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Hygin Delimat "Slowstepper — On The Edge Of Survival", photo by Dainius Putinas

Gdańsk/Polish Dance Platform 2019: Hygin Delimat "Slowstepper — On The Edge Of Survival"

6 September 2019 | 16:00 | Gdańsk: Wybrzeże Theatre, ul. Świętego Ducha 2

performance presentation

As part of Polish Dance Platform 2019 Hygin Delimat will present his performance Slowstepper — On The Edge Of Survival.


About the performance:


On The Edge Of Survival. In the essential need for Survival we are not different than other species. They all need food, and a proper environment to live in. However, what is it that only we, humans, need for survival? Is the sphere of life beyond survival the actual thing that differentiates us from other organisms?


Survival is visible in physical dualities: weak-strong, virtuous-vulnerable… On the one hand, there is the Body on the edge, the Body in crisis, the Body of a plane crash survivor, the Body drained of water and energy. And yet, there also exists a superhero of Survival through the trained, and prepared Body, the Body of extreme sports, the Body of Power. Movement is the main drive of the performance. Slowstepper explores extremes in terms of inner resistance, speed, duration, and a potential beauty that happens in consequence.


Tardigrades (Water Bears) are omnipresent microscopic animals that can survive in almost any conditions on Earth, regardless of extreme temperature, pressure, or radiation (also Space vacuum). Tardigrade comes from Latin and stands for “stepping slowly”.


choreography, light design, performance: Hygin Delimat

music: NASA Opensource, Karol Kensee (remix Alice Coltrane)

mentoring: Rui Horta

lights during the show: Marcin Denkiewicz

production: Hygin Delimat / Body Architects

partners (artistic residencies): Arts Printing House Vilnius, O Espaco Do Tempo Montemor-O-Novo, ProDanca Lizbona, Eira Lizbona, EKA Unity Lizbona, Polo Gaivotas Lizbona

thanks to: Viktor Janas, Ines Santos, Anton Skrzypiciel, Rita Vilhena, Noemi Wagner

premiere: 4 April 2018, Arts Printing House, Vilnius

duration: 45 minutes


The performance features strobe lights.


Dance on Tour Austria – a project by Tanzquartier Wien in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.


Hygin Delimat – choreographer and performer, lighting designer; the founder of performative group Body Architects in Vienna. He graduated in Movement Research (M.A.) and Dance Pedagogy (M.A.) from the Anton Bruckner University in Linz. A holder of the DanceWEB scholarship 2013, Ministry of Culture in Austria and the City of Linz. Hygin has choreographed works for architekturforum oberoesterreich Linz, Aura Dance Theatre Lithuania, Hannes Kerschbaumer. In his artistic research as a mover, he integrates approaches and philosophies of urban movement arts (breakdance, tricking, hip-hop) and somatic methods.




The Polish Dance Platform aims to seek out and promote the most interesting original dance productions made in Poland or by Polish choreographers. The finale of the forthcoming edition of the Polish Dance Platform will be held on 5-8 September 2019 in Gdańsk.


For the first time, the Polish Dance Platform will also feature the Kids Dance Platform – a showcase of dance performances dedicated to young audiences. The programme of the Kids Dance Platform encompasses performance presentations, a panel discussion and accompanying events. The Kids Dance Platform will be held on 30-31 August 2019 at the Miniatura Theater
in Gdańsk


The Polish Dance Platform is organized by the Insitute of Music and Dance and co-organized by Teatr Dada von Bzdülöw Association and Polka dot Foundation. The main partner of the event is the Institute of Adam Mickiewicz. Co-financed by the City of Gdańsk.


Partners of the project: European Solidarity Centre, Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre, City Culture Institute, Miniatura City Theatre, The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre, Baltic Opera House, Wybrzeże Theatre, Club ŻAK, Gdynia Film School, Colony of Artists, POLsail, Janina Jarzynówna-Sobczak Ballet School, Twoja Stocznia, 100cznia.


Media partners: "Didaskalia. Gazeta Teatralna", Magazyn "Presto",,, Radio Gdańsk S.A., "Gazeta Wyborcza Trójmiasto//Co Jest Grane 24", TVP Kultura, TVP2.





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