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The 22nd edition of the International Meeting of Live Arts ?CROSSROADS? (24 October ? 10 November, 2015) will feature presentations of artists from Great Britain and Poland, among them two contemporary dance companies famous for their performances which combine dance, music, and extensive visuals, as well as two companies noted for their experiments with image and space: the illustrious Company Wayne McGregor (London) and the Warsaw Dance Theatre, as well as the esteemed Stan?s Cafe (Birmingham) and Scena Plastyczna KUL (Lublin). The performances will be accompanied by lectures and meetings with artists.

Highlighting the Meeting will be the presentation of Wayne McGregor?s FAR, co-created and performed by a group of dancers against the background of a moving screen displaying abstract paintings. Inspired by the age of Enlightenment, the piece touches upon an era which radically changed our approach to human understanding of the body. Ten dancers move to the suggestive music by Ben Frost, confronting present-day sensitivity with the deformations, sensuality and emotions typical of the 18th century. The staging of FAR at the Teatr Wielki ? National Opera (25 October, 7 pm) will be presented as part of the 7th Days of Dance.

 

More on the performances and the programme

 

24 October 2015, 4 pm

Emily Wienfield?s lecture on Wayne McGregor

Centre for Contemporary Art ? Ujazdowski Castle, KINO.LAB

Admission free

 

Company Wayne McGregor (London, UK)

FAR

25 October 2015, 7 pm

Teatr Wielki ? National Opera, Moniuszko Auditorium

Tickets available at the Teatr Wielki ? National Opera.

Ticket prices: PLN 35 ? 200

Staged in a hypnotic chiaroscuro setting by the multiple award-winning project studio Random International and Lucy Carter, the performance combines avant-garde design with a choreography which stems from fascinations related to cognitive processes. 

 

27 October 2015, 6 pm

James Yarker?s lecture on Stan’s Cafe

Centre for Contemporary Art ? Ujazdowski Castle, KINO.LAB

 

Stan’s Café (Birmingham, UK)

The Cleansing of Constance Brown

28 October 2015, 7 pm

29 October 2015, 6 pm and 8:30 pm

30 October 2015, 6 pm and 8:30 pm

Klub Stodoła.

Tickets available on the day of performance and the preceding day at Klub Stodoła.

Ticket prices: PLN 50 (full price ticket), PLN 30 (reduced ticket)

 

Commissioned by Wiener Festwochen, Warwick Arts Centre and Fierce! Festival, The Cleansing of Constance Brown is one of the company?s most successful pieces. Presented in numerous countries, its original form continues to amaze audiences and critics alike. Situated in a long and narrow corridor of a building which resembles both a 1950s office block and a present-day hotel/apartment block/prison, The Cleansing of Constance Brown treats this space as a transitory, peripheral space filled by people deprived of authority which is exercised from behind closed doors and walls of invisible rooms. Observing a series of micro-scenes, the audience attempts to define the relations linking several dozens of figures continuously popping out in the corridor. Kaleidoscopic images resemble everyday events or television accounts of public or personal disasters. The authors of the piece wonder if these may be erased from our consciousness, and if so, what is left afterwards? 

 

 

 

Warsaw Dance Theatre (Poland)

Kolarz. Niepowtarzalne zderzenie z czasoprzestrzenią [Cyclist. A unique clash with spacetime] ? world premiere

5 November 2015, 8:30 pm, stage I

6 November 2015, 7 pm, stage II

Centre for Contemporary Art ? Ujazdowski Castle, W. Krukowski Hall, Laboratory

Tickets available on the day of performance and the preceding day at the Centre for Contemporary Art ? Ujazdowski Castle

Ticket prices: PLN 30 (full price ticket), PLN 20 (reduced ticket).

 

Kolarz. Niepowtarzalne zderzenie z czasoprzestrzenią [Cyclist. A unique clash with spacetime] is an interdisciplinary, multimedia stage event which combines contemporary dance, movement, acting, music and video screenings. Movement, sound, text and video images in the piece are compatible and often created live as real time improvisations. The audience witnesses an interplay between all participants in the event, each of them acting according to a different blueprint. Kolarz has been created by Aleksandra Dziurosz (concept, maps, dance), Aldona Nawrocka and Tomasz Woźniak (sound), Bartosz Martyna (text), Andrzej Kopeć (images/videos), Joanna Lichorowicz and Michał Łabuś (choreography). The presentation of Kolarz at the 2015 edition of CROSSROADS will be its world premiere.

 

Scena Plastyczna KUL, Leszek Mądzik (Lublin, Poland)

Lustro [Mirror]

9 November 2015, 6 pm, 8 pm

10 November 2015, 6 pm, 8 pm

Centre for Contemporary Art ? Ujazdowski Castle, W. Krukowski Hall, Laboratory

Tickets available on the day of performance and the preceding day at the Centre for Contemporary Art ? Ujazdowski Castle

Ticket prices: PLN 40 (full price ticket), PLN 25 (reduced ticket).

 

Lustro [Mirror] is another original performance by Leszek Mądzik, who continues to explore the imagination of Polish writer Bruno Schulz. Created in 2013, the piece is inspired by Schulz?s life and prose, above all his short story Loneliness. Live music has been composed by Piotr Klimek. In the words of its author, Lustro is ?less a reflection than a need to peer into emotions, sensitivities which solidify into obsessions, fears, fascinations or tragic fate fulfilled by the short life of Bruno Schulz?.

 

All performances will be followed by meetings with artists.

 

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Capital City of Warsaw.

 

Partner: British Council Poland

Centre for Contemporary Art ? Ujazdowski partner: REGENT Warsaw Hotel

Media partners: SZUSTOW. Kultura i Komunikacja

Centre for Contemporary Art ? Ujazdowski Castle media patrons: Gazeta Wyborcza, Wyborcza.pl Warszawa, Gazeta Co Jest Grane, taniecPOLSKA.pl, TOK FM, ELLE, ELLE DECORATION, Esquire Polska, Aktivist, artinfo.pl, Stolica

 

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