The Centre for Culture in Lublin and the Maat Project Theatre present the finale of Poland’s first residency festival – a common space for dancers who will speak to the audience with their bodies in a specially designed venue. Throughout 2013 the Maat Studio at the Centre for Culture in Lublin hosted eight dancers-in-residence. While at work, they were recorded on camera by Patrycja Płanik. Now is the time to show the public how the residencies unfolded, and the organisers want to focusing the audience’s attention on the creative process at such. We will see performances from Magdalena Jędra, Anna Steller, Anita Wach, Kaya Kołodziejczyk, Rafał Urbacki, Przemek Kamiński, Korina Kordova, Barbara Bujakowska, Mikołaj Mikołajczyk.
Mikołaj Mikołajczyk is going to present Projekt Lutosławski... Jesteś kimś kogo kiedyś znałem [Project Lutosławski … You Are Somebody I Used to Know]. Talking about the piece, the artist said: “The perverse title of the project was born out of my reflection about the consequences of some bizarre and unexpected situations which have occurred in my life. A month ago I was disgracefully and brutally stripped of my faith in people, my faith in friends, my faith in a normal and predictable world. In a time of trial, I was drifting alone on a rough sea of mercy and good will of people I am dependent on. The state of permanent emptiness and lost faith in friendship made me decide to explore the issue. In a sociological context, friendship is strongly linked to enmity. A common enemy very effectively binds two friends together. Friends have the tendency to exaggerate vices of the people they share a dislike for and to ignore their virtues. My friend is half of my soul, said Horace, my friend my second self, said Theophrastus of Eresos. And so I set out on a quest looking for trust, loyalty, sympathy and honesty, looking for my second self, a friend.”
Direction and choreography: Mikołaj Mikołajczyk
The year 2013 is a turning point for Maat Festival as it transforms itself into an international residency programme and becomes a specific “home of dance” where audiences will be able to interact with guest artists the whole year long, with their residencies proceeding one after another throughout the year and culminating in December 2013. This elaborated formula makes the programme a precedence in Poland. Each residency will be accompanied with a docufiction film presenting the guest artist, eventually creating a body of unique film material. The organisers are hoping for the programme to become a permanent platform for performance art and dance in Poland.
Each festival event will be preceded by a promotion of the Polish translation of Sally Banes’ book Terpsichore in Sneakers and Anna Królica’s book Pokolenie solo [The Solo Generation].