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We are happy to inform that (sic!) four seasons ? a series of all-year round presentations of improvised contemporary dance in various forms (ranging from dance to performing art) ? is returning to Warsaw in February 2016 after a few years break. Rooted in the International Improvised Dance Festival (sic!), the project is aimed at showcasing dance improvisation and exploring neighbouring issues on a regular basis.


Starting from this year, the Centre for Contemporary Art ? Ujazdowski Castle becomes a partner of (sic!) four seasons, as the project becomes part of the centre’s schedule. Thus, a new consistent and well-thought-out programme will be designed around dance improvisation as a creative method and a mode of making and presenting art.


The showcase is primarily not about formal solutions but the reason to take action. The organisers wish to present the best of improvisation delivered by brave and uncompromising artists. Their works are extremely different and their methods not obvious as they are used to carry out an unpredictable activity: live interaction of the artist with the subject matter, person, reality, everything that exists here and now. Life and its many different manifestations as well as the format of presentation are the interests that the artists all share. 


Being the basis of all creative activity, improvisation has an universal aspect to it that is closely linked with our existence. Its main principle ? acting in real time ? may be related to life as such. Apart from the most prominent, world-famous artists, the organisers would like to present young creators, emerging artists, students and recent graduates of dance collages.


The programme will feature educational projects: workshops, panel discussions, publication of materials on the theory of improvised dance. The organisers will also explore the relation between dance and visual arts, the two disciplines’ mutual influences, interdependence, and the way they inspire each other. As a form, spatial architecture, artistic expression, captured reality, a state of an individual or the world, dance is more and more often finding a common denominator with visual arts. Together, they want to render a piece of reality or fiction subjected to artistic vision or activity, give ideas and issues a form, without formal or psychological exaltation or aesthetic preoccupation. It is about one art being useful for the other but about their shared manner of presence ? dance is also a visual art.


The slogan of (sic!) four seasons in 2016 is TERAZ/NOW:


TERAZ/NOW is the primary value and principle of improvisation and performance art,

TERAZ/NOW is the time when everything happens, the context in which it happens, and the way how it happens,

TERAZ/NOW (and here) is the manner of acting and creating; a way of living linked directly to improvisation,

TERAZ/NOW is the context of the place, role, and need of contemporary art, in particular the works of artists contributing to (sic!) four seasons,

TERAZ/NOW is the impulse to flood artists with questions about the works they are presenting.


Everything that happens, happens TERAZ/NOW, not yesterday, not tomorrow ? here is a truth hard to live your life by, as most of the time we live in the past of the future.


In the course of 2016, we will see events unfolding on 12 and 13 February, 5 and 6 May, 2 June, and 13 and 14 October. Below you will find the programme of the February showcase, featuring Kaya Kołodziejczyk, Małgorzata Haduch, Ilona Trybuła, Agnieszka Kryst, and Paweł Grala dancing to Mazurki (Mazurkas) by Marcin Masecki. Marcin Masecki will also take to the stage with Dawid Lorenc to explore Bach’s music, its popular reinterpretations by Glenn Gould and others, and music and dance improvisation in general. On both days, you will also be able to watch films recovered from the festival’s archive.


Other artists to contribute to (sic!) four seasons 2016 are Boris Charmatz, Zorka Wollny, Anna Nowicka, Hermann Heisig, Jule Flierl, Maria Sciaroni, Marysia Stokłosa, Magda Ptasznik, Izabela Szostak, Wojciech Pustoła, Julyen Hamilton, Kasper T. Toeplitz, and Myriam Gourfink.


All the presentations will take place at the Wojciech Krukowski Room, Laboratorium Building, Centre for Contemporary Art, ul. Jazdów 2, Warsaw, tel. + 48 22 628 12 71.


Programme of the February events:


12-13 February 2016, 6 pm

TERAZ/NOW Screenings of films from the (sic!) archive


12 February, 7 pm

TERAZ/NOW SZTUKA FUGI (The Art of Fugue) ? Dawid Lorenc, Marcin Masecki

The reason why these two artists met was Steve Paxton’s improvisation to Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations performed by Glenn Gould. Marcin Masecki released an album with his interpretation of Bach’s The Art of Fugue, whose heavy, seemingly unvarying structure is so much different from the colourful structure of the Variations. The starting point of Masecki and Lorenc’s collaboration is The Art of Fugue and its contemporary interpretations, expressed by means of sound and movement (and their mutual influences), as well as improvisation. The production was commissioned by Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź as part of the exhibition Przyjdźcie, pokażemy Wam co robimy. O improwizacji tańca (You come, we’ll show you what we do. On dance improvisation).


13 February, 7 pm

TERAZ/NOW MAZURKI (Mazurkas) ? Marcin Masecki, Kaya Kołodziejczyk, Małgorzata Haduch, Ilona Trybuła, Agnieszka Kryst, Paweł Grala


The echoes of the Chopin Piano Competition have died out, but we can still remember what a test of the participants’ understanding and ability to interpret the composer’s music his Mazurkas were. Performed by Marcin Masecki and five dancers (Kaya Kołodziejczyk, Małgorzata Haduch, Ilona Trybuła, Agnieszka Kryst, Paweł Grala), this folk form of dance and musical composition resonates with the sensitivities of our times, when the relations between dance and music have long lost innocence. Nowadays, when nothing is simple, an encounter of folk music and dance offers a promise of a joyous, genuine, and in-depth contact between these two realities, yet initiated by people living in the early 21st century, living NOW.


Organised by: Fundacja Ciało Się




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