Dance Art Center in Warsaw was established on initiative inspired by Warsaw artists and dance theoreticians working in 20 modern art and performance art NGOs and dance collectives. The main objective of the Dance Art Center is the promotion of the operations of these organisation via developing an attractive offering for those interested in dance, as well as artistic, educational, social and theoretical collaboration.
“For truth to tell, dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education: dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with pen – that one must learn how to write”
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
“In 2018, at the Dance Art Center in Warsaw we will be focusing on the broadly understood education in the area of contemporary dance. We will offer both dance educational activities addressed to professionals and amateurs in terms of the practice and theory of dance, as well as a rich set of performances and premieres which will be a supplement to and essence of our educational activities. Our offering this year will be complemented with dance workshops, master classes, workshops on writing for the theatre, animations, dance cinema screenings and articles on dance. The curators of the individual divisions, dance instructors, animators, dancers, choreographers and the director of the Dance Art Center will try to show the many fascinating faces of contemporary dance and what opportunities it opens, not only in terms of artistic value but also education. The highlight of the year will be the National Dance Conference “Dance in Warsaw. Society, Education, Culture”.
You are most welcome to join us in experiencing the art of dance in 2018”.
Paulina Święcańska, Dance Art Center Director
“The key to education is the experience of beauty”
“This year we will continue the presentation of performances that will be shown on one Monday of the month. In the first half of the year, we will see diverse work, primarily duets. Apart from the artists collaborating with the Dance Art Center, we also invite independent artists from Warsaw and present performances from other cities in Poland. In addition, the Dance Art Center will co-produce four premiere contemporary dance performances, including one addressed to children and one for young adults. The performances and coproductions were selected by the Committee in an open call. Another line of our activities consists of presentations of artists who do not work in one space and performances by foreign dance companies. The performances will be followed by meetings of the audience with the artists and they will consists both of traditional Q&A sessions and experimental games and debates aimed at involving the audience into a bigger conversation about the themes of the performances.
All these activities are aimed at complementing the educational programme which we are focusing our attention this year. We want to present performances where, via contact with living art, we will be able to educate future generations but also people at every age about the incredible art of contemporary dance”.
Agata Życzkowska, Dance Art Center Director
The National Academic Conference “Dance in Warsaw. Society, Education, Culture” is one of the most significant events organized by Dance Art Center this year. The conference will be divided into three thematic sections: the academic section of the event consists of two days of presentations, video screenings and panel discussions; the practical section will be devoted to open dance workshops featuring a presentation of teaching methodology and the artistic section will be performances addressed to various audiences and meetings of artists with the audience. The curators of the academic section are Hanna Raszewska-Kursa and dr Aleksandra Kleinrok, the practical section will be curated by Maja Katarzyna Molska, and the artistic section by Agata Życzkowska. The conference is organised as part of the programme of development of reflections on dance and is focused on the topic of dance education and the functioning of dance in the life of the capital. Conference proceedings will be published following the conference and the publication will be distributed among a wide audience across Poland.
In 2019, the Center plans to organise a conference devoted to artistic activities entitled “The Art of Dance in Warsaw in the 20th and 21st centuries”. Each of the conferences will be aimed at discussing the past, an analysis of the present and posing questions regarding the future.
The National Academic Conference will be held as part of the celebrations of International Dance Day.
The Dance Art Center Coproduction Programme in 2018 will be run for the first time ever. Proposal for premiere performances were selected by a Committee consisting of: Julia Hoczyk, Adam Kamiński and Janusz Marek. From among the organisations collaborating as part of the Dance Art Center project the coproduction will be developed by Bartosz Woszczyński, Wojciech Grudziński/Agata Życzkowska, Magdalena Przybysz and Anna Piotrowska. As part of the coproduction projects, the Center will be collaborating with Zawirowania Dance Company, Scena Współczesna Foundation, HOTELOKO movement makers, ‘NOWA FALA’ Foundation for the Development of the Theatre, Prom Kultury Saska Kępa, eferte/Foundation for the Development of Dance, the Bytom Dance Theatre and ROZBARK Theatre.
The programme of performances produced by the Dance Art Center to be presented in 2018 consists of more than a dozen production proposals selected and recommended by a Committee consisting of Julia Hoczyk, Adam Kamiński and Janusz Marek. The performances will be staged on one Monday of the month except April: the presentation of performances will last three days during the National Academic Conference. The Committee recommended performances in three categories: performances by artists collaborating as part of the Dance Art Center projects, performances by independent artists from Warsaw and performances from all over Poland. This year, the stage will be dominated by DUETS but there will also be solo and group performances. Among the artists who will present their work are Tomasz Bazan, Aleksandra Bożek-Muszyńska, Karolina Gorczyca, Sylwia Hanff, Magdalena Jędra, Karolina Kroczak, Jakub Lewandowski, Ramona Nagabczyńska, Anna Piotrowska, Paulina Święcańska, Alexey Torgunakov.
The new Dance Cinema Programme envisages regular screenings of films about dance. During six evenings from March until December, we will present dance-themed documentary films, dance/videodance films, new choreography presentations, screendance productions awarded at international festivals. The curators of the Dance Cinema Programme 2018 have prepared apart from interesting screenings also meetings with the filmmakers and experts, as well as dance- and film-related workshops and competitions.
”Ciało Mówi [The Body Talks] is a film project where the body is given a voice and dance becomes the core language of expression. It presents films that expand the vision we may have about dance on the screen. We will see films awarded at international festivals, as well as productions that combine dance cinema with the documentary genre. Everyday reality and the camera are seamlessly blended with the poetry of movement. The films selected by me demonstrate what life means to dance, how dance can capture the artist, how much joy, dilemmas, emotions and dramas it brings. By attending the screenings viewers can experience all this as well”.
Aleksandra Osowicz, Curator of the Dance Cinema Programme / “Ciało Mówi – Taniec na Ekranie” [The Body Talks – Dance on the Screen]
“The Body.mov programme is focused on contemporary images of the body in the context of dance films. It refers to different areas of body expression and its perception in the artistic, social and cultural contexts. Each of the events will be devoted to the discussion of a different problem, different experiences, analysed from various perspectives via the most intriguing dance films of the past few years.
The screenings will be followed by meetings with guests – dance and film artists and experts”.
Regina Lissowska-Postaremczak, Curator of the Dance Cinema / „Body.mov” programme
One of the goals of the Dance Art Center in 2018 is the commencement of practical educational activities addressed to people interested in contemporary dance, choreography and performance arts. This year we are planning to hold four Dance Workshops Programmes:
CLASSICS REVISITED – classical dance for contemporary artists, a series of workshops for intermediate dancers run by Marek Zajączkowski.
5 FACES OF CONTEMPORARY DANCE – five workshops in art education in the area of contemporary dance run by dancers, artists and instructors from Warsaw, Poznań and Kraków. The workshops are addressed primarily to people wanting to learn and perfect contemporary dance techniques such as floorwork, the techniques authored by José Limón, Martha Graham, William Forsythe, Flying Low dance technique by David Zambrano, or space movement as coined by Rudolf von Labana. Each workshop ends in an open presentation of work on the last Monday of the month.
MASTER CLASS WORKSHOP – run by an outstanding dancer and instructor from abroad. The workshop is addressed to professional contemporary dancers and dancers with advanced dancing and movement skills.
THROUGH THE PRISM OF MOVEMENT – four workshops addressed to various audiences covering the techniques discussed during the National Academic Conference “Dance in Warsaw. Society, Education, Culture”.
The workshops will be conducted by:
Natalia Oniśk – Kontact Improvisation
Izabela Chlewińska – Close, even closer – a workshop for children aged 2 to 4 accompanied by an adult.
Anna Opłocka and Zuzanna Kupidura – Kinetography workshops based on Laban-Knust methodology – the basics of notation and analysis of movement.
Piotr Zgorzelski – Methodology of teaching traditional dances in non-staged circumstances.
“Dance – the synthesis of spontaneity and artistry, an indispensable element of culture and, who knows if not the most transitory of all arts. Although recording dance became easier with the development of the film art, the art of dance survived primarily owing to one method, namely practice. This year, at the Dance Art Center we are focusing on the topic of Education so we have developed a rich offering of meetings with excellent dance teachers. We will hold five technical workshops, a series of twenty classes in classic dance, five workshops held as part of the National Academic Conference and the summer Master Class for professionals”.
Maja Katarzyna Molska, Movementum Foundation/Warsaw Dance Department, Curator of the Dance Workshop Programme
The Dance Art Center Animation programme is an example of taking advantage of the local potential of Warsaw-based NGOs and institutions running innovative projects in cultural education in Warsaw.
The Animation programme consists primarily of artistic workshops in the area of dance and the physical theatre addressed to various age groups: children, young adults and people with diverse movement skills originating from different social and cultural backgrounds, including socially marginalised communities. Each Animation Programme will end with a “work in progress” performance for the public held at the Culture Centre “Kadr”. The Dance Art Center animations will be held throughout the entire year.
1st ANIMATION PROGRAMME – DEMO VERSION
The author of the idea behind the project, the choreography and the instructor of the workshops held as part of the first instalment of the animations is dancer, choreographer and instructor Magdalena Przybysz. She will run the programme in collaboration with Ewa Tyralik and Katarzyna Mitschke. Fifteen young performers from Warsaw aged 3-13 will be attending contemporary dance workshops for 2 months. On the first day of spring they will present a choreographic performance following which the 3 experts will present contemporary educational methods.
“The name of the project on one hand is a reference to the term ‘demo’ or a trial or demonstrative version of a game or recording, and on the other to the word ‘democracy’. Just as a demo is released for the purpose of the recipient becoming familiar with the game, this performance is aimed at introducing the principles of democratic collaboration and emphatic communication to both children, their caretakers and teachers”.
Magdalena Przybysz, Curator of the 1st Animation Programme / “Demo Version”
Activities aimed at the encouraging reflections on dance both in terms of the theory and criticism of dance will be held as part of the programme. Comprehensive articles about dance in Warsaw as seen from different angles written especially for the Dance Art Center in mind will be published this year and a workshop on writing about dance will be held. A reliable, professional criticism of dance will benefit both the artists and the audience who is learning about dance and is shaping its receptive skills to a large extent via reading reviews and reports supporting the comprehension and perception of contemporary art. The workshops of writing about dance are addressed to people who want to develop their competence in this area and will cover the events held as part of the Dance Art Center projects (regular presentations of performances, premieres, coproduction projects, work in progress presentations, etc.). The workshop will be run by dance researcher and critic Hanna Raszewska-Kursa and it is addressed both to persons with some experience and those who would like to pursue an interest in dance criticism.
“We are addressing the workshop to participants over the age of 16. The workshops will be held throughout the entire year (with a break over the summer vacation period). In the first three months the workshop group will be open to all and afterwards we will be working as a closed group. Two meetings will be held as part of the project every month and we will watch a performance presented as part of the Performance Presentation Programme of the Dance Art Center in Warsaw”.
A photography exhibition is aimed at paying homage to the incredible work of photographers so appreciated by both the audience and dance art practitioners, who are capable of capturing this transitory art genre. The exhibition will feature photographs taken by Polish and international dance photographers during the performances of Warsaw-based artists. The photographic works will be displayed in the gallery space of the Culture Centre “Kadr” and online on the Dance Art Center website.
The community lab will be focused on the integration of Warsaw-based NGOs and individuals involved in dance-related activities in Warsaw (practitioners, theoreticians, managers, curators, culture animators). During the labs, the artists will be given the opportunity to learn their strengths and weaknesses, network with other artists from Warsaw, work out models for cooperation and development of the art of dance in Warsaw, discuss the functioning of the community, exchange ideas on issues that may arise within the dance community. The effects and materials worked out and developed during the community labs to be conducted in the summer will be published on the Dance Art Center website.
CURATORS OF DANCE ART CENTER PROGRAMME 2018
Choreographer, teacher, expert in culture theory, manager of culture. A graduate of the University of Zielona Góra, the University of Łódź and the University of Warsaw. She gained professional experience by taking part in coaching programs, academic conferences and workshops in most European countries and Israel, Brazil, India, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Australia, Indonesia, Japan, the USA, and Thailand. Two-time recipient of a scholarship of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Institute of Music and Dance. She co-organised in her capacity of curator and manager of culture the Re:wizje Warsaw Independent Art Festival and the Warsaw Dance Platform. Since 2010, she has been running artistic, educational and social projects. In her work she uses various techniques and methods including animal flow, authentic movement, bodywork, contact improvisation, ecstatic dance, improvisation.
Actress, performer, director, dramaturge and producer. Graduate of the Acting Department of the Łódź Film School (2001). Chairperson of the “NOWA FALA” Foundation for the Development of the Theatre, member of the chapter of the Social Dialogue Committee on Dance at the Bureau of Culture in Warsaw and co-organiser of the Dance Art Center in Warsaw. Since the beginnings, she has been a practitioner of the physical theatre involved in activities originating from different arts: the theatre, dance and performance arts. Worked as an actress at the Polski Theatre in Bydgoszcz for a few years. Co-producer and casting director of the Polish cast for the Polish version of The SHOW MUST GO ON with choreography by Jérôme Bel /Teatr Dramatyczny in Warsaw (2011) which she also took part in as producer and performer. Former Editor in Chief of the social and cultural periodical RAZEM. Świat w naszych oczach [TOGETHER. The world through our eyes]. She collaborated with the Ciało/Umysł Foundation as coordinator and producer of the Ciało/Umysł Festival and the Warsaw Dance Stage. In 2011, she founded the HOTELOKO Dance Company – currently HOTELOKO movement makers which she co-runs with Magdalena Przybysz. She was involved in over 20 theatrical, dance, social and educational projects in various capacities, as producer, director, actress and performer.
Holder of a PhD in humanities in the area of history musicology. She obtained her PhD degree for her doctoral dissertation written at the Musicology Institute of the John Paul II Catholic University in Lublin. Earlier she had graduated from the Department of Musicology at the University of Warsaw and completed Post-graduate Studies in Dance Theory at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. Completed training at the choreological workshops conducted at the Choreology Institute in Poznań by prof. dr. hab. R. Lange and mgr U. Loba-Wilgocka. She is a collaborator of the Studia Choreologica periodical and published her work in conference proceedings pertaining to the culture of Silesia, the theory of dance or the issues of time/rhythm in Polish folk art. Member of the Polish Choreological Forum, the Polish Ethnomusicological Seminar and the Warsaw Kinetography Workshop. Curator of the Dance Art Center Conference Programme 2018.
Graduate of the Polish Philology Department of the University of Warsaw and Post-graduate Studies in Dance Theory at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, doctoral canditate at the Institute of Art at the Polish Academy of the Arts. Completed training at the choreological workshops conducted at the Choreology Institute in Poznań by prof. dr. hab. R. Lange and mgr U. Loba-Wilgocka. Lecturer in dance theory (UMFC) and 20th and 21st century history of dance (Mazowiecki Instytut Kultury). Critic and writer (collaborator of various portals and publications including taniecPOLSKA.pl, nietak!t Inne strony teatru, teatralny.pl, Studia Choreologica). Member of the Polish Choreological Forum, the Open Forum of Dance Art. Communities, the Social Dialogue Committee on Dance in Warsaw, the International Dance Council CID, co-founder of the Warsaw division of CID-Varsovie, Chairperson of the “Myśl w Ciele” Foundation, founder and leader of the Warsaw Kinetography Workshop. Curator of the Dance Art Center Conference Programme 2018.
MAJA KATARZYNA MOLSKA
Funder and Vice Chairperson of the Movementum Foundation, Co-founder and Director of the Warsaw Dance Department, Psychotherapist and expert translator specializing in the areas of psychology and medicine. She runs her own psychotherapeutical pracrice. She is working with artist on the improvement of professional skills of artists and their personal development with the use of psychosomatic methods. For a few years she was a member of the governing bodies of the Polish Association of Dance and Movement Psychotherapy. Collaborates with the Psychosomatic Therapy Institute, Euforis Artists’Association, the Ciało/Umysł Foundation, the Polish DMT Institute and other institutions. For two years she run together with Irad Mazliah professional training in contemporary dance at the independent centre for culture and dance, namely the Warsaw Dance Department which she runs until today. Curator of the Dance Art Center Workshop Programme 2018.
Choreographer, psychologist, performer, teacher, coach. Graduated from the Department of Applied Psychology at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. Recipient of the scholarship of the Minister of Culture in 2013 in the field of Dance. Collaborated with the Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk, the Ciało/Umysł Foundation and the ‘NOWA FALA’ Foundation for the Development of the Theatre and HOTELOKO movement makers founded by Agata Życzkowska. She ran workshops in contemporary dance and education through movement at various institutions including the Centre for Therapy through Art at the Ludowy Theatre and the Music Academy in Kraków, in correction institutions for youth, social therapy centres and schools for students with special needs. Instructor at the Iwona Olszowska Course of Stage Choreography. Currently in the course of training to become a Somatic Movement Educator (the Body Mind Centering method) at Embody-Move in London. Curator of the Dance Art Center Animation: Demo Version Programme 2018.
Dancer, choreographer, filmlover, Graduate of the Forum Danca in Lisbon and the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław. Her first encounter with dance was in 1995. Ever since then she performed on the stages of theatres in Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Spain and Turkey. Her choreographic works were presented at numerous festivals including the Alkantara (Lisbon), the Guidanca (Guimaraes) and the Beautiful Movers (Córdoba). Co-author of an innivative dance festiwal, the Rusza Festival in Wrocław (2014-2015) and the Z Polski festival – an event organized as part of the European Culture Capital project (Donostia 2016). Collaborated as a curator with the International Dziecinada Theatre Festival and the Avant Art Festival during the Russian edition (2013), Turkish edition (2014), Lithuanian edition (2017) and the Japanese edition (2019). Curator of the Dance Cinema Programme.
Expert in theatre and dance research. Doctoral candidate at the Institute of the Theatre and Media Arts at the Adam Mickiewicz University and lecturer in the Dance in Physical Culture programme of studies at the Academy of Physical Education in Poznań. Author of numerous articles about dance published in periodicals such as TEATR, CriticalDance, Studia Choreologica, in online portals taniecPOLSKA.pl and e-teatr, in collective publications such as: Zwrot performatywny w kulturze, Strategie choreograficzne. Nowe perspektywy, Kronika Miasta Poznania. Taniec. She collaborated as director with the Teatr Wielki in Poznań on the opera entitled Mikołajek i inne chłopaki [Nicholas and the Other Boys] (2015), MovINg Opera: Wilda (2017). Author of choreographies staged at the Tanzfabrik and ACUD Theater in Berlin, Ratsgymnasium in Stadthagen, CK Zamek in Poznań. Since 2014, she has been curating Dances with Camera, an international programme showcasing films about dance as part of the Short Waves Festival. Curator of the Dance Cinema Programme.
Independent artist, illustrator, streetartist. Studied art and history of art. Director of short-feature films and animated films where he explores the ideas of sequential movement. Author of over 30 large-format portrait murals completed in Poland and in Europe, including the Gallery of Warsaw Culture Personalities and the Portrait Gallery in the Kazimierz district in Kraków. In 2011-2017 he travelled across Europe as part of his “Street Art Summer” project. Former teacher at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and the EAS. Currently heads the Department of Image Recording at the University of Warsaw and the Department of Illustration at the WSISiZ. Lecturer at a series of talks on visual culture which have been made into a radio show aired on TOKFM. Many-time member of the jury in graphic design competitions. TEDx 2017 Speaker. Curator of the CST 2018 Exhibition.
The organizers: Fundacja Artystyczna PERFORM, Fundacja Rozwoju Teatru ‘NOWA FALA’ / HOTELOKO movement makers
Project partner: Dom Kultury Kadr
Cooperation: Centrum w Ruchu, Fundacja B’cause, Fundacja Burdąg, Fundacja Ciało/Umysł, Fundacja Ciało się, Fundacja Movementum/Warsaw Dance Department, Fundacja „Myśl w Ciele” / Warszawska Pracownia Kinetograficzna, Fundacja Rozwoju Tańca „Eferte” / Mufmi Teatr Tańca, Fundacja Scena Współczesna / Teatr Tańca Zawirowania, Fundacja Sztuka i Współczesność, Fundacja Sztuki Tańca, Fundacja Tradycji i Transformacji Sztuki / Teatr Tańca NTF, Stowarzyszenie „Akademia Umiejętności Społecznych”/ Teatr Limen Butoh, Stowarzyszenie i Kolektyw Artystyczny Format ZERO, Stowarzyszenie Ja Ja Ja Ne Ne Ne / TukaWach, Stowarzyszenie Strefa Otwarta / Warszawski Teatr Tańca, Stowarzyszenie Sztuka Nowa
Media patronage: portal taniecPOLSKA.pl, TVP Kultura, RDC, e-teatr, miesięcznik TEATR, Teatr dla Wszystkich, Teatralia.com.pl, TANIEC, Warsawholic, Notes na 6 tygodni, Going.
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