Croatia’s acclaimed Perforations Festival returns to New York with a diverse selection of genre-blurring performances by artists from Central and Eastern Europe. The 2017 festival will feature seven productions over ten days and will be opened by Marta Ziółek’s performance Make Yourself.
Taking place annually in Croatia since 2009, the Perforacije (Perforations) festival is the largest initiative focused on artists from Central and Eastern Europe, who work in the fields of dance, theatre, choreography and performance. In 2011, Zvonimir Dobrovic, Croatian dance and performance curator, was invited by La MaMa Theatre to organise an edition of the festival in New York.
This year’s edition of the festival will feature seven productions over ten days including U.S. premieres by Bruno Isakovic and Mia Zalukar, Via Negativa, Ina Sladic, Magda Stawman-Tuka and Anita Wach, Jasna L. Vinovrški and Marta Ziółek.
Choreographer and performer Marta Ziółek studied humanities at the University of Warsaw before studying choreography at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam. Her work focuses on expanding the field of practice in choreography and the study of new forms of expression and embodiment. Ziółek has participated in workshops and collaborated with such choreographers and theoreticians as Bojana Cvejić, DD Dorvillier, Deborah Hay, Maria La Ribot, Trajal Harrell, Benoit Lachambre, Ann Liv Young, Xavier Le Roy, and Meg Stuart. Ziółek’s work has been presented in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland and the United States.
Marta Ziółek’s Make Yourself performance starts with a set of imperatives and a body sculpture. Five performers assume the names High Speed, Coco, Lordi, Glow and Beauty, with Marta Ziółek (known as Angel Dust) serving as a moderator and guide. It’s best described as an experience somewhere between a gym workout, a techno party and a corporate mindfulness church.
Two other Polish performances will be also be presented during the festival: Hundred Toasts, co-created by dancer and choreographer Anita Wach and director Bojan Jablanovec, and Hares are Dying | Private Inventory, created by Magda Tuka and Anita Wach.
The Adam Mickiewicz Institute is a partner of the event. The performance is being implemented within the framework of the Multiannual POLSKA 100 Programme for the years 2017-2021, financed by The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
Source: press materials, compiled by MK, translated by KF, Nov 2017
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