On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Old Brewery New Dance (Stary Browar Nowy Taniec), the Art Staions Foundation invites you to the first of three jubilee premieres, Pole Reports from Space, choreographed by Claire Croizé and Etienne Guilloteau. The performance will take place on September 28 at 7 p.m. in Słodownia Studio +3 in the Old Brewery in Poznań.
In the Pole Reports from Space, the artists use the sounds of the famous Polish Radio Experimental Studio and add the spice of the old-school Soviet science fiction films, known for using the Experimental Studio’s music in the 1980s as a film soundtrack. Two dancers, Justyna Kalbarczyk and Krystyna Lama Szydłowska, enter the futuristic landscape inspired by this musical heritage with great courage. Like cosmonauts drifting in space or ghosts trapped behind a wall, they desperately try to communicate. Pole Reports from Space invites us to join a collective exercise of encoding and decoding their messages: seemingly abstract gestures and sounds gradually reveal their roots in the analogue world; forms and contents collide. The choreography of the Belgian duo ? Claire Croizé and Etienne Guilloteau ? draws in handfuls from both the music itself and the history of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio ? the pioneering centre of daring and visionary electronic music with a covert subversive message that was isolated behind the Iron Curtain and kept operating right under the nose of the communist censorship. The artists reveal to us a vision of the future seen directly in the past ? both utopian and nostalgic. This vision is woven from dreams of a journey to distant worlds, but unable to predict what will happen to the world we live in. But if we only listened, one day we could decode the message…
Concept and choreography: Claire Croizé and Etienne Guilloteau
In cooperation with: Justyna Kalbarczyk and Krystyna Lama Szydłowska
Dance: Justyna Kalbarczyk and Krystyna Lama Szydłowska
Music: authors of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio
Costumes: Anne-Catherine Kunz
Light design: Dominique Pollet
Music consultant: Roeland Luyten
Production: ECCE / Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk
Supported by the Norwegian Artistic Research Program ? Norwegian Theater Academy ?stfold University College
Financed from the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland, within the scope of the Multiannual Program INDEPENDENT 2017-2022, as part of the ?POLAND 100? subsidy program of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
Claire Croizé and Etienne Guilloteau (BE) ? met at P.A.R.T.S. and have worked together closely ever since; after a couple of years of working together as artists-in-residence of the WP Zimmer in Antwerp, Claire Croizé and Etienne Guilloteau founded the company Action Scénique (2008) and since 2016 they continue to collaborate under the new name ? ECCE.
Ecce literally means ?here?, ?look?, ?behold?. Watching as the basic act of a performance, which exists by the grace of the spectator. The choreographer who is holding the moving body up for the spectator to behold, but at the same time presenting a concrete physical individual who can be watched and return this gaze, interacting with the audience. Ecce stands also for Etienne and Claire, Claire and Etienne. As artists, their work reflects themselves and their environment, but in their collaboration, they reflect and complement each other as well. They function as a cohesive unit with opposite but complementary ways of working.
Etienne first has an intellectual approach and only then a physical approach, starting from texts or philosophy and focusing initially on the structure and dramaturgy of the piece. He is interested in the physical language of dance, as a form of expression that goes beyond the direct meaning of words, and how people relate through dance through their relationships with their own body. Etienne likes to question the interaction of the various elements that compose theatre performance and representation, trying to grasp the chemistry that transforms those elements into a possible narration, meaning, evocation, remembrance.
Claire starts from her intuitive understanding of the body. Her creations are about exploring these emotions while creating an intimate connection with the audience. Claire?s work starts from what is happening in the studio; she looks at the body to find a solution to the questions brought up during the creation process. Her dedication to the work of movement and physicality allows her to start from the smallest building blocks of performance. The past years Claire started to experiment with creating in silence, letting her dancers discover their own musicality and develop a personal movement language.
Their earlier projects encompass Mer- (2017), EVOL (2016), Synopsis of a Battle (2013) and Mouvement pour quatuor (2012). Because their choreographic work is deeply rooted in classical and contemporary music, since 2017 Claire Croizé and Etienne Guilloteau are resident artists of the Concertgebouw Brugge for the period 2017-2021. At the same time, as ECCE they vastly participate in the artistic programme of the Concertgebouw Brugge with lectures, workshops and dance performances. Currently, Etienne is working on his PhD in the ?stfold University College/NTA (Norway).
Justyna Kalbarczyk ? graduated from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Winner of the prestigious prize ? Das Beste Deutsche Tanz Solo in Lepzig. Currently cooperates with Habemus Corpus Dance Company in Barcelona, PLAN MEE in Nürnberg, DOT504 in Prague and CompanyHAA in Berlin.
Krystyna Lama Szydłowska ? performer, choreographer, dancer, cultural animator, dance teacher. She graduated from the Poznan School of Social Sciences (composition and dance techniques) and Music Academy in Łódź (choreography). She is a holder of the Alternative Dance Academy 2015 scholarship from the Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk and a resident artists in the Solo Project Plus 2018 at the Art Stations Foundation. She combines many different disciplines; she creates her own choreographies, cooperates with film directors, dances and improvises.