On Tuesday, 28 October (7 pm) the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute in Warszaw (ul. Jazdów 1) will host the premiere of Renata Piotrowska’s solo Death. Exercises and variations. The dramaturgy was developed in collaboration with Bojana Bauer, who thus describes the piece:
Death is one thing that cannot be experienced. It is an irreversible event from which one doesn?t come back. With the person gone, the possibility of experience vanishes with it. To this philosophical statement, in her new performance, polish choreographer and performer Renata Piotrowska, opposes the experience of theatre, understood by the theorist Peggy Phelan as the place in which society ?rehearses for loss, and especially for death.?
Piotrowska?s solo ?Death. Exercises and variations?embodies this rehearsal quite literally. As she attempts to stage the encounter with death, she goes through different scenarios making up a performative diptych that travels through centuries of (in)experience with death while she draws on its artistic, cultural and social representations.
Based on the observations that the contemporary body aspires to defy dying more then ever, and that the omnipresence of death in the media is conversed by its evacuation from our everyday lives, she turns to some historical hallmarks associated with the issues of death and dying, such as dance macabre, ritualistic repetition, personification, violence, exhaustion, gore or eroticism.
Choreographing it as an elusive partner through its many faces, Piotrowska is trying to track our understanding, or lack thereof of death today.
After the presentation, the audience are invited to meet and talk with the choreographer and dramaturge.
Entry: Admission free
concept, choreography, performing: Renata Piotrowska
dramaturgy: Bojana Bauer
lighting: Ewa Garniec
Partners: Centrum w Ruchu (Warsaw), Wawerskie Centrum Kultury (Warsaw), Centre for Contemporary Art ? Laboratory (Warsaw), Centre national de la danse in Paris, La Briqueterie ? CDC du Val-de-Marne, Soho Theatre (Warsaw).
Produced as part of the project “Badanie/produkcja. Rezydencje choreograficzne ? taniec w procesie artykulacji” [Research/production. Choreographic residencies ? dance in the process of articulation] run by the Burdąg Foundation thanks to the financial support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland. Research project supported by the Institute of Music and Dance.
Partner of the research project: Dwutygodnik.com, taniecPOLSKA.pl
Media partner: taniecPOLSKA.pl
Organised by: Burdąg Foundation, Centrum w Ruchu
Producer: Dominik Skrzypkowski
Special thanks to: Simon Auffret, Anna Gołdanowska, Małgorzata Ignatowska, and Maria Stokłosa.