Three solo dance projects from Poznań’s cradle of talents – Old Brewery – will be presented at the international dance festival TANZTAGE in Berlin. Featuring: Agata Siniarska, Korina Kordova, Baśka Gwóźdź.
The three dancers will be performing as part of a Solo Project, a precursory residency programme, run by Grażyna Kulczyk at the Art Stations Foundation in Poznań since 2006. Under Joanna Leśnierowska’s directorship, the Project aims to help up-and-coming Polish artists to develop their own artistic language in exchange with selected mentors. Its focus lies on movement research in the studio and the creative process, which culminates in a performance at the Old Brewery New Dance in Poznań. Previous mentors include: Bruno Pocheron, Hooman Sharifi, Peter Pleyer, Luca Giacomo Schulte, Ornella Balestra, Ria Higler.
In 2013, the participants in the Solo Project were Baśka Gwóźdź, Korina Kordova, and Agata Siniarska, who were all led by Bush Hartshorn, artistic director of the Dansehallerne in Copenhagen. Each of the dancers will present her own project at the German capital’s Sophiensaele, on the 7th January.
Korina Kordova, photo by Jakub Wittchen
Death 24 Frames per Second or Do It to Me Like in a Real Movie – Agata Siniarska
Siniarska’s spectacle deals with the topics of idealization of women, their images in everyday and films, love, death, and intersexual relations. The artist investigates these themes alongside the differences between choreography and film – the stereotypical social and gender constructs, and the attempts to revise them. She also picks up on the formal features of movement and stillness, as well as the filmic framing of a woman’s body and character.
Destiny’s Child – Baśka Gwóźdź
Destiny’s Child, dedicated to Jacek Łumiński, is concerned with fate, a subject matter which got Gwóźdź interested not only as such, but also in the context of her participation in the dance world. In the description of the piece, the dancer writes: “Dance isn't something I want. Dance is something I need to do.”
On 8th boulevard. right after sinuous curves - Korina Kordova
In her solo piece, Korina Kordova (originally from Brazil, now involved with the Warsaw-based Centrum w Ruchu) talks about body as a tool with a massive potential, whose spectrum encompasses eroticism, resistance, sensibility, to catastrophe.
The Poznań Solo Project dance programme is said to have bred an outstanding group of dancers, who with time have begun to be collectively named Generation Solo. The artists coming under this umbrella are: Anita Wach, Janusz Orlik, Domnika Knapik,Konrad Szymański, Renata Piotrowska, Barbara Bujakowska & Marcin Janus, Tomasz Bazan, Karol Tymiński, Małgorzata Haduch, Ramona Nagabczyńska, Magdalena Przybysz, Aleksandra Borys, Anna Nowicka, Rafał Urbacki, Irena Lipińska, Iza Szostak, Aleksandra Ścibor, Marzena Krzemińska, Marysia Zimpel, and Magdalena Ptasznik.
sources: press materials, Anna Legierska’s article on Culture.pl, www.sophiensaele.com, www.starybrowarnowytaniec.pl/en
Editor: AM, 3.01.2013