Piotr Mateusz Wach – a Polish performer, dance and physical theatre artist. He graduated from the Ludwik Solski State Theatre School (currently: Stanisław Wyspiański Academy of Theatre Arts) – Dance Theatre Department in Bytom, Summer International Academy of Fine Arts and Media in Venice (choreography and performance) and Lart StudiO School of Acting in Cracow.
In his artistic work, he has cooperated, among others, with: Yoshiko Waki, Cecilia Moisio, Brian Michaels, Helena Jonsdottir, Tomasz Bazan, Jacek Poniedziałek, Anna Piotrowska, Mikołaj Mikołajczyk. He currently cooperates with the INTERNO5 Collective in Naples, Bodytalk Collective in Münster and Deep Control Collective in Oslo. He also works with ROZBARK Bytom Dance and Movement Theatre. In addition to his artistic work, he is also an academic teacher, giving lectures on performance art at the Dance Department of the Academy of Physical Education in Poznań.
He received numerous prizes for his unique performances inspired by Shakespeareʼs characters – among others: the Grand Prix of the 21st Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival (Ritual 23 or Paintings From the Death of the Leader, 2017), the “Shaking The Walls” award for Calibanʼs Dream (2019) and the “Gloden Skull” award for Richard. The Body of Wrath (2015). He also won the “Golden Mask” of the Silesian Voivodeship for choreography (2013), received a scholarship from the Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship (2015) and represented Poland during the SoloDuo dance competition in Budapest (2015). Twice, granted the scholarship of the Alternative Dance Academy (2018, 2019) organised by Grażyna Kulczykʼs Art Stations Foundation in Poznań. He is also a scholar of the Warsaw 2020 Biennale. He took part in artistic residency projects in Berlin, Cracow, Gdańsk and Iceland.
His artistic endeavours encompass extreme processual physical practices, deep listening and creation of images. Wach is interested in meditative forms of performing arts, the most important of which is immersive video performance. His works are moving images stretched in time – hypnotic, meditative and disturbing. He always places himself in situations of real experience and thus confronts his viewers with it. Combining his theatrical background with performance art, he creates ambient events during which he plays with the viewerʼs perception. In his artistic works, the body is both an anatomical and biological structure and a set of cultural contexts. Moving in the field of trance and ritual, Wach balances between postromanticism and cyberpunk, seeking to deconstruct the normative elements of social life. He focuses on working with perception and provocation, exploring fetishism in its broad sense and creating situations of pure experience.
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