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. Kaya Kołodziejczyk will show her piece SOL.
S.O.L. stands for Shit Out of Luck and signifies a hopeless situation when one is left with no more options. In Latin “sol” means “the sun”, it is also the Nordic goddess of the Sun, and may describe a Martian day or the G. It is also the name of a piece on which Kaya Kołodziejczyk started conceptual work in 2013, exploring the aim of movement, the message that performance art communicates today and a critical reflection on new tendencies. As a guest at Mad Brook Farm of Steve Paxton and Lisa Nelson, Kaya Kołodziejczyk had the chance to participate in workshops and get better acquainted with the work of the forerunners of contact improvisation. Going further in her research, she became interested in artists connected with the Back to Land movement, and she juxtaposed the idea of returning to nature with today’s artists’ need to isolate themselves in order to find creative focus (the example of Bread and Puppet Theatre). The piece is the outcome of her reflection on her artistic career to-date, as well as an attempt to cast a critical eye on how contemporary dance functions, from a formal point of view, a few decades after the revolution launched by the pioneers of post-modern dance.
Direction and choreography: Kaya Kołodziejczyk – costume: Grzegorz Matląg – MALDOROR – music: Sun Ra Space is the place – original composition: Daniel Radtke – lighting design: Herman Venderickx – spacial arrangement: Magdalena Fela Jaszczuk – photography: Magda Starowieyska – project manager: Natalia Starowieyska – The project was supported by: Centre for Culture in Lublin, MAAT Project Theatre, 5th MAAT FESTIVAL 2013 and TRAFO – Trafostacja Sztuki, a center for contemporary art in Szczecin – co-production: Body/Mind Festival, APAP (Advancing Performing Arts Project) in association with the EU Culture Programme – Pre-premiere presentation: 20 Sept 2013 at the Studio Theatre in Warsaw.
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].