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I'm a freelansing producer. I represent creators of the "Excavatory Ballet" performance. We are based in Warsaw, Poland.
"Excavatory Ballet" is a post-humanist landscape referring to the images of the declining world and humans that have taken hold of thoughts, media, and arts. The overheat of technological progress has already brought about the exhaustion of energy and natural resources. New ecosystems and ways to verbalise emotions must be introduced, as the old ones are dysfunctional and lead to increasingly greater separation. In a reality designed along these lines, the movement of a human being coupled with a machine is revised, as the human becomes a hybrid being.
The starting point for writing "Excavatory Ballet" was the work of Oskar Schlemmer – Bauhaus professor, painter, esthetician and dance reformer. Fascinated with the automatism of ballet dancers’ moves, Schlemmer saw their bodies as solids and figures inscribed in a geometrized space. He paid great attention to costumes, composition and the dynamics of lines and colors and the trajectory of moves. Iza Szostak translates Schlemmer’s Das Triadische Ballet into the language of construction machines. Referring to particular parts of the original choreography from 1923, she creates interdisciplinary action shared by two bodies and two machines; a dance combined with visual arts and sound performance.
The key element of working on the performance was an excavator operator course, during which Szostak and Sakowicz were learning how to professionally operate an excavator and were getting to know its motor possibilities little by little. That process allowed the performers to get real tools to explore the subject of the man’s power over the machine and the machine’s power over man.
idea, choreography, performance: Iza Szostak
choreographic collaboration, performance: Paweł Sakowicz
dramaturgy: Anka Herbut
space: Łukasz Kwietniewski
music: Kuba Słomkowski
lighting: Michał Głaszczka
production manager: Dominik Skrzypkowski
produced by: Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor "Cricoteka" in Kraków
co-produced by: Body/Mind, Burdąg Foundation
partner: Bergerat Monnoyeur
first presented as a work in progress: 1 October 2015, Body/Mind Festival, Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw
premiere: 8 November 2015, Cricoteka in Kraków (Telpod hall, ul. Romanowicza)
duration: 60 minutes
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