Grand re Union is a multigenerational international gathering of practitioners, thinkers, writers, scholars and audiences. The goal of the project is to give space, time and priority to examining, both in practice and through theoretical reflection and discussion, possible ways ofeffective addressing/opposing/resisting current world problems – the crisis precipitated by the growing extremism and the polarization tearing the fabric of inter-human and inter-species relations, and our connection to nature.
In the face of a world falling apart, we insist on being together. We gather, equipped with knowledge and tools generated through practices developed over decades of both artistic, choreographic and wider, socio-cultural, reflection and creation.
The center of the Earth is directly beneath each of us. We have something in common. So we show up to be changed, and by extension, to change the world. Together.
After the launch of www.grandreunion.net platform in June, from September 2020, we will continue monthly – every 3rd Saturday – gatherings online. We consider them to be an opportunity to pause, an invitation to suspend business as usual, a chance to create time, and make space for deep reflection. On Saturday, 19 September, we invite everyone to a series of talks, to listening and sharing sessions with a clear call to slow down & listen. Listen to understand. To Others, Others’ narratives, to Ourselves.
The open Zoom programme is accompanied with a monthly upload of materials prepared especially for this edition of the project. We invite you to discover them on our grandreunion.net platform, as well as in the special space created by Patryk Lichota, one of the many contributing Grand re Union’ers. Together with Patryk and many other artists and thinkers (Jule Flierl, Bush Hartshorn, Ewa Tyralik, Magda Przybysz, Karolina Wigura, Sara Shelton Mann, Kasia Sitarz, Lou Drago, a.o.) we invite you for a joint trip to The Grand VR Union planet.
Detailed information on zoom meetings with entering links and access and navigation for Grand VR Union will be shared on FB events and www.grandreunion.net on Friday, 18 September.
Jule Flierl | DE
We cannot help but breathing. And still respiration is a movement, a rhythm and a nourishment, that changes with the stories we decide to tell about it.
Inspiration, Expiration, Co-spiration is a somatic lecture, an online class and a choral experience of practicing gas exchange together.
Jule Flierl is an artist from Berlin/Germany who works with choreography and the voice. Using choreography and somatic singing methods, her scores unsettle the relationship between seeing and hearing: what you see is not always what you hear, and what you hear is not always what you see. Through her work and practices, Jule proposes that the voice itself is dancing. As a researcher, Jule is working on a history of European sound-dance. Jule is the founder and co-curator of FROM BREATH TO MATTER, a Berlin-based event series exploring and elevating sound-dance. For centuries, dancers on the European stage were muted. Flierl traces and contributes to the modern history in which the dancer's voice has re-emerged.
The Listening Station
Hosted by Bush Hartshorn | UK and Ewa Tyralik | PL
Welcome to The Listening Station.
This is the place to listen to stories and
to tell stories.
You are invited to come in and listen or
To come in and tell me a story,
a funny story, a sad story, a story from the past, a story from today, a story of the future,
your story, another's story, any story.
I can listen to any language
I only understand and speak English.
You are welcome to come under your real name or any other name of your choice. You are welcome to leave your camera on or put it in off mode.
Let’s breathe deeply
Bush Hartshorn graduated from Dartington College of Arts in 1982 with a degree in Theatre Language. From that time onwards Bush has pursued a career as a community artist, dramaturge, performer, theatre programmer and artistic director in UK, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland and Denmark. He is currently the Head of Artist Development at Dance Base, Edinburgh. In 2009, he qualified as a coach in Relational Dynamics which has informed his work in mentoring dance artists. Since January 2015, Bush has been mentoring/coaching artists in Australia, Cyprus, UK, Spain, Czech Republic, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Poland. This has all been underpinned by a lifelong commitment to Liverpool Football Club.
Ewa Tyralik-Kulpa is a communication coach of psychosocial skills and she is permanently associated with the School of Communication Based on Empathy. She lectures empathic communication based on NVC, running courses for organizations at Postgraduate Studies at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (SWPS) and for pedagogy students at the University of Warsaw. She wrote a practical guide on getting along: Ewka, What’s Wrong With You? How to Communicate to Connect (CoJaNaTo Publishing House). Ewa supports effective communication of organizations and managers. She also co-authors social campaigns and projects, including: Gratitude - a Ticket to Happiness, Family Friendly Psychologist and Corporation With a Soul (awarded by the Responsible Business Forum).
Karolina Wigura | PL
Taking emotions seriously. On empathy and politics.
talk with Q&A following / moderated by Marta Keil
Karolina Wigura is a sociologist, historian of ideas, and journalist. She is member of the Kultura Liberalna Foundation Board and an assistant professor at Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw. She studied philosophy, sociology and political science at the University of Warsaw and Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich. In 2016–2018 she co-directed Knowledge Bridges: Poland—Britain—Europe at St. Antony’s College at the Oxford University. She publishes in The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Journal of Democracy, The Neue Zürcher Zeitung, taz, The Guardian, and many other press outlets. Most recently, she co-edited a collection of texts about Polandʼs politics after 2015: The End of The Liberal Mind: Polandʼs New Politics.
Organisers and partners: Art Stations Fundation (Poznań), CounterPulse (San Francisco), Movement Reaserch (New York), Trust for Mutual Understanding, Muzeum Susch, Goethe Institut Warschau, The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Poland, Adam Mickiewicz Institute/Culture.pl.