Next week, Wrocław will see the beginning of In Between Festivals, a year-long series of events focusing on the Berlin jazz scene and contemporary dance. The dance event series will open on 17 February at 7 pm with Hermann Heisig?s show Slap/Stick. Heisig, a Berlin-based dancer and choreographer, a graduate of Die Etage, has worked for Meg Stuart, Damaged Goods, Tomasz Lehman and Martine Pisani. Slap/Stick is dedicated to the physicality of absent-mindedness, exaggeration and mechanical movement. It was produced by Heisig in collaboration with tanz.tausch and SOPHIENS?LE.
On the second day of the series, at 8 p.m. Rafał Dziemidok and Ewa Garniec will present My life in tears, a show whose title refers to the idea of employing dance to tell stories of human life. The project seeks a common plane for the need to preserve the language of movement?s abstract nature and the narratives of the characters created by the artists.
Both performances will be presented at ToTu (ul. Hubska 6). Meetings with artists will be hosted by Karolina Wycisk.
The next dance shows in the series, by Maria F. Scaroni and Karol Tymiński, will be take place on 16 March 2016.
About the performances:
SLAP/STICK is a full-length multi-dimensional project which deals with the elements of humour, comedy and absurdity in the expression of the human body. What is the essence of the “comic” in relation to the human body? To what extent is the comic something that goes beyond the “funny”, to something that makes us a human being, a body?
SLAP/STICK is the result of Hermann Heisig’s search for the absurd, comical body in contemporary dance, with the starting point provided by ?Laughter – An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic? (1900) by French philosopher Henri Bergson and the gestural material of comedian Peter Sellers, Helge Schneider, Jacques Tati and Heinz Erhard. On the basis of characteristics that bring Henri Bergson with the element of comedy in it, such as numbness, absent-mindedness or surge, SLAP/STICK makes workings of the laughter-like and comical for the audience, and creates a physical perspective on significance levels of humour beyond “merriness” or entertainment. The humorous effect produced here is, however, a very welcome by-product.
Tickets: PLN 15
My life in tears
The title of the piece expresses the idea of using dance as a tool for telling the stories of human life. The project seeks a common ground between the need to preserve the abstract nature of the movement language and the specific narrations coming from characters created by the performers. Those characters are storytellers, masters of ceremony, comedians, clowns, or combinations of such cliché figures, who are permitted by the culture to both amuse and preach to the audience. This happens mostly by sublimation of their own, personal experience, stored in their physicality.
concept & choreography: Rafał Dziemidok
light & space: Ewa Garniec
music: Bach Bleach by Raphael Rogiński
costumes: Petra Korink
performers: Rafał Dziemidok, Ewa Garniec
production team: Cilgia Gadola, Raisa Kröger, Christophe Knoch, Marta Zientkowska
producers: Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk, Poznań; Mica/Moca, Berlin; La Briqueterie, Val de Marne
The piece was produced during a residency organised by the Institute of Music and Dance, Mica Moca Project Berlin and Uferstudios, with additional funding from The Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
Rafał Dziemidok (1971) is a dancer, actor and choreographer. He has danced with Dada von Bzdülöw (Gdańsk), Gdańsk Dance Theatre, and Compagnie Yvette Bozsik (Budapest). Since 1997 he has worked independently. Dziemidok was awarded at choreographic competitions in Kalisz (1999 for ?Departure-Arrival?) and in Warsaw (2000, for ?Heart of Welding Machine?). He was selected for the first Polish Dance Platform (2002, with ?Arrow of Time?) and for the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage scholarship (2007). In the nowytaniec.pl poll, he was nominated Polish dancer of the year 2008. Apart from making his own projects, he choreographs and performs in theatre, opera and film.
Dziemidok is the co-founder of Koncentrat Artistic Group (since 2005). Koncentrat AG // www.koncentrat.com
Ewa Garniec (1980s) is a light designer who has worked with theatre light in Poland and abroad. Garniec has designed lights for concerts, exhibitions and theatre performances at TR Warszawa theatre. She was assistant to one of the world’s most famous light designers, Felice Ross, and has drawn great inspiration from working with Grzegorz Jarzyna, Anna Augustynowicz, Grażyna Kania and Michał Zadara. Since 2004 she has worked with Theatergroup Trava. In 2005 Garniec was invited to the Jagniątków Move the Mount Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Choreographers. She is the co-founder of Koncentrat Artistic Group (since 2005).
Tickets: PLN 15
In Between Festivals is not just a festival. It is a year-long series of concerts and contemporary dance shows. The participants include some of the stars of Berlin?s alternative scene, many of them performing in Wrocław for the first time. In the first half of the year, Hermann Heisig, Rafał Dziemidok and Ewa Garniec, Maria F. Scaroni, Vania Rovisco and Jule Flierl will present their dance productions. These events will be accompanied by talks hosted by Ania Nowak, Agata Siniarska and Karolina Wycisk.
In Between Festivals is part of the Wrocław-Berlin collaboration project initiated by the Zukunft Berlin Foundation and the European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016. Project partners include Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Hewlett Packard, Kulturprojekte Berlin, Luneta, Mediapool and Mica Moca. The project is financed by the European Commission and the Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie in Berlin.