CENTRALA w RUCHU. Urban Dance Lab

project description

The Learning From Warsaw curators have invited the choreographers of the Centrum w Ruchu (Centre in Motion) to create a series of dance improvisations relating to the project’s title and Warsaw’s architecture that will come to life as part of a three-day workshop with architects of the CENTRALA (HUB) architectural design group – Małgorzata Kuciewicz and Simone de Iacobis. Each workshop day and each show will be dedicated to a different issue.

Choreographer Marysia Stoklosa describes her experience of this three-day collaboration.

Day one: How does one discover the phenomenology of architecture?
In architecture the body is used to measure space. Feet, elbows, fingers. In response to these architectural practices we start using our full bodies, we also use all objects we bring with us - tram tickets, receipts, wallets glasses cases, identity cards, bank cards, apples, cookies, waterbottles, lip-gloss, pencils, bags, trousers, shirts, socks, shoes, bras, underwear, our naked bodies. In this cold, clean, empty space the body seems to be a relevant tool for measuring.




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Day two: Where are the layers of space?
Underlining Warsaw’s architecture is a military plan of how to manouvre people in times of revolution. Wide streets and accessible paths. There is no place for barricades, and all the streets are well accessible for the tanks. What do we create to move the audience? How do we move in order to make them turn their heads, to make them walk and follow us? How can we make them feel trapped? What do we do to make the audience sit and listen? How do we make them lose interest and walk away?.

Day three: How to start an architectural project.
What does it take to start an architectural project? What does an architect consider before beginning? How do we start a choreographic project? How do these projects creates a model? Enclosure, expansion, reduction, reconstruction. What if these tools became a score for a movement and object improvisation? As architects and performers together, we create a realm, and we expand it, we reduce it to its most relevant elements, we recreate it with our bodies replacing objects, and our memories replacing the starting point.

#1 DAY (30 September) – Phenomenology of architecture
#2 DAY (1 October) – Space layers
#3 DAY (2 October ) – Project


Participants: Aleksandra Borys, Simone De Iacobis (CENTRALA), Małgorzata Kuciewicz (CENTRALA), Weronika Pelczyńska, Marysia Stokłosa, Izabela Szostak, Karol Tymiński

fot. Diana Lelonek
fot: Simone De Iacobis

This project is organized by Artists-In-Residence Laboratory at the CCA Ujazdowski Castle and Kunstverein Zurich. Supported by Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Warsaw City Council and Kultur Stadt Zürich.Curated by Nele Dechmann, Nicola Ruffo & Agnieszka Sosnowska.


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