On Friday, 11 September 2015 (7:30 pm), Janusz Orlik will show his solo Insight developed together with Joanna Leśnierowska at fabrik Potsdam (Große Bühne, Schiffbauergasse 10). The presentation is part of the Nitka Festival of German and Polish Contemporary Art.
Insight seeks to find a physical and visual representation for emotional states of alienation from the surrounding reality. By placing the protagonist in a simultaneously realistic and metaphorical space of a stage, which is dense with micro gestures, shadows and voices, the show confronts the inner and outer world providing us with an insight into some ambiguous emotional states that are, nonetheless, familiar to us all. Translated into a powerful language of movement and image they draw us into a tense journey in the labyrinth of the human body that clashes, day after day, with the cacophony of the stimuli which surround it. Insight is yet another instalment in the artistic dialogue between Janusz Orlik and Joanna Leśnierowska, which has been going on for almost a decade. It is also Janusz?s third solo in the Old Brewery New Dance programme. Janusz Orlik and Joanna Leśnierowska received the Minister of Culture and National Heritage’s Special Award for The Best Choreography at the Polish Dance Platform 2014.
premiere: 3 March 2013, Studio Słodownia +3, Old Brewery New Dance, Poznań
concept and movement research: Janusz Orlik / Joanna Leśnierowska
performance: Janusz Orlik
dramaturgy and light design: Joanna Leśnierowska
sound remix: Janusz Orlik
set design: Marta Wyszyńska
technical realization: Łukasz Kędzierski
visuals: Michał Łuczak
production: Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk with support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland
Having graduated from the Ballet School in Warsaw Janusz Orlik studied at Brucknerkonservatorium Linz (AT) where he danced with the x.IDA ensemble. Since 2002 he has been a regular member of the Vincent Dance Theatre (UK). His own works include Exér?se monobloc (2004), and thy neighbour as thyself (2006), Live on stage (2008), The Rite of Spring (2011) and Insight (2013). In 2007 he took part in nic by towarzystwo gimnastyczne (PL). In 2009 he performed in Nigel Charnock?s Happy and was also the choreographer?s assistant. A year later he joined Ugo Dehaes? group, Kwaad Bloed (BE) with whom he performed in Forces. In 2011 he joined Nigel Charnock + Company (UK) to create new work Ten Men. Also in 2011 he contributed to the creation of and performed in Joanna Leśnierowska?s Reconstruction (PL) and in 2012 in Gary Clarke?s Horsemeat (UK). In 2013 he began a collaboration with Daniel Landau (IL) Reside 2.1: Man in Mall. In 2014 he performed in ?? (Rooms by the sea)? by Joanna Leśnierowska, in ?Unintended Consequences? by Sjoerd Vreugdenhil and in ?Back to bone? by Rosalind Crisp. Other works include ?High heels? for the ballet ensemble of The Opera House in Kraków, ?Alpha? for The Contemporary Dance Scene in Poznań, ?Adagio? for the Musical Theatre in Poznań. Apart from performing and choreographing Janusz Orlik also delivers dance workshops in dance schools and other educational institutions in Poland and abroad. In 2011 he received a scholarship from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.