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On Saturday, 17 May, Poznań will be treated to two new performances by Polish artists. I wanna be someone great  by the Harakiri Farmers collective will be shown at noon and at 9pm at the Zamek Culture Centre (Sala Wielka ? Grand Room, ul. Św. Marcin 80/82) as part of the Metamorphoses ? Focus showcase. The piece was produced under the European Metamorphoses project and was performed for the first time in April in Brussels. Choreographed by Dominika Knapik, the performance focuses on Leni Riefenstahl, treating her as a symbol of the desire to control reality which is inherent in modern European culture. Appearing on stage alongside Knapik, are Helena Ganjalyan and Dorota Wacek.


Surfing ? Magdalena Ptasznik?s collaboration with Eleonora Zdebiak ? will be shown at 7 and 10pm at the Art Stations Gallery of the Old Brewery (ul. Półwiejska 42). The piece is a laboratory where the subjectivity of action is dispersed. It is a performance of an activation chain ? the physical action of the body makes objects move and the (re)actions of the objects initiate and transform further action. 


The evening performances are part of the programme of the Long Night of Museums.


More about the premieres:


Harakiri Farmers: I wanna be someone great


When pondering on power, religion and work one realizes that all these elements can be found in the biography of Leni Riefenstahl. In I wanna be someone great Riefenstahl becomes a symbol of the will to control reality which is inherent in modern European culture.  The work/power/religion complex has taken on a new form since the times of Leni?s but it is still present and this presence is a focal point of the performance. The question is intriguing: if Riefenstahl was alive today, which power would she work for and what kind of images would she create?


choreography Dominika Knapik

dramaturgy Wojtek Klimczyk

music David Chazam

lights Alice Dussart

video Valéry Faidherbe

dance Helena Ganjalyan, Dominika Knapik, Dorota Wacek

costumes Harakiri Farmers


More detail about the Metamorphoses project


Free entry passes may be collected at the ZAMEK Culture Centre?s box office.




Magdalena Ptasznik: surfing


surfing is a laboratory where the subjectivity of action is dispersed. It is a performance of an activation chain ? the physical action of the body makes objects move and the (re)actions of the objects initiate and transform further action. surfing is a ritual of releasing objects or, more precisely, a ritual of loosening our perception of the objects. In a wider perspective, it is a proposal for perceiving reality and adding new articulations to the experience of the environment and time.


 surfing activates matter by focusing on its surface. It seeks experience in the contact with matter. It directs attention to what is on the surface, to what is visible and available. surfing provokes surface clashes, friction and abrasion. It observes directions within space, as well as the distances, the changing dynamics and the energetic differences of the actions in which surfaces meet.


Choreography, performance: Magdalena Ptasznik

Dramaturgy, conceptual collaboration: Eleonora Zdebiak


Production: Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk

With the support of Fundacja Burdąg, Centrum w Ruchu

Financial assistance: Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland

The performance-related research was conducted as part of the NRW Tanzrecherche 2013 residency programme in Bielefeld, Germany.


Eleonora Zdebiak (1984) is a Polish-born dramaturge and dancer residing in Germany. She holds an MA degree in theatre and dance studies from the university in Utrecht. She studied dance at the Warsaw Ballet School, the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main, and at the dance department of CODARTS, Rotterdamse Dansacademie (BA). As a dancer she has worked with Michael Schumacher, Amy Raymond, Nicole Caccivio, and Dieter Heitkamp. She has collaborated in numerous projects with students of the Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft in Giessen and the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach. She has also participated in many improvised performances, some of which were presented as part of the Urban Dance Festival in Dordrecht, the Rotterdam Film Festival, or at the NAI and de Doelen in Rotterdam.


As a dramaturge she assisted with the production of My Private Himalaya by Ibrahim Quarishi and Near Miss by Stephanie Thiersch. Currently, she is working with choreographer Magdalena Ptasznik on surfing, a project conceived during the pair?s research residency, NRW Tanzrecherche #11, in Bielefeld. Eleonora has also showcased her video installations and photography series at festivals and galleries across Poland, Germany, and the Netherlands.

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