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On 11-12 May 2018, the Old Brewery New Dance and the Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk in Poznań will host two Solo Project Plus 2018 premiere nights. The first night will feature presentations from Krystyna Lama Szydłowska (trio) and Karolina Kraczkowska (solo). The second night will include solo performances by Ewa Dziarnowska and Wojciech Grudziński. All premiere pieces have been developed in collaboration with the artistic coach of the project, Peter Pleyer.


Night I, 11 May, 7 pm


Krystyna Lama Szydłowska: Hygiene of Identity


?Hygiene of Identity? is a performative practice in the form of a collective ritual. Three performers question their own identity and through insisting on individual daily rituals aim to discover the unconscious ?I.? The concept of ?hygiene? refers directly to habits of keeping our bodies and houses clean, installed in us from early childhood. Accepting the habit, we allow ourselves consciously to ?not know?, and to recognize ourselves anew, again and again. Thus we discover our identity as a kind of mindfulness, an existential self-awareness, and a sense of belonging to the community.


choreography: Krystyna Lama Szydłowska

performers: Dorota Michalak, Zofia Tomczyk, Krystyna Lama Szydłowska

music: Dawid Dąbrowski

costumes: Inga Olejniczak

set design: Basia Bilon & Piotr Sell

lights: Michał Pełczyński

technical realization: Łukasz Kędzierski

artistic coaching: Peter Pleyer

production: Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk w ramach / in the frame of Solo Project Plus 2018

 premiere: 11 May 2018, Studio Słodownia +3,  Old Brewery, Poznań

 graphic: Basia Bilon



Krystyna Lama Szydłowska is a performer/choreographer/dancer/cultural animator/dance teacher. She graduated from the Poznan School of Social Sciences (composition and dance techniques). She is a holder of Alternative Dance Academy 2015 scholarship from Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk. She is currently working towards a master?s degree inchoreography at the Music Academy in Łódź. Always looking for new ways of self development and education, she combines many different disciplines, mainly in cooperation with musician Dawid Dąbrowski. Together with Zofia Tomczyk, she has co-founded the Kinestrefa Foundation to create and share what they already know. Personally and professionally, she has always been connected to Poznań, where she established a community centered around dance and performing arts. She is looking for infinity in motion, but above all ? for honest stage presence. She loves sugar.




Karolina Kraczkowska: Sci-Fi Ceremonials


?Blade Runner? is a dystopian futuristic vision infused with philosophical perspectives on reality and human dependencies. In a world of advanced technology, who and what counts as human? Replicants become an object of comparison, refer us back to our actual condition. How do we construct our sense of identity? Can we rely on our perception? How do we know for sure what we are? What if the greatest illusion of all is me myself? The piece investigates the tension between organic and inorganic, body and mind, origin, duration, termination date, choice ? an outcome of one?s own deep and authentic desire ? versus mechanical, programmed pattern. Is there the one conception of humanity or is being human a constant work in progress?


choreography and performance: Karolina Kraczkowska
music realization: Sasha Zakrevska (Polychain) on the basis of original soundtrack by Vangelis for Blade Runner?
technical realization and lights: Łukasz Kędzierski
artistic coaching: Peter Player
produkcja/production: Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk in the frame of Solo Project Plus 2018

premiere: 11 May 2018, Studio Słodownia +3, Old Brewery, Poznań


graphic design: Dorota Janecka based on the original screenshots from Blade Runner



Karolina Kraczkowska graduated in Applied Linguistics from the University of Warsaw and completed the Dance in Performance programme at Laban Centre. She was a member  of the Polish Dance Theatre between 2004-2007. She has collaborated with Jasmin Vardimon, Fin Walker, Michael Keegan-Dolan, Kirstine Kyhl Andersen, Christoph Winkler, Janina Rajakangas, Leila Macmillan, Riccardo Buscarini, Ben Reipe, M?rten Sp?ngberg, Tino Sehgal, Ula Sickle, Alex Baczyński-Jenkins, Ramona Nagabczyńska, Magda Ptasznik, Renata Piotrowska-Auffret, Maria Stokłosa and Anna Karasińska. She is a holder of the danceWEB 2016 scholarship and a resident in Chez Bushwick in Brooklyn. A member of Centre in Motion, achoreographic collective in Warsaw, her artistic investigations revolve around movement and choreographic practice. She explores the avenues of performativity, transformations and identity.


Night II, 12 May, 7 pm


Ewa Dziarnowska: Goo


choreography and performance: Ewa Dziarnowska

sound: Zinzi Buchanan

technical realization and lights: Łukasz Kędzierski

artistic coaching: Peter Pleyer

production: Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk w ramach / in the frame of Solo Project Plus 2018

premiere: 11 May 2018, Studio Słodownia +3, Old Brewery, Poznań


Ewa Dziarnowska is a graduate of the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (2010-2014) and holder of BA (Dance, Context, Choreography) from HZT Berlin (2014-2017); she received scholarships of danceWEB 2015, Tanzquartier Wien and Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. As performer, Ewa worked for Simone Forti (?Dance Constructions? 2014), Michikazu Matsune (?Picnic with Old Masters? 2013), Doris Uhlich (?more than naked? 2014, ?Boom Bodies? 2016), Tino Sehgal (?Kiss? 2015), M?rten Sp?ngberg (?The Planet: First Location? 2015), Julian Weber (?All inclusive? 2016), Alistair Watts (?L Dance? 2017), Ula Sickle (?Free Gestures? 2018). Her own works include: ?form that accomodates mess? (2017), ?carte rouge? (2016), ?SALON? (with Ivan Ekemark, 2016), ?all dogs must be muzzled? (with Patrik Kelemen, 2015), ?immediate sketch? (2014).


Wojciech Grudziński: Populuxe


Derived from the combination of luxury and popularity, Populuxe was a new consumer and cultural aesthetic popular in the 1950s in the United States. ?Populuxe? operates with lines, forms, textures and colors to giveus beauty, charm and elegance in terms of convenience, comforts and necessities. ?Populuxe? balances between the individual and the social, between Googie architecture and the historical figure of Sergei Diaghilev, between the unequal distribution of wealth and ecology, to create a synthetic choreographic genre based on the concept of luxury movement. ?Populuxe? exists in the spirit of the thoroughly vulgar joy of being able to live so well.


choreography, performance, concept: Wojciech Grudziński

costume: Clovis Nix

light design: Aleksandr Prowaliński

technical realization: Łukasz Kędzierski
music: Wojtek Blecharz

artistic coaching: Peter Pleyer

production: Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk w ramach / in the frame of Solo Project Plus 2018

premiere: 11 May 2018, Studio Słodownia +3, Old Brewery, Poznań

photo: IDOCONTENT / Bartosz Zalewski

graphic: Maciej Bychowski



Wojciech Grudziński is a graduate of the Ballet School in Warsaw and the contemporary dance department Codarts in the Netherlands. He is a recipient of a scholarship from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Over the course of his dance education, he took part in performances choreographed by Itamar Serussi, Hans van Manen, Ed Wubbe and Jiří Kylián, a.o.. He participated in projects by Jens van Daele, David Bolger, Marta Ziółek, Magdalena Przybysz and Ula Sickle. He was one of the artists of the Warsaw version of ?Gala? by Jérôme Bel that premiered at Nowy Teatr as part of the Body/Mind Festival 2017. At the same time, he developed his own choreographic practice. He cooperated with La Cambre academy in Brussels. In the years 2016-2017, he created two original solo performances: ?SLAVE4YOU dlaciebiedlarodziny? and ?PAX?.




Artistic coach: Peter Pleyer


?Since the beginning of the Solo Project program, I have witnessed a whole generation of its residents, the exciting young Polish dance makers changing choreographic scene in Poland and situating it into the European and world culture of dance.

The growing international network and the wish for stronger bonds into the national scene are not excluding each other, they rather complement each other in the wish to being seen moving. Articulating ones art in choreography is multilayered, complex and interdisciplinary process, it asks for open spaces to experiment and good guidance in the task of formulating a piece, both offered here, within Solo Project. My coaching is strongly informed by the development of choreography and dance as an independent art form that does not succumb to the overpowering structures of drama-theater and the fine-arts. Instead it can inform and be informed in an open and fair exchange of ideas, working methods and aesthetic appeal. Especially through the techniques developed in the last 30 years that center the body as the main source of the inquiry and the site where the art is happening, anatomical, social and political. A much needed emancipation is therefore on its way, and it will enrich the future of cultural production and the shape of the community we live in.?



Peter Pleyer graduated from the European Dance Development Centre in Arnhem. He worked as dancer and choreographic assistant with Yoshiko Chuma (New York) and Mark Tompkins (Paris). He moved to Berlin in 2000 to dance and run the Tanztage Berlin festival. With big interest in the theoretical studies in dance making, he developed ?choreographing books? (2005) ? a lecture/installation with his view on the development of dance studies in the US and Europe. He also became an acclaimed dance pedagogue teaching worldwide. In 2014 he resumed his choreographic work with solo ?Ponderosa Trilogy? and group format ?Visible Undercurrent?. In 2016, in CSW in Warsaw, the choreographic exchange with dancers from Poland and Berlin ?Moving the Mirror? has been created (in co-production with Art Stations Foundation). In 2017 the group work ?cranky bodies dance reset? premiered in Berlin. Peter has also developed a long term relationship with the Art Stations Foundation, where he has performed many of his pieces and taughtat the Alternative Dance Academy. In 2010 he was the mentor for Solo Project artists Anna Nowicka, Aleksandra Borys, and Rafał Urbacki.





Solo Project was established by the Art Stations Foundation in 2006 as the first ever residency programme in Poland. Its aim was to support Polish dance makers in their first choreographic steps and their search for individual artistic language. The programme has always been dedicated to dance makers whose interests verge beyond the traditionally understood ?dance theatre.? Its main interest lies in the creative process and artistic experiments, thus inviting its residents to reflect on, and discuss, the art of choreography itself. The motto of the project comes from the acclaimed choreographer Jonathan Burrows: ?One needs two legs, two hands and, most of all, a head to create a dance,? which encourages young artists to take artistic risks and direct their focus towards (self) reflection and constant questioning of their individual creative strategies and stances. So far, production, publicity and essential artistic support (coaching) assistance has been extended to 29 artists participating in the programme. In 2015, the programme has been inviting applications involving duo and trio performances. Thus, the Solo Project Plus has emerged.




Tickets at PLN 20/15 per night or entrance passes for both nights at PLN 30/20 are available at the Old Brewery information points and online at: ebilet

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