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. Anita Wach will show her piece Mute.
Talking about the piece, Anita Wach said: “The feeling of weariness caused by my own disorientation is seemingly reaching its peak. To be in the position and do something, or not to be in it and do nothing? Or perhaps not to be and do something? Because doing nothing and not being seems too radical. So, perhaps, then, to be and do nothing? Nothing at all. Rebel. Boycott oneself completely. Go on a strike! Stop moving. Troublesome. So, become a strike-breaker instead? How about an Italian strike? But how? My utter indecisiveness maintains the status quo of me as a relatively free person. I surrender to mimicry and strenuously practice my flexibility to be able “not to give a damn” with grace. Although as a citizen I do have a vague feeling that I should get a big-time hiding. I keep not giving a damn, nonetheless. I calm down, do a striptease, give my voice to those I believe, those I support, admire and respect. Those who also astonish me, inspire me, anger me, irritate me, intrigue me and puzzle me. They are great. Unrivalled. They are fearsome. The artists. I give them my voice and body, so you’re going to witness me doing work for which I accept no responsibility. And this gives me great peace of mind. Uff.”
Direction and choreography: Anita Wach.
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].