Site-specific is a part of Central Dance Stage project in Warsaw. It creates the space for exploration of activities on the verge of dance, choreography and site-specific art. Site-specific art includes artistic activities designed to function in a precisely defined place and artistic interventions in space that transform it. Through the participatory and interactive nature, as well as through the implementation of creative activities and performative presentations in public spaces, the viewer often becomes an integral part of this practice and work. The aim of this bock is to promote interdisciplinary and experimental art, which include site-specific activities. Going with dance beyond dance spaces and rehearsal rooms is a unique opportunity for dancers to change perspectives, be inspired by the surroundings, hear and feel the specificity of space. This questioning of the institution as the only place to present art works the broad spectrum of the penetration of contemporary art, in this case the art of dance and everyday life.
Curator: Angelika Mizińska
Ecosomatic choreographic practices” is a research and artistic microprocess during which a team of choreographers – Alicja Czyczel, Katarzyna Sztarbała, Natalia Oniśk – will build relationships with local nature and collectively produce tools, scores and a sensitive language for describing the experience emerging at the intersection of work with movement, selected areas of somatics and being careful in the specific natural surroundings of Warsaw. It is important for us to weave into our situated and embodied processes of co-becoming an eco-critical sensitivity to multi-species dependencies and material world-creation.
The weekly process will be spread over time and will develop in wild corners, riverside areas and wastelands of Warsaw with the creative participation of invited guests, representatives of other fields of art and science.
During the sharing there will be an open-minded moment of being-with. We invite you to follow the work during the process and in the show dedicated to the public on June 14 at 8.00pm.
Artists: Alicja Czyczel (initiator of the team’s work), Natalia Oniśk, Katarzyna Sztarbała Marta Szypulska (costiumes)
Kuratorka: Angelika Mizińska
Dates of the residence: June 11-16, 2021
Public sharing: June 14.00, 2021, 8PM
Place: Stone. Educational pavilion
Photos: Marta Ankiersztejn-Węgier
“We focus too much on ourselves, forgetting that we are not the only animals on Earth” – Joanna Bednarek’s statement became the starting point for the choreographic practice proposed here. The natural-cultural shape of the environment is the result of thousands of interspecies interactions. What seems only a landscape for human activity are complex relationships with other living organisms. Relationships that we humans take for granted, which we often fail to see, and it is our ignorance, our interspecies unawareness, prevent us from seeing the present catastrophe – mass extinction of species. And yet, since we are one ecosystem, isn’t it so that when one species becomes extinct, part of the ecosystem, and thus part of us, die out?
Ordovician extinction (about 438 million years ago).
Devonian extinction (about 374 million years ago).
Permian extinction (about 250 million years ago).
Triassic extinction (about 201 million years ago).
Cretaceous extinction (about 66 million years ago).
Sixth Extinction: Now.
What form can it take to notice and become aware of these broken relationships? How does this affect the landscape?
“Documenting known extinctions may seem like the only way to prove we’re in the midst of a biotic crisis; this is the evidence the sceptics are demanding. After all, there can’t be a murder case if nobody was found. (…) I think that the “anecdotal” testimonies of extinction around the world, passed on to us by ecologists, are merely mentions of a catastrophic state of reality, and the processes of extinction proceed quietly, in most cases even without our knowledge “
During the week-long residence, together with the invited guests: Agata Siniarska, Justyna Stasiowska, Magda Fejdasz, Ewa Rucińska and Dana Chmielewska, we will reflect on how we perceive the surroundings and what relationship we establish with it. Through the choreographic methodology, we will try to develop an awareness of the environment and the ability to navigate between different channels of attention. As our activities will take place in the city, the city will become our research point, understood as the ecosystem of the interspecies community. We will perform for and with its inhabitants, both human and non-human, in places tamed by man and those annexed by nature.
Artists: Aleksandra Osowicz, Agata Siniarska, Justyna Stasiowska, Magda Fejdasz, Ewa Rucińska and Dana Chmielewska
Kuratorka: Angelika Mizińska
Dates of the residence: August 9-15, 2021
Public sharing: August 15, 2021, 6PM
Place: Mała Kaśka, Water Trearment Pland, Gocław, near Sikierkowski Bridge
Photos: Maja Tybel, Marta Ankiersztejn-Węgier
During the third site-specific residency, as a group of artists and artists working in the form of a collective, we will explore the topic of movement and migration. In our process, we will explore the subject both at the level of the body and mindfulness, as well as in the area of ways to overcome urban spaces where the urbanized landscape is intertwined with greenery and nature. Through the use of improvisational and choreographic methodologies, we will develop awareness of the environment and the ability to navigate in space as a collective body. We will observe the movement of attention within and beyond our kinosphere. We will deepen our understanding of what it means to walk, move and migrate at the level of movement and change location in physical space during the Covid-19 pandemic, in the age of digital information, in the liminal space of urban chaos. We will immerse ourselves in the process of reflection, starting from the place of curiosity, we will ask ourselves the following questions: Where and how does our attention migrate? How do sensory stimuli allow our mindfulness to migrate within and beyond our own kinosphere? How do these stimuli allow us to move around? What pushes us to change? How do space and circumstances define the ways of moving? What questions does the earth we walk on? What questions does the act of walking ask me as a human? How to ask questions while walking? Do I make the decision to change (place) on my own, or do we make it together, or maybe it is the decision that makes “me/us”? Is the change out of curiosity, compulsion, or need? When is the time to make a change? When does a person migrate: are they looking for answers or new questions?
Artists: Agnieszka Bogusławska, Aleksandra Dahan, Yuliya Dzichkouskaya, Tomasz Domański, Tomasz Jagusztyn-Krynicki, Angelika Mizińska
Curator: Angelika Mizińska
Dates of the residence: September 16-29, 2021
Event for public: September 29, 2021, 5:00 p.m.
Place: Tadeusz Mazowiecki Park
Photos: Yuliya Dzichkouskaya, Marta Ankiersztejn-Węgier