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The 12th International Contemporary Dance Festival Body/Mind takes place on 20-27 September 2013 in Warsaw. Its motto “Yes, I like to look” is a reference to the relation between looking, seeing, peeping or even spying, the festival’s artistic director, Edyta Kozak, explained at a press conference.

This year’s festival is the 12th in the event’s history, that is why its programme includes 12 performances falling into three specific categories. The first one are pieces by enfant terribles of contemporary dance: Disabled Theatre by Jérôme Bel and Theatre HORA; The Modesty of Icebergs by Daniel Léveillé; and TWERK by Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud. The second category are Polish performances supported by the European APAP network (Advancing Performing Arts Project) and co-produced by Fundacja Ciało/Umysł, or the Body/Mind Foundation, namely: Agency by Wojtek Ziemilski and Marysia Stokłosa; Szpieg. Albo Człowiek, który słuchał [A Spy. Or A Man Who Listened] by Grzegorz Laszuk and Michał Libera; BEEPby Karol Tymiński; and SOL by Kaya Kołodziejczyk. A separate category in itself is Clean Room by Juan Domínguez Rojo, to take place in the foyer of Studio Theatre. Although the performance is composed of three parts, viewers are invited to take part in all of them as joining the project in the process will not be possible.

Two discussion panels will be held in conjunction with the performances: one focusing on The Rite of Spring, and the other on the question, Does Polish dance need Europe to further develop? All the performances will be shown at Studio Theatre in Warsaw, with its Studio Bar turning into the festival’s club.

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