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The year 2013 is a turning point for the curator programme “maat festival” as it transforms itself into an international residency programme and becomes a specific “home of dance” where we will be able to meet guest artists the whole year long, with their residencies lasting throughout the year and culminating in December 2014. This elaborated formula makes the programme a precedence in Poland. Each residency will be accompanied with a docufiction film presenting the guest artist, creating a body of unique film material. This year’s “maat/festival – border/line 2013” gathers Anita Wach, Kaya Kołodziejczyk, Anna Steller, Magdalena Jędra, Barbara Bujakowska, Mikołaj Mikołajczyk, Rafał Urbacki, Przemysław Kamiński i Korina Kordova. On 11 April (8 pm) Lublin’s cafe Spółdzielnia (ul. Peowiaków 11) will house a meeting with the first artist-resident Magdalena Jędra, which will also feature recorded fragments of Sasha Waltz’s show noBody. Two days later, on 13 April (5 pm) Magdalena Jędra will conduct her Lesson 1 at the roof of the Victoria hotel (ul. Narutowicza 58/60), giving the participants a chance to make set their bodies in movement on top of the city, overlooking its panorama. The lesson will launch a series of meeting with dancers located in unusual spaces around Lublin.

PLAESE NOTE: To take part in Magdalena Jędra’s Lesson 1 you need to register in advance at The number of participants is limited.

“I travel to celebrate places and people. Each time I revisit a place, I experience it differently. Coming, changing, going, staying, bothering me are all those, well, feelings. From sadness to joy and back again. From exhilaration to disappointment, boredom and regret. I revisit places which are no longer the same, and revisit people who are no longer the same to me. Everything changes, which sounds banal, but I suspect that sometimes it is down to coincidence. Having decided not to surrender to its caprices, I made a choice to marvel! This will be my five time in Lublin and I will be marvelling… at the place, the space and the people.”

Magdalena Jędra

Magdalena Jędra – dancer, choreographer, performance artist. In 1997-1999 she danced with Melissa Monteros and Wojciech Mochniej’s Gdańsk Dance Theatre, following which she collaborated with Joe Alter, Rafał Dziemidok, Edyta Kozak, Leszk Bzdyl, Paul Ross, Alexander Pepelyaev, Anita Wach, Krzysztof Leon Dziemaszkiewicz and Grupa Artystyczna Koncentrat, Łaźnia Centre of Contemporary Art in Gdańsk, Gombrowicz Theatre in Gdyna, Wytwórnia Theatre in Warsaw, and Akademia Ruchu Theatre. In 2011 she was involved in producing the Polish version of Jerom Bel’s The show must go on. In 2005, together with Anna Steller, Grzegorz Welizarowicz and Zbigniew Bieńkowski, Magdalena Jędra founded the theatre Good Girl Killer.

Germany 2002, 90 minutes

Directed by Jörg Jeshel and Brigitte Kramer
Choreography: Sasha Waltz
Music composed by: Hans Peter Kuhn

Produced by: Schaubühne am Lehninger Platz Berlin in association with Festival d’Avignon

noBody is the last show in Sasha Waltz trilogy devoted to the body. In the cycle the choreographer is making use of the intimate material which dancers leave at her disposal to explore the nature of human body, with the first part focusing on the context of science and history, and the second presenting the body as an object of eroticism, an object full of passion. In noBody Waltz asks questions about the man’s metaphysical existence, his existence devoid of the body, his attitude to death and the want of immortality, as well as the possibility of imaging the eternal. Staged at Berlin’s Schaubühne Teatre, the trilogy strengthened Sasha Waltz’s standing as one of most prominent artists of contemporary dance theatre.

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maat festival/border line 2013 Idea/conception: Tomasz Bazan (programme’s curator); multimedia/video: Patrycja Płanik; production: Ksenia Duńska; technical support: Maciej Połynko, Karol Rębisz, cooperation: Barbara Szymańska, Małgorzata Drozd, Maciej Rukasz, Dominika Płanik, Matylda Chmielewska.

Tomasz Bazan’s curator programme Maat Festival is financed by the Culture Centre in Lublin and the Maat Projekt Theatre.

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