Independent artist and performer associated with the contemporary dance scene in Gdańsk and Britain. Author of several powerful and original solo performances, in which she speaks out against domestic violence among other topics.
Aurora Lubos was born in 1977. She has worked with the Dance Theatre of Gdańsk, the Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre and the Żak Club. Since 2000, she has been an actress at the prestigious British Vincent Dance Theatre, and has performed with them in the United States, Canada, Italy, Germany, Spain and Scotland. She has collaborated with Avi Kaiser, Honorata Martin, Leszek Bzdyl, Melissa Monteros, and Tatiana Baganova. Currently, the artist lives and works in a village near Skarszewy and Brighton in the UK. She is the author of several original dance shows, including solo performances (Zanzibar, Unfinished, Knife, Horse and Stairs, Acts, Thou Shalt Not), installations / performances (No 1, Four Corners, Act for Two – Leftovers, Without Home),and animations (the series Winter 2010).
Her art is committed and respectful. Lubos has repeatedly emphasised that she wants her actions to speak for those who are not able to defend themselves, and would like to discuss their confusion, powerlessness, or need for silence. This is how Acts came into being. It is a celebrated performance that was presented at the Polish Dance Platform 2014 in Lublin.
The touching Acts (2013), with music by Motion Trio, was inspired by real stories of people affected by family violence, and is a response to the letters and calls the artist got from people who had experienced violence. The immediate impetus came from the art therapy workshops that Aurora Lubos conducted in centres helping victims of violence, most often women and children.
I received a file with terrifying stories. When I read it, I realised that violence always has a similar cycle consisting of three stages: accumulation of aggression, outpour, and silence. This cyclic pattern provided a basis for the show – explained the artist in an interview with Izabela Szymańska from Gazeta Wyborcza.
‘This is a performance full of empathy’ – commented a reviewer from Gazeta Świętojańska:
There are no words apart from those coming from the song of the actress-dancer-performer, but at the same time words float around between the stage and the audience. They appear in front of the eyes of the viewers and remain with them until the end of the show. The unspoken, repressed words stuck in the throats of abused women provide energy for the images and sounds, used by Lubos. (...) The size of letters and words is probably meant to correspond to the scale of shame, which the victims accumulated for years, remaining in the distressing shadow of their dignity, privacy and dreams.
Aurora Lubos does not ask the victims and perpetrators bitter questions. She does not hold a specific community responsible. She does not point a finger at the viewer sitting within her sight and reach. Instead, she allows the audience to participate in the ‘offering’ of injustice.
Sources: taniecpolska.pl, Gazeta Wyborcza, Gazeta Świętojańska, ed. AL, transl. Bozhana Nikolova, May 2015
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