Circe – Experimental Platform for Dance and Theatre (GE) and Performat Foundation (PL) presents an online screening of performance: The pure gold is seeping out of meby Renata Piotrowska-Auffret and a panel discussion with invited guests The Women-Artists. Social Choreographies
Date of the online screening: 7 November, 8:00 pm (GMT+4), 5:00 pm (GMT+2)
Date of the panel discussion: 8 November, 7:00-9:00 pm (GMT+4), 4:00-6:00 pm (GMT+2)
About the performance: The pure gold is seeping out of me by Renata Piotrowska-Auffret
For many women, the desire to give birth seems obvious. What if, however, this desire is being rejected and impossible to fulfill due to legal regulations and restrictions?
In her new work, Piotrowska-Auffret explores this area and looks at the relationship between personal and professional life. The artist relies both on her personal experience and on other women’s narratives. She examines this female yearning through a network of reproduction policies, numerous promises and attempts to exploit it.
Idea, choreography: Renata Piotrowska-Auffret
Performance and texts: Renata Piotrowska-Auffret and guests
Collaboration: Karolina Kraczkowska, Aleksandra Osowicz
Dramaturgy: Bojana Bauer, Renata Piotrowska-Auffret
Dramaturgy consultant: Magdalena Ptasznik
Editing assistant: Michał Kurkowski
Lighting: Monika Krześniak
Visual design: Aleksandra Osowicz
Music: Camille Saint-Saens, Ferenc Liszt, Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, The Kurws
Organisers: Fundacja Burdąg, Centrum w Ruchu
Coproduction: MAAT Festival
Partners: Nowy Teatr, Wawerskie Centrum Kultury, Instytut Adama Mickiewicza, Instytut Muzyki i Tańca, Centre National de la Danse
Producer: Performat Production – Karolina Wycisk
The performance will be broadcast online on Vimeo platform (link with a password). For the password, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the panel discussion:
Panel discussion with invited guests The Women-Artists. Social Choreographies
Referring to the 100th anniversary of womenʼs constitutional right to vote and the following enhancement of the active role of women in public space in Poland, we would like to focus on the social context of the artistic work of women-choreographers in Poland and to compare it with the situation in Georgia where the contemporary dance scene is still very young and dynamic. Our main focus is on how female artists, connected mainly to the dance scene, work and live in both countries.
The questions we would like to ask are: how do female artists operate function (independent or within the collectives) and how do they combine their private lives with the professional ones?; what are the advantages and disadvantages of living between: residencies, projects, cities?; what are (if they already do exist) the mechanism of support of their artistic work? or how can we change the current situation by combing the politics of care with the awareness of the artistic work?
We would like to map the above mentioned issues but also find out possible solutions of the so-called „female” dance scene both in Poland and Georgia.
The discussion will also refer to the performance The pure gold is seeping out of me” by Renata Piotrowska-Auffret, which touches on the subject of motherhood. Oscillating between the private and the public sphere, the performance points out the complexity of the problem. The screening of the performance will be available online before the discussion.
The panel will be attended by artists involved in the project, Renata Piotrowska-Auffret (PL) and invited guests: Honorata Martin (PL), Ana Subeliani (GE) and Nini Khuroshvili (GE). The panel will be led by Polish curators and researchers – Anna Majewska and Zuzanna Berendt.
Renata Piotrowska-Auffret is a Polish choreographer and artist; in her works, she uses the tools of experimental dance, performative arts, dramaturgy and theatre. In 2014, she initiated a series of Private Pieces – performances about the female body politics. Within this series, she has already created the following works: Death: Exercises and Variations (2014), The pure gold is seeping out of me (2017) and Flatland of limp muscles (2019). She was a priority artist in the framework of Aerowaves Twenty17 and Aerowaves Twenty19. To see the full biography: renatapiotrowska.pl.
Honorata Martin is a painter, performer, and multimedia artist from Poland. She graduated from Fine Arts Academy in Gdańsk. In her work Honorata Martin uses different forms of art. She is interested in the strong emotions which accompany fighting our own limits and fears, searching for limits of psychological, physical and emotional strength, which she tries to present trough both brutal and humorous forms. She won 3rd prize in the Geppert competition (2011) and audience awards at the Art Biennale in Gdańsk (2012). In 2016 she was nominated for Polityka’s Passport. Her last solo exhibition was Bóg Małpa / God Monkey in BWA Gallery in Zielona Góra in 2016. To see the full biography: culture.pl/pl/tworca/honorata-martin#.
Ana Subeliani is a queer activist, human rights defender and a Journalist from Georgia. She has been actively involved in various movements in Georgia fighting for equality, women’s rights, liberalization of inhuman drug policy and anti-occupational movements. She also used to be a public servant and leading restorative justice and crime prevention reforms in Georgia. Ana is a founder of the Institute of Nonviolent Communications. She is one of the leaders of Tbilisi Pride advocating and fighting for LGBT rights and she is also a host of a rubric Call Ana which is focused on human rights and social issues on one of the most popular TV channels Mtavari Arkhi. Together with being an active citizen and fighting for human rights, Ana Subeliani is a performer as well. She sings Georgian traditional songs and also, collaborates with modern alternative musicians. She uses dance as a tool of political resistance. She was one of the organizers and leaders of “Rave Revolution” in Tbilisi, in May 2018, after the raid of nightclub Bassiani. She danced on the Memorial to the victims of the 9 April tragedy as a symbol of fighting for freedom, after which she received death threats and became a victim of physical attacks twice. Her dance opened a wide discussion about women’s rights, the right of expression and dance as tool of protest.
Nini Khuroshvili is an artist and researcher. She has 7 years experience of active work in the field of art, specifically in self-organized groups. Currently, she is also involved in the “Eco Village – Georgia” initiative group, which aims to establish the first ecologically and economically sustainable village in Georgia. Nini is interested in collecting Women’s experiences and stories, researching the structures of women’s self-organizing groups and examples of their sustainability.
The discussion will be held online, the audience will have an opportunity to get involved in the discussion.
Language of the discussion: English. The discussion will be simultaneously translated into Georgian.
The events are held within the framework of the project led by Performat Foundation (PL) and Circe Platform — Experimental Platform for Dance and Theatre (GE) entitled Polki. Choreografie społeczne / The Poles. Social Choreographies / პოლონელები. სოციალურიქორეოგრაფია
Co-financed within the Multiannual Programme NIEPODLEGŁA 2017-2022, as part of Adam Mickiewicz Instituteʼs “Cultural Bridges” grant programme