A dance stage turned into a gym? Or a dance floor? Or a catwalk? Contemporary dance more and more often is practiced in-between: at the intersection of art and everyday life. Choreographers and visual artists are looking ever closer at what is under their noses: the way we move in the street, in clubs, while jogging, at social gatherings and even during sex. And they?re making it their subject. Of course, their practice would be hard to imagine (and hard to comprehend, to say the least), if earlier in the mid-1960s the creators of post-modern dance hadn?t decided that anything could be dance ? even ordinary walking or running. Today, we?re still coming to terms with the consequences of that discovery: not only do we see the simplest daily gestures on stage, but we also frequently view amateur dancers almost as the direct inheritors of the classics of post-modern dance. The Let?s Dance project is an attempt at pinpointing that tension. The exhibition is held to provide a context for this year’s edition of the showcase Old Brewery New Dance at Malta (8?27 June 2015).
A fascination for everyday life (movement) and socio-political reality characteristic for the post-modern dance avant-garde, alongside with their interest in the concurring trends in art, have charted the development of choreography and are still the main reference point for all searching choreographers and performance artists. That is why this year the Old Brewery in Poznań will host pieces by mature creators (Jérôme Bel, Willi Dorner, Rebecca Lazier, Frédérick Gies, Isabelle Schad) and the young generation. Artists who believe that anything could be dance will challenge the audience’s perception of what choreography is, while others ? line with the exhibition’s title ? will try to provoke us to act, giving us a chance to experience dance at first hand and co-create it. The whole feel of the showcase will be very democratic, verging on pop-culture. After all, it was pop culture that enabled us all to dance.
LET US DANCE THEN!
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The exhibition is open from 19 June to 18 October 2015
curators: Joanna Lesnierowska, Tomasz Plata, Agnieszka Sosnowska
Visual arts: Wojciech Bąkowski, Vanessy Beecroft , Akademia Ruchu, Dan Flavin, Grupa Projektowa Centrala, Karska/Went, Katarzyna Kozyra, Christian Jankowski, Agnieszka Polska, Józef Robakowski, Artur Żmijewski
Performance arts: Alexandra Bachzetsis, Jérome Bel, Willi Dorner, Forced Entertainment, Massimo Furlan, Frédéric Gies, Jesse Aron Green, Trajal Harrell, Tony Orrico, Yvonne Rainer
Internet art (music videos, YouTube, Facebook): Atoms for Peace, Beyonce, Spike Jonze , Jungle, The Knife, R.E.M