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14 Noveber 2013 On Sunday, 17 November 2013 (7 pm), the day when SPAZIO, an European artistic and educational programme for young choreographers, begins its two-week residency in Poznań (Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk), Iza SzostakandKuba Słomkowski will premiere their latest work Ciało. Dziecko. Obiekt. [Body. Child. Object.], devoted to the experience of childhood.

The choreographer about the piece:

“The project theme will explore topics pertaining to the experience of childhood.
Childhood, to me, is a journey into oneself, a journey backwards. It is a time preserved in familial and individual memory. Childhood consists of traces, numerous reminiscences and various interpretations or objects that accompanied me and were of obvious value to me. The objects of the child-collector often evoke feelings of sadness, fear or joy. They are magical and captured in favourite toys, notebooks and instrumental tools saved over the years. The number of such objects comprises a specific collection, a museum almost.

What happens when we lose the objects of our attachment? How large can the museum of our childhood be? Does it fit into a pocket or can it reach the clouds? Is it a plain anecdote or a memory that has not been worked over?

In the performance I wish to create an opportunity and space to rediscover and interact with the objects that represent childhood experiences. I am interested in working with memory, a physical reconstruction of the signs of the past: a bygone reality in a cultural and social dimension in addition to an individual one.

In the process of working with the body I am interested in making it causative to change, to transformation. Using confrontations with the objects-representations I wish to study the specific extensions of the objects’ materiality on the physicality of the body both in situations of stillness and of being involved in full dynamics.

What does it mean to study colours, shapes or solids through movement?
What representations and memories does the body conceal?”

concept/choreography/performance Iza Szostak
visuals/music/performance Kuba Słomkowski
production Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk
partner Centrum w Ruchu, Insytut Adama Mickiewicza
premiere 17.11.2013 / 19.00 / Studio Słodownia +3, Stary Browar

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SPAZIOis a European artistic and educational programme for young choreographers. Its interdisciplinary nature reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the art of contemporary dance and its ambition is to create a new generation of dance creators – people enriched with interdisciplinary knowledge who think in terms of contemporary art and are ready to implement new ideas on their national stages.

SPAZIOwas developed at the initiative of the brilliant choreographer Emio Greco and his International Choreographic Arts Centre in Amsterdam, in collaboration with organisations like CSC Dance House in Bassano del Grappa, Italy; the Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance in Zagreb and Art Stations Foundation in Poznań in cooperation with the Institute of Music and Dance in Warsaw. The content-related mentor of SPAZIO in Poland is Jadwiga Majewska, dance critic and theoretician, lecturer at the Jagiellonian University and curator of numerous international educational and artistic projects.

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