On Monday, 30 March 2015 choreographer Marysia Zimpel and dancers Magdalena Chowaniec and Natalia Wilk started their residency in Poznań (Studio Słodownia +3 /Art Stations Foundation). Up until 9 April the artists will be continuing their work on Zimpel?s latest project What do you really miss? (3), 2. Then they will travel to Paris to showcase the effects of their efforts at Pablo Picasso de La Norville on 11 April 2015.
In What do you really miss? the trio of dancers make movement and adjust its intensity, according to concrete, pre-defined principles. Soon we will publish here Alicja Müller’s text giving a more detailed account of the project.
Maria Zimpel is a dancer, choreographer, and performer. In her work she explores movement, test examining the limits of physicality. She studied at the Inter-University Centre for Dance (HZT) in Berlin (Universität der Künste) and holds a degree in cultural studies from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. Her artistic development and understanding of dance was greatly influenced by Maria’s meeting Gill Clark, Rosalind Crisp and Isabelle Schad. Her works include Working like a Dog (her debut with American poet Eryk Green at Image Tanz in Vienna in 2010); What do you really miss?, a solo produced as part of “Solo Projekt 2012” in Poznań; s c a t t e r ( 2013/2014), a collaboration with Zeina Hanna and Bryan Eubanks; noish~ (2014), a collaboration with experimental musician Gerard Lebik; and the work-in-progress of the trio What do you really miss?, which was selected to the prestigious competition Danse Elargie in Paris in 2014. Maria Zimpel has collaborated with Deufert&Plischke, Isabelle Schad, Aleksandra Borys, Rosalind Crisp, and Kat Valastur. In 2010?2012 she was a member of God?s Entertainment, a theatre collective. She mainly works in Poznań, Berlin, and Vienna. For some time now, she has been describing herself, just as Agnes Martin did, as an abstract expressionist.
Magdalena Chowaniec graduated from the State Ballet School in Bytom, Poland, then studied dance at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz, Austria, earning a MA degree. Magdalena lives and works in Vienna. She is a dancer, choreographer, performer, lecturer, and a singer in a garage punk band. She has collaborated with the Superamas collective, Mark Tompkins, Oleg Soulimenko, Jérôme Bel, Amanda Pina, Florentina Holzinger, Mathieu Grenier, Agata Maszkiewicz, and many others. Her own pieces ? including: the solo Hold your horses, New Vienese Organic Actionism, Until death do us part, When I don’t dance I collect crystal balls, Attan stays with us ? have been showcased in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Romania, the Netherlands, Poland, Bulgaria, or France. Magdalena also works as choreographer with refugees, is involved in research on empathy in music and dance, and sings and plays the bass in a garage punk band The Mob Fixing Freedom.
Natalia Wilk is a freelance dancer. She graduated from the Bytom-based Dance Theatre Department of the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Kraków (2013) and the University of Silesia with a degree in political studies (2010). She has collaborated with Isabelle Schad on Collective Jumps, Koen Augustijnen on Dance Moves Cities, Cosmin Manolescu on Fragile as part of the E-motional: rethinking dance art residency, Paweł Passini and Robert Hayden on Dynamika Metamorfozy [Dynamics of Metamorphosis] at the Grotowski Institute, Robert Talarczyk on Open Chopin, and the Harakiri Farmers on STILLE. In 2014 she was awarded the Alternative Dance Academy scholarship, a year earlier received a culture award from the provincial authorities of Silesia, while in 2012 she was a resident of the Residency/Premiere programme at Gdańsk’s Club Żak, which resulted in the solo Pacierz pokrętny developed with the help of artistic mentoring from Pia Meuthen (Panama Pictures Dance Theatre). Natalia has danced for Idan Cohen, Rafał Urbacki, Victoria Fox, Guilherme Botelho, and Les gens d’Uterpan. Natalia has participated in master classes and coaching sessions run by Les Ballets C de la B, David Zambrano, Luquid Loft Companie, Anna Van Den Broek, Yasmeen Godder, Mala Kline, Igor Podsiadły, among others. Natalia also writes about dance. In 2011 she did research on dance criticism at the San Diego State University in California, USA. Her lifetime passion is hitch-hiking. That is how she has travelled across Central Asia, the Balkans, West Africa, and Caucasus. Next up: the outer space.
The choreographer about the performance:
During the creative process in 2012, I asked myself, ?What do you really miss??. Now, when I have rewritten the material for three bodies, the answer remains the same: ?nothing?, in the sense that the empty space does not need to be filled with anything; content lies in fleeting encounters and flashes of accidental intersections between bodies. In this work, the body is constantly open for taking a step forward and backward, surrendering to gravity or elevation, while each direction, controlled either vertically or horizontally, bends in space.
Choreography: Marysia Zimpel
Dance: Magdalena Chowaniec, Natalia Wilk, Marysia Zimpel
Lighting design / feedback: Joanna Leśnierowska
Production: Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk
The residency is supported by the Minsitry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland as part of the project “Co z tym tańcem 2015?” (What About Polish Dance 2015).