Other Dances is a group exhibition that that takes on board one of the most significant phenomena of new art in Poland in the recent years: the bold experiments by the creators of dance, theatre, performance, visual arts and experimental music, which have combined into the phenomenon referred to as the performative turnaround. There will be works of more than twenty artists including The Chorus of Women, Krzysztof Garbaczewski, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Komuna//Warszawa, Konrad Smoleński, Aleksandra Wasilkowska, Wojtek Ziemilski and Marta Ziółek.
For the artists represented in Other Dances, Jerzy Grotowski’s para-theatrical activity, the theatrical and happenings legacy of Tadeusz Kantor or classical performance art are all significant, if usually negative, points of reference. They draw more enthusiastically on the achievements of relational aesthetics, alternative music, theory of performativity, post-dramatic theatre or conceptual dance.
The starting point of Other Dances is the premise that there comes a time to stop examining archives and begin creating one’s own. One of the main threads present in the exhibition is the archive of contemporaneity, which has been collecting significant works of recent years and which are relevant to this exhibition. Their introduction into the structure of the archive is synonymous with the commitment to write a new narrative.
The title Other Dances refers to the production put on in 1982 by one of the most important formations of Polish experimental theatre – AR, or the Academy of Movement. There are complex reasons for this acknowledgement. Firstly, the AR is an important precursor of the present performative turnaround. Secondly, we must interpret the phrase ‘other dances’ as a message: this exhibition confronts the viewers with what is new in art, what is changing the game plan, broadening out the scope of engagement, and which for these reasons has not yet acquired a definitive description or been confined within a theoretical framework. Thirdly, the reference to the Academy of Movement calls attention to the tradition of the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art (Wojciech Krukowski, the director of Ujazdowski Castle for many years, had been the founder of the Academy) as an interdisciplinary institution that has abandoned the formal departmentalisation into visual and performative arts, instead following the current artistic praxis.
The works shown at the exhibition include records of ground-breaking productions by Marta Ziółek, Komuna//Warszawa, Anna Karasińska and the Chorus of Women, fragments of eccentric stage sets by Aleksandra Wasilkowska, interactive installations by Krzysztof Garbaczewski and Wojtek Ziemilski, sound interventions by Konrad Smoleński and Wojtek Blecharz, sculptures and photographs by Aneta Grzeszykowska and the films of Karol Radziszewski.
The performative and discursive programmes that accompany the exhibition are its integral parts, as are the four artistic residencies realised in collaboration with the Institute of Music and Dance and the research project Cartographies of Strangeness. The exhibition Other Dances has been created as a result of two years of research, which included thematic workshops with students from the Institute of Polish Culture at Warsaw University.
Curator: Agnieszka Sosnowska
Coordination: Anna Kobierska, Olga Kozińska
Artists: Academy of Movement, Wojtek Blecharz/Ewa-Maria Śmigielska, Bracia, The Chorus of Women, Oskar Dawicki/Łukasz Ronduda/Maciej Sobieszczański, Krzysztof Garbaczewski/Dream Adoption Society, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Anna Karasińska, Komuna//Warszawa, Ola Maciejewska, Ania Nowak, Weronika Pelczyńska, Wojciech Pustoła, Karol Radziszewski, Jan Smaga, Konrad Smoleński, Aleksandra Wasilkowska, Anna Zaradny, Wojtek Ziemilski, Marta Ziółek
Performative programme: The Chorus of Women, Joanna Leśnierowska, Ola Maciejewska, Agata Maszkiewicz, Ramona Nagabczyńska, Magda Ptasznik, Iza Szostak, Marta Ziółek and others
Residencies: Alex Baczyński-Jenkins, Ania Nowak, Karol Tymiński, Maria Zimpel
Stage Direction: Tomasz Plata
Spatial arrangement: Aleksandra Wasilkowska
Organiser: Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art
Institution financed by:
Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Adam Mickiewicz Institute
Performative residencies partners:
Institute of Music and Dance, National Programme for the Development of Humanities, Cartographies of Strangeness, IKP UW
TOK FM, “Gazeta Wyborcza”, Wyborcza.pl Warszawa, “Co Jest Grane 24”, “K Mag”, “Aktivist”, “ELLE”, “ELLE Decoration”