From Friday, 5 June to Sunday, 7 June (7 pm) Komuna//Warszawa (ul. Lubelska 30/32) will be presenting the first event of a new series, Przyszłość ciała (The Future of the Body) developed by choreographer, performer, and director Agata Siniarska, and curated by Marta Keil.
About the project:
In her latest project [?], Agata Siniarska, an outcome of choreographic and cybernetic experiments, returns from a future where there are no deadlines, open calls, grants, and networkings. In the course of three nights at Komuna//Warszawa, she will share with the audience her experience of working on the international dance scene from 2007 to 2045.
What if we extend the scope of choreography even further? How does it feel to be a body without organs, without being an emerged Scandinavian choreographer? What will be the world in which Trisha Brown forgets her dance and dance forgets Trisha Brown? Why Pina Bausch stage comeback in 2034 caused a momentous catastrophe? Will dancers in the future dream only about electronic accounts as well?
Author of the project: Agata Siniarska
Curator: Marta Keil
Some contributing elements:
development: agata siniarska/ diego agulló/ book/ lighting/ sound/ space/ siegmar zacharias/ computer/ mateusz szymanówka/ ania nowak/ thomas schaupp/ grzegorz laszuk/ tbc
service: agata siniarska/ diego agulló/ audience/ tbc.
transmission: book/ body/ lighting/ sound/ space/ costume/ tbc
Ticket prices: 25 zł; concessionary ? 15 zł (on sale before the show)
(Booked tickets may be collected for an hour before the show.)
About the developers:
Agata Siniarska is a cyborg form whose production levels are changeable. Endowed with many talents and a criminal past, she is consciously happening in a series of episodes inside the choreographic frame. As a component of complex processes, Agata is drawn towards conflicting approaches and utopias, which inspire her political, social, and emotional engagement. Every action she undertakes, fuelled by the energy of the visible spectrum, she approaches with passion and intense fascination, acting many times not alone but in the company of some exquisite adventures.
Marta Keil is a curator. Currently, she heads the curatorship and dramaturgy unit at the Polski Theatre in Bydgoszcz. Together with Grzegorz Reske she is also responsible for the programming at the Konfrontacje Festival in Lublin. She is the author and curator of the East European Performing Arts Platform (www.eepap.org) and one of the initiators and curators of Identity.Move! (www.identitymove.eu). She co-founded the collective Mica Moca, which ran a temporary performance art centre in Berlin from May to September 2011. She is doing her PhD at the Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences. You may read her blog at: www.fraukeil.wordpress.com
Diego Agulló was born in Madrid. Having obtained a philosophy degree, he moved to Berlin, where he has been working as a freelancer since 2005, focusing on visual arts, choreography, and teaching. He has recently released a handmade book titled “Dangerous dances”.
Mateusz Szymanówka studied culture studies at the University of Warsaw and dance studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin. He collaborates with the young generation of choreographers as dramaturge and researcher. He also writes about choreography and contemporary dance. He curates the programme Choreografia myśli (Choreography of Thoughts), which was presented at the Wojciech Bogusławski Theatre in Kalisz in the spring of 2015 in association with the Institute of Music and Dance in Warsaw (Stage for Dance 2015).
More about the series:
The Future (2014?16)
According to some sociological and futurological theories, the human kind’s preference for the status quo means that the world will be undergoing an evolution, not a revolution. But there are other options as well: we might build a better world or head for a catastrophe. Ideas, tensions, and processes which will shape the future have probably emerged already. You only need a visionary’s eye to notice, explore, and name them. It is this kind of reflection that Komuna//Warszawa wants to elicit, asking artists to turn theoretical speculations into artworks, sketch out possibilities, and ask key questions.
The Future of the Body (2015)
How does the fusion of information technology and biotechnology change the way we define us as individuals? Or as a species? Will Homo sapiens give way to Homo technologicus? How will this influence our societies? Are these actions only a game the rich play, a new “eugenics”, or the beginning of a new era? What will constitute humanity and the body? What values will post-humanistic ethics cherish?
Komuna// Warszawa is an independent theatre that transcends the limits of theatre. It is a creative collective that has made intermediate and interdisciplinary projects its trademark. They experiment with tools taken from performative arts, video installations, and music. They look for new forms and means of expression. They run research projects, hold debates, take on the role of curators. They run a culture spot in Warsaw’s Praga Południe district (ul. Lubelska 30/32).
The project is supported by the City of Warsaw and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland.