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On 3-6 December the 7th Maat Festival ?Kantor Now?? the first Polish residency platform ? will see its finale hosted by the Centre for Culture in Lublin. For the third consecutive year, the organizers handed over the festival to artists in residence who use a specially designated presentation space to seek their own methods of dance investigation. They are accompanied by Patrycja Płanik who documents the process. As was the case in the previous editions, the festival will present stage works and unique documentaries linked inseparably with the working process devoted to # body ? correlated space ? search for pure choreography derived from the processual perception of the body as an object. The festival will include presentations of five pieces created as part of the residence (Justyna Jasłowska, Karol Tymiński, Ramona Nagabczyńska, Marta Ziółek, Sławek Bendrat) and three productions supported by the MAAT FESTIVAL and created by Anita Wach, Magdalena Tuka, Mikołaj Mikołajczyk, Patrycja Płanik, Marcin Janus, Tomasz Bazan, Daiusuke Yoshimoto. The organizers are delighted to invite the audience to the home of dance inhabited by the invited artists and their creative work.


2015 is devoted to Tadeusz Kantor and his work, which has had a tremendous impact on Polish and international art. In this exceptional year, we celebrate and emphasize the achievements of Kantor as a reformer and multidisciplinary creator imbuing himself and others with an extensively insightful perception of reality. Inspired by the research conducted by Anna Królica who began to systematically research and comment on the analogies between Tadeusz Kantor and dance theatre; the vast space explored by Kantor in his own performances; finally, the universe of Kantor?s objects, we give artists the floor to engage in research and exploration, draw inspiration from Kantor and reflect on their own art projects centred around the legendary artist. I am happy we have called at this port again. MAAT FESTIVAL / Tomasz Bazan


?This year?s festival has adopted Tadeusz Kantor as its leading figure and leitmotif. The year of Tadeusz Kantor which we are currently celebrating had encouraged many to pit themselves against the legend of Polish theatre and draw inspiration, directions, and incentive from his legacy. Does Kantor have anything in common with dance? To what extent are his choreographies fascinating and analysable? Or are they more than just about movement? Perhaps we should reach further, flowing along with the champion of Polish theatre, delving into the understatement?

The curators of this year?s edition have juxtaposed several artists whose oeuvre is pervaded by completely different styles, forms, and techniques. Each uses a different choreographic dialect ? will they be able to come up with a common code for the collective known as KANTOR NOW? Or do they have to do that in the first place, for the more original their works, the more recognizable, specific and unique their collection?


Eight people. Jasłowska, Tymiński, Bendrat, Ziółek, Nagabczyńska, Mikołajczyk, Wach, Tuka. Five spent two weeks in Lublin, soaking up its energy. The remaining three? Mikołajczyk and Wach established themselves two years ago, but judging by their unpredictability, their contributions will be far from obvious. The three created their work outside of the festival seat ? what will they bring to the table and in what ways will Tadeusz Kantor mark their pieces? Finally, there is the Maat Project Theatre with their Polish-Japanes fantasies and spaces filled with body, music, film, motion, and image; and Patrycja Płanik?s phenomenal films which continue to underscore the shape of each residency, perhaps more revealing than the artists? pieces themselves, presenting the residents at work and at their leisure; accompanying them throughout the creative process and at moments of relaxation; documentaries veiled with mystery, surrealism and fictionalized themes.


Although the festival?s blueprint is informed by Théâtre de la mort, we are far from restricting ourselves to that period of Kantor?s life, since the remainder is just as interesting and inspiring. What will we see in the works of the Polish artists? References to various types of memory, personal confessions, body manifestos, open-ended performances or rigidly planned structures??

Excerpts from Marty Seredyńska?s preview




For the first time in its history, the festival finale will be co-hosted by the Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor CRICOTEKA in Cracow (10-13 December).





Anna Królica, Kantor as a visionary of the body






Centre for Culture in Lublin


3 December 2015 THURSDAY


7 pm- 8:30 pm KANTOR TERYTORIA [KANTOR TERRITORIES] ? produced as part of ?Promesa KANTOR 2015?

Noman ? screening of P. Płanik?s film (35 min) / A

Noman restricted meeting, directed by T. Bazan, featuring Daisuke Yoshimoto (50 min)/ A

ATTENTION! The film and the performance will be presented as a single event without intermission

21:00 Meeting with Daisuke Yoshimoto moderated by Jadwiga Majewska (30 min) / O


4 December 2015 FRIDAY


6 pm Sto toastów dla nieżyjącego arysty [One hundred toasts to a dead artist], directed by Anita Wach and Bojan Jablanovec (50 min.)   / A

7:30 pm TP [IT], directed by Marta Ziółek (35 min.) / A

8:30 pm Dance.doc wywiady [Dance.doc Interviews] ? screening of T. Fabiański?s film (60 min.) with photographs by P.Płanik / O

9:30 pm Projekt Mikołaj Kantor Mikołajczyk [Mikołaj Mikołaj Kantor Mikołajczyk Project], directed by Mikołaj Mikołajczyk (45 min.) / A

10:30 pm Na Tak?s concert piwnice CK / Cellars of the Centre for Culture in Lublin


5 December 2015 SATURDAY        


2 pm Workshop with Daisuke Yoshimoto (2,5 h) / rehearsal room 4, Centre for Culture in Lublin        

6 pm Paradise, Paradise, directed by Justyna Jasłowska (45 min.) / A

7:30 pm La femme de service, directed by Sławek Bendrat (45 min.) / A

8:30 pm Days for dancing out ? screening of P. Płanik?s film (30 min.) / O

9:00 pm pURe, directed by Ramona Nagabczyńska (35 min.) / A


6 December 2015 SUNDAY


2 pm Workshop with Daisuke Yoshimoto (2,5 h / rehearsal room 4, Centre for Culture in Lublin        

6 pm Madeleine, directed by Magda Tuka, Myles Stawman (30 min) / A

7:30 pm Play.Ground., directed by Karol Tymiński (30 min) / A

8:30 pm Tadeusz Kantor T.E.D Anna Królica / interview, meeting with artists, recapitulation




Centre for Culture in Lublin

ul. Peowiaków 12

20 ? 007 Lublin


Admission to all events is free upon collection of entrance cards at the Centre for Culture in Lublin Ticket Office





idea, concept: Tomasz Bazan / curators: Tomasz Bazan,  Patrycja Płanik, Anna Królica / multimedia/video: Patrycja Płanik / artists in residence: Justyna Jasłowska, Karol Tymiński, Ramona Nagabczyńska, Marta Ziółek, Sławek Bendrat and: Anita Wach, Magdalena Tuka, Mikołaj Mikołajczyk, Patrycja Płanik, Marcin Janus, Tomasz Bazan, Daiusuke Yoshimoto, Jan Duszyński/ production: Maria Sapeta/ technology: Maciej Połynko, Karol Rębisz / collaboration: Małgorzata Drozd, Małgorzata Bartkiewicz, Maciej Rukasz, Damian Dubielis, Joanna Jankowska, Marta Seredyńska / Tomasza Bazan?s Maat Festival project is financed by the Centre for Culture in Lublin and the Maat Project Theatre / Collaboration: Izabela Zawadzka, Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor CRICOTEKA in Cracow, polish Institute (Tokyo).


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