and reflections of Eve. She is a teacher and choreographer in numerous schools, groups and organizations promoting dance in Belgium in Poland.
Małgorzata Piastowska is a dancer, yogini, pedagogue and contemporary dance choreographer. She has worked with the body since 2006, starting with modern dance and finding her niche in contemporary dance and yoga. Her main focus rests with the inextricable connections between the body, the mind, and emotions.
About the supervisors:
Ayrin Ersöz is a dancer, choreographer and scholar. Born in Bulgaria and based in Turkey, she is the head of the Dance Department at the Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul. She holds a Ph.D. degrees in dance criticism and directing, awarded by Istanbul University. She has performed with the CRR dance theatre and the Istanbul dance Theatre. Her choreographies have been presented in numerous theatres across Europe. She is also a published dance critic.
Anna Piotrowska is artistic director with the ROZBARK Theatre. A dancer, choreographer, stage director, theatre producer and contemporary dance teacher, she is the founder and chair of the board of the Eferete Dance Development Foundation, as well as the founder of ?mufmi? dance theatre (1995) in Warsaw. She has created over 90 original choreographies and stage productions. She has initiated and coordinated a range of Polish national and international educational and cultural Project. She is a recipient of the2015 ?Golden Mask? prize, awarded by the Silesian Province, for her contributions to arts, and for directing and choreographing for the Bytom Dance Theatre and the ROZBARK Movement.
Marc Vanrunxt is a dancer and choreographer. He explores the boundaries of dance and choreography, contemplating the capacities of the human body. His artistic vocabulary is rooted in the traditions of punk and abstract expressionism. Frequently invited as pedagogue and consultant, he has collaborated with the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp, P.A.R.T.S., Roya Petersa, Ann Van den Broek, Jan Martens, KASK, the Royal Academy for Fine Arts in Ghent, and many others.