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. Anna Steller will show her piece Solove.
Talking about the piece, Anna Steller said: “Expressing emotions through the body – here is a clichéd phrase which can be easily applied to any production whatsoever in which someone is experiencing some emotion when dancing. Unable to give it a new definition, once again I am gathering my courage to experience “something” on stage and to share this “thing” with the audience. In order to evoke a variety of emotional states in myself, I will use Sara Kane’s Crave, a text that conveys an unnerving trauma of rejected love, a biblical parable of love and acute helplessness of loneliness. The idea for this piece was conceived during my 11-day artistic residency in Lublin and took shape as a result of a series of assignments that I gave myself during my stay in the city. While in the studio, in public spaces, at home or out of doors, I was consciously filling my time with various tasks. Getting home from the studio was a mindful journey devoted to the observation of the surrounding reality. It was a kind of meditation, living the time instead of watching it flow, focusing on details which normally slip you by. I became an object which is influenced by the outside world and which shapes myself at the same time.”
Direction and choreography: Anna Steller.
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].