On Saturday, 17 October (8 pm), the ZAMEK Culture Centre in Poznań and curator Anna Królica would like to invite everyone interested to the final event in the From a Frog?s Perspective performative programme. Martin Nachbar, whom the audience may recall from another project by the ZAMEK Culture Centre and Anna Królica (Archive of the Body, 2013). In Animal dances Nachbar wonders what kind of relationships and references we, the city animals of the 21st century, have to other animals? Can we behave, think and feel like animals do? In this piece, Martin Nachbar and company approach humans as physical beings(entities?), cast amidst a plethora of other physical beings, and explore the possibilities of animalistic understandings. The dancers pose the following questions: how do we, the urban animals of the 21st century, behave towards other animals ? the domestic cat, which lies purring on our lap, the mice frolicking in the shed, the cow, whose 100-gram portion lies on our plate, or the predator captured in a souvenir photograph taken on a safari… Nachbar shows our relationships with animals through dance, analysing the possibilities of moving, feeling and thinking like animals. The performance is comprised of four different yet interconnected parts.
?In Animal dances, Martin Nachbar with a group of dancers attempts to embody the movement of animals, yet he does not imitate it. Animal Dances is the most physical show, exposing the way in which humans look at and perceive animal motion? ? says Anna Królica, curator of the performing part of the programme ?From a Frog?s Perspective?.
?The dancers don?t represent animals but rather evoke imaginary bodies ? This way, they invent animals that only exist in the theatre. What about the stage? And doesn?t a spectator?s literal reading sometimes resemble the deathly gaze of the basilisk? Which hybrid zoo does the theatre today provide us with?? ? Jeroen Peeters (critic, playwright, performer)
Choreography: Martin Nachbar in cooperation with the dancers
Dancers: Jule Flierl, Coralie Meinguet, Benjamin Pohlig, Noha Ramadan, Jochen Roller
Music: Boris Hauf
Lighting: Bruno Pocheron
Costumes: Marion Montel
Drama: Jeroen Peeters
Assistant: Moritz Frischkorn
Cooperation Dance & Choreography – Katie Vickers
Produced by: Martin Nachbar and Sophiensaele Berlin, in cooperation with UP TO NATURE and Dock 11/Eden, supported by: Andrea von Braun Stiftung, HKF Berlin, Kunststiftung NRW
Tickets: PLN 15 (reduced);PLN 20 (regular)
Anna Królica is a dance critic, historian and curator. She has recently published the book Pokolenie Solo. Choreografowie w rozmowach z Anną Królicą (The Solo Generation. Choreographers interviewed by Anna Królica; Cricoteka, Kraków 2013). She is also the author of a book on the latest history of contemporary dance in Poland, Sztuka do odkrycia. Szkice o polskim tańcu (An Art to Discover. Essays on Polish Dance; Tarnów, 2011). In 2012 she received a scholarship for the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland. She is the curator of the following programmes: Maszyna choreograficzna in Cricoteca (Choreographic Machine; since 2013), Z perspektywy żaby (A Frog’s Perspective) at the Zamek Culture Centre in Poznań (2015), Goodbye, Superman! (together with Eryk Makohon and Paweł Łyskawa, Cracow 2015), Portrety. Kobiety w polskiej choreografii (Portraits. Women in Polish Choreography; 2014), Archiwum Ciała (Archive of the Body) w at the Zamek Culture Centre (2013). In 2011 she programmed the Kalejdoskop (Kaleidoscope) festival in Białystok and has been involved with the event ever since. She sat on the jury of the Polish Dance Platform in 2008 and 2012 and chaired the programming board of the Institute of Music and Dance in Warsaw in 2011-2014. In 2010 she was the main artistic coordinator of the 1st Dance Congress in Warsaw. Together with Witold Mrozek she set up and run a website on contemporary dance, www.nowytaniec.pl in 2006-2011.
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