The 8th edition of the Maat Festival ? Augmented Reality. Japan Now! is just beginning. This is the fourth year of residencies organized by Maat Project Theatre and curator Tomasz Bazan, which provide a starting point for the creation of works in broadly understood latest dance. In 2016, the project involves three-week residencies of Polish dancers in Tokyo and realization of autodocumentaries. Thrown into the tissue of one of the world?s largest metropolises, the artists are looking for new contexts. They observe new connections and augmentation of reality.
We are publishing the curator?s text.
Fifty years ago, the ancestors of each of us lived in Japan. One of them grew azaleas, the other one had a Japanese umbrella pine in the garden outside of his window, and yet another one did not grow anything and just observed the life of insects. The signs on the posts and on the roads, elongated like Holbein?s skull, were perfectly clear to them. Work was the final reality for them. They paid honours to the local deity a few times a week, sometimes less often. The fourth one bleached his hair and had sushi too often. The fifth one believed that Buddha was just a minor warrior and that one should venerate bigger beings, because eternal happiness is a gradual state. There were seven of them altogether, their stories are long lost, their inscriptions on wooden slats are long rotten. We are their descendants, we are learning about their past, though not in a straight line, we are inheriting from them along a twisted line. We divide deaths into those that can be burned and those that are received on Saturday. We park the cars a centimetre away from the wall, a centimetre for which our neighbours thank us. We dream of fish and a big barrel floating on the ocean. The sixth one spent more time of his life on the bike than in bed with his wife, and the seventh one murdered someone. After 50 years, we are recalling how the mosquitoes would bite then, and the gaze of a fish caught in the net. Karma tastes the same to all the fish tank people. Seven people in karmic adoption.
Nothing more than a thin leaf of seaweed connects us with the Japanese ancestors, but for some reason, we are stuck next to each other in an even line, precisely segregated by luck and usability. A deep bow explains everything.
Radosław Mirski, dramaturgist
The 8th edition of Maat Festival ? Augmented Reality. Japan Now! Kołodziejczyk / Nagabczyńska / Bujakowska / Bazan / Jasłowska / Jarosińska / Maat Festival curator: Tomasz Bazan / dramaturgy: Radosław Mirski / production: Maria Sapeta / multimedia: Tomasz Fabiański / technology: Maciej Połynko, Karol Rębisz
The production was financed by the Culture Centre in Lublin and Maat Festival.