As part of the October installment of the cyclical (sic!) four seasons program at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle (ul. Jazdów 2), the organizers invite everyone to the Thursday and Friday (13-14 October) presentations of performances which open dance and improvisation towards other art fields. The October edition of the review will begin with the 13 October (8 pm) presentation of The Forerunner by dance improvisation master and poet Julyen Hamilton. In the author?s own words, in the performance whole sentences and passages result from the body dancing and the heart and mind raving.?
Hamilton?s performance will be followed by Maria Stokłosa?s Wylinka [Ecdysis] featuring Iza Szostak, Magda Ptasznik and Wojtek Pustoła (9 pm). The matter of Wylinka is what exists between the three performers. Its beginning is demarcated by foil. Its presence binds the performers, assigns tasks. Thanks to it they can live out the experience of having a common skin. Eventually, movement takes over this function. Movement allows the borders between what is mine and what is on the outside fade. It is the movement which creates a common tempo and shape.
Kasper T. Toeplitz and Myriam Gourfink?s Noise, will open the Friday night presentations (14 October, 7 pm).It is a composition created through synthesization of electronic sounds, without using samples, without found sounds, without recorded sound fields, intended to be played live on the computer as the main instrument. The computer creates and modifies sounds using various techniques such as transformation or synthesization. One of them is the presence and movement of the dancer perceived through various sorts of sensors.
Noise will be followed by another piece which contemplates the dialogue between music and motion, namely Ilona Trybuła?s Kobro, co-created with DJ Lenar (8 pm). Kobro is a choreographic reference and interpretation of the oeuvre of sculptor and visual artist Katarzyna Kobro. Inspired by the elliptical motion in Katarzyna Kobro?s sculptures, and their situation in the surrounding space, Lenar composes music which acts in the space that envelops it.
More on each event:
Tickets: PLN 25 and 30, available before the show at the Centre for Contemporary Art Zamek Ujazdowski.
Festival Website: www.sic.warszawa.pl
The (sic!) four seasons series is an all-year project involving regular presentations of different forms of improvised contemporary dance and related topics.
The project?s authors have launched collaboration with the Centre for Contemporary Art Zamek Ujazdowski (CSW) this year, and included its events in the CSW programme. They intend to build a programme that will focus on dance improvisation as a creative method and a way of practicing and presenting art. Not formal solutions, but motivation for action will be at its core. The goal is to present the art of improvisation in its best form, with the participation of brave and uncompromising artists. Their works may differ vastly, the solutions are not obvious, as they are subordinated to unpredictable actions, to the live relationship of the creators with the subject, the person, the reality, the here and now. Life and its diverse manifestations, as well as the form of presentation, are their shared area of interest.
Being the basic principle of any creation, improvisation has a universal aspect that is strongly connected with human existence. Its principle of acting in real time may be applied to the philosophy of life itself. The programme will present outstanding and internationally renowned artists, as well as young and beginning artists, students and graduates of dance schools.
The programme will also include educational activities, such as workshops, discussion panels and publication of materials on the theory of dance improvisation. There will also be a new area of presentation and research: the relationship of dance with visual arts, their mutual influences, relations and inspirations. Dance as a form, architecture of space, an artist?s message, captured reality, the condition of a person or world, increasingly often finds a common language with the visual arts. These genres try to jointly present a fragment of reality or fiction subjected to artistic vision and action, to lend form to the ideas and things in a way that is free from formal and psychological exultation or aesthetic thinking. It is not about the usefulness of these art genres for each other, but about a way of being present: dance is also a visual art.
Organiser: Fundacja Ciało Się
Partners: CSW, Warsaw City Office