On 6-7 June 2018, Kasia Wolińska and Przemek Kamiński will present their solo pieces, developed as part of Solo Project Plus 2017 (Old Brewery New Dance /Art Stations Foundation), at the Performing Arts Festival Berlin (Sophiensaele, Sophienstraße 18). Wolińska?s piece, Dance, pilgrim, dance [ I see America dancing], will be presented first, on Thursday, 6 June (6 pm). Wolińska tackles the obscure stories of modern dance and choreography and their ties to the Soviet Union and Marxist heritage. On 7 June, Przemek Kamiński will present his Pharmakon (it radiates) (6 pm), in which he created a series of vertical landscapes, in which a body irradiated by the colour moves between the visible and the imagined. The foreground and the background, as well as viewers’ fantasies, blend into each other, while the identity is negotiated along and across the surface of the screen.
Kasia Wolińska/ Art Stations Foundation
Dance, pilgrim, dance [I see America dancing]
Lenin himself applauded Duncan when she performed in Moscow?s Bolshoi Theatre to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the October Revolution. After she returned to the USA, the Soviets sent her a telegram: ??The Russian government alone can understand you. Come to us; we will make your school.? Isadora Duncan revolutionized the form of dance at the beginning of the 20th century and then went to Moscow to use her dancing body to campaign for the revolutionary ideas. ?The Revolutionary? was a choreography that must have ruined Duncan?s reputation back at home. The piece is a reconstruction and variation on three choreographies created by Isadora ca. 1923 in the USSR, aiming at investigation of the underexplored histories of modern dance and choreography particularly as they relate to reclaiming spectrum of the socialist and communist legacies.
Concept/ choreography: Kasia Wolińska (with part of original Isadora Duncan?s choreography)
Visuals/ video sculpture: Ashiq Khondker
Music: remix by Kasia Wolińska & Ashiq Khondker
Artistic Mentor: Guy Cools
Lights: Lukasz Kedzierski
Production: Art Stations Foundation
The performance was produced by the Art Stations Foundation by Grazyna Kulczyk in the frame of Solo Project Plus 2017.
Przemek Kamiński/Art Stations Foundation
Pharmakon (it radiates)
Blue screen is a post-production technique that allows image manipulation. By using an even, blue background, the camera-recorded action can be transferred to a completely different scenery. In his latest performance, Przemek Kamiński refers to the cultural history of the colour blue, approaching it through the prism of the ancient Greek term pharmakon, meaning medicine, poison, and something that must be sacrificed. The artist creates a series of vertical landscapes, in which a body irradiated by the colour moves between the visible and the imagined. The foreground and the background, as well as viewers’ fantasies, blend into each other, while the identity is negotiated along and across the surface of the screen.
choreography and performance: Przemek Kamiński
dramaturgical assistance: Mateusz Szymanówka
artistic coaching: Guy Cools
light design: Aleksandr Prowaliński
technical realization: Łukasz Kędzierski
production: Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk in the frame of Solo Project Plus 2017
For six days (5-10 June 2018), the Performing Arts Festival serves as a window to Berlins vital independent performing arts community! It takes place at more than 60 performance venues all over the city and presents working in every genre imaginable: from theatre to performance, puppet theatre and music theatre, dance theatre, installations as well as new circus and site-specific work. From Wagner?s Siegfried to Rio Reiser, world history or family drama, political content on a high wire act, Dadaism and quite tone ? at large institutions on small stages, or at the bus stop. The Berlin Performing Arts Festival is not only a showcase for 140 contemporary performing arts productions, it is also a meeting place and location for discourses and encounters for professional audiences from around the world.