06 October 2011 to 09 October 2011

 

PROLOGUE

Wojtek Ziemilski

 

Artist's website: http://new-art.blogspot.com

Genre: interdisciplinary

Language: Polish, English (please consult the schedule)

 

Venue

Name: CK Rotunda

Address: Oleandry St. 1

 

Time

Thursday, 6 October: 12:00 (PL); 13:00 (PL); 21:00 (ENG) (45') [premiere]

Friday, 7 October: 12:00 (PL); 13:00 (PL); 14:00 (PL); 18:00 (ENG); 19:00 (ENG); 20:00 (ENG) (45')

Saturday, 8 October: 11:00 (PL); 12:00 (PL); 13:00 (PL); 18:00 (ENG); 19:00 (ENG); 20:00 (ENG) (45')

 

Please be careful: some of the shows will be given in Polish (PL) only and some others in English (ENG) only, it is important to choose the language you're most comfortable with.

 

Price

15 PLN

 

Crew

Concept and direction: Wojtek Ziemilski; Co-creator: Sean Palmer and Iza Szostak; Video projection technology: Marcin Ebert; Lighting designer: Karolina Gębska; Technical coordinator: Piotr Trojanowski (Teatr Ochoty); Design of set elements: Agnieszka Stanasiuk; Production coordinator: Joanna Trytek (Teatr Ochoty); Production: Krakowskie Reminiscencje Teatralne, Teatr Ochoty; Partner: Narodowe Centrum Kultury/National Centre of Culture; Co-operation: Zamek Ujazdowski Centre for Contemporary Art, Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute. Completed with the support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

 

Synopsis

Plant a stake crowned with flowers in the middle of the square; gather the people together there, and you will have a festival. Do better yet; let the spectators become an entertainment to themselves; make them actors themselves; do it so that each sees and loves himself in the others so that all will be united.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

 

"Prologue is a continuation of my explorations in the realm of social choreography. After The Map (2010), in which a particular individual physical action was the basis and a community stayed as a distant reflection or utopia, this project takes up at the moment of encounter. Is it possible to acknowledge that this occurrence, here and now, is an encounter? What are the possibilities of social choreography when it comes back onstage? And cannot “choreography” be understood as a movement of imagination? That is: if the change comes from within, what makes us persist so stubbornly in looking for it somewhere else?

The point of departure for these questions are personal histories, some true, some fictional. All of them are related to the act of inscribing oneself into some identity, and imagining oneself as part of a greater whole. As I’m writing it, I don’t know yet which of those stories will remain in the production.

Nevertheless, this situation in between a theatre production and a performative installation is not possible without the audience’s participation. It is partly a contemplation, partly a game. A performance from the beginning to the end."

Wojtek Ziemilski

 

Premiere on October 6, 2011 during the Krakow Theatrical Reminiscences Festival

 

III FURIES

Modjeska’s Theatre in Legnica

 

Company website: http://www.teatr.legnica.pl

Genre: Theatre

Language: Polish + English subtitles

 

Venue

Name: Muzeum Inzynierii Miejskiej (Urban Engineering Museum)

Address: sw. Wawrzynca St. 15, Old Tram Depot

 

Time

Thursday, 6 October, 18:00 (110')

 

Price

15 PLN

 

Crew

Direction: Marcin Liber; Script: Sylwia Chutnik, Magda Fertacz and Malgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk, based on the novel Dzidzia by Sylwia Chutnik and Executor by Stefan Dambski; Project of the mural inspired by Jacek Malczewski’s Melancholy: Tymek Jezierski; Space design: Marcin Liber; Costumes: Grupa Mixer; Live Music: Moja Adrenalina; Stage movement: Iwona Pasinska; Performers: Katarzyna Dworak, Ewa Galusinska, Joanna Gonschorek, Malgorzata Urbanska, Rafal Cieluch, Robert Gulaczyk, Wojciech Kowalski, Mariusz Sikorski

 

Synopsis

Directed by Marcin Liber, this production of the Legnica theatre is a surprising blend of a biting, critical look at the attitudes of helpless contemporary people and a witty reckoning with the difficult questions in Polish history. Based on fragments of Sylwia Chutnik’s novel Dzidzia and themes from the novel Executor by Roman Dambski, III Furies compile the two very skilfully to yield an organic, vivid plot which seamlessly combines all the stories with the help of popular songs and colloquial dialogues.

 

Eluding clear-cut definition and description, the performance has no obvious structure, and the plot repeatedly blurs to the benefit of a musical counterpoint or a particularly expressive scene. Yet neither makes it difficult to follow, also because the creators make references to common historical knowledge, as well as to individual cases, ruthlessly subjecting both to theatrical dissection.

The music and the sophisticated intellectual concept blended into one whole, operate inexorably, with great precision, with the force of a punch, turning the performance into a “collective exorcism”.

 

 

WE ARE OH SO LUCKY

Harakiri Farmers & Ana Brzezinska

 

Company website: http://pl-pl.facebook.com/pages/harakiri-farmers; http://www.behance.net/gallery/We-are-oh-so-Lucky

Genre: dance

Language: Polish + English subtitles

 

Venue

Name: PWST Theatre Academy

Address: Straszewskiego St. 22, Wyspianski Stage

 

Time

Thursday, 6 October: 18:00; 21:00 (50')

 

Price

15 PLN

 

Crew

Directed by Ana Brzezinska; Choreography / Performer: Dominika Knapik; Text: Ana Brzezinska; Wojtek Klimczyk; Camera: Julia Pelka; Video: HOBO (Ana Brzezinska, Mira Suchowiejko); Video cast: Klara Bielawka, Mariusz Zaniewski; Music: various artists

 

Synopsis

Harakiri Farmers’ performance, directed by Ana Brzezinska, has been presented on many European stages, but it is still relatively unknown in Poland. The language of dance in this production is inseparable from the dialogic sequence in the video. The dancer (Dominika Knapik), echoing Lucky from Beckett’s Waiting for Godot (hence the capital L in the title), is confronted with the video suspended between melodramatic recitation and trite dialogue. The hail of words (unusual in a dance project) enters into a direct discourse with the body hopelessly trying to “dance words”. And it is hard to say whether "Lucky is being affected by existential anxiety itself, (…) [or] crushed by the media performance." (Witold Mrozek, nowytaniec.pl). The half-ironic and half-banal video material, confronted with the dance, evolving from a formal and minimal structure to emotional role-building, disrupt the story, divesting it of any possible fictional frame. The whole is meant to challenge the viewer, his/her perception and interpretive ability.

 

 

QUIZOOLA!

Forced Entertainment

 

Company website: http://www.forcedentertainment.com

Genre: Theatre

Language: English

 

Venue

Name: Bunkier Sztuki

Address: Szczepański Sq. 3a

 

Time

Friday, 7 October, 18:00 (360')

 

Price

30 PLN

 

Crew

Conceived and devised by the company. Performers: Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden; Text: Tim Etchells and the company; Design/Lighting Design: Richard Lowdon. Commissioned by ICA Live Arts & National Review Of Live Art

 

Synopsis

A durational performance based on a text of 2000 questions. The piece lasts six hours and the audience are free to arrive, depart and return at any point.

 

Quizoola! is a “near-unclassifiable” performance which has been shown around the world over the last 15 years. The 6-hour-long presentation allows the audience members to leave any time, and come back later if they feel like it. But, as the director Tim Etchells recollects, “As performers, we’ve all seen audience members who have picked up their coats and are trying to leave, but it takes them 40 minutes to get out the door because they keep thinking, ‘I just want to hear the answer to the next question’.” The basis of the show consists of 2000 questions and answers. The list of questions includes the most simple (“Are you a natural blonde?”) as well as philosophical ones, requiring reflection (“What are trees?”). There are also humorous questions (“Do you think people have sexual fantasies about John McCain and Sarah Palin?”), as well as very personal (“Have you ever killed someone?”), and intimate (“Do you love me?”) The answers to these questions are improvised on the spot leaving the audience guessing whether they are sincere.

 

 

FLOE

Artistic Group Koncentrat

 

Company website: http://koncentrat.com

Genre: dance

Language: English + Polish subtitles

 

Venue

Name: S-3 Łęg TV Studio

Address: Nowohucka St. 44

 

 

Time

Friday, 7 October, 18:30 (50')

Saturday, 8 October, 19:00 (50')

 

Price

15 PLN

 

Crew

Choreography and dance: Rafal Dziemidok; Lights: Ewa Garniec; Space, music: Koncentrat; Artistic and conceptual co-operation: Nicole Seiler. Produced by Cultural Practitioners' Association, Central Artistic Basin, C/U festival

 

Synopsis

Taking place on a narrow strip of white floor, the Koncentrat Artistic Group’s piece is close to a lecture performance, with an undeniable formal element which situates Floe in the realm of conceptual projects. The dancer Rafal Dziemidok “speaks about the source of inspiration that the frozen natural forms were to become for him (...), about the movement material which he developed in his work as a choreographer, and for which there was no place in any of the pieces he has created so far.” (Witold Mrozek, nowytaniec.pl). International collaboration with Nicole Seiler (actress and dancer from Switzerland, working also with multimedia), yielded a performance which analyses eight forms of motion and the way they change in time. The language that the performer uses while talking about his work is rendered helpless and insignificant when confronted with unrestrained movement. Dziemidok’s passion and profession win over the attempt to recount the senses and subtleties of the presented concepts. A special kind of narration, which blends words and movement, is a way to record points of departure for every new variation of movement figures, and helps the audience consciously enter the world of “controlled abstraction” (Magdalena Okon, Teatralia) offered by Koncentrat.

 

Floe was invited to Aerowaves 2011 in Ljubljana – a major festival, presenting the work of the most talented young choreographers from around the world. The piece was the first Polish production in the 15-year-history of the festival, selected, along with twenty others, from nearly six hundred submissions from all over the world.

 

 

BEATING LINES: THIS LINE BELONGS TO YOUR BODY

Genre: Interdisciplinary

Languages: English, Polish

 

Venue

Name: a special project held within urban space

Address: Wolnica Square (meeting point)

 

Time

Friday, 7 October, 19:00 (180') [premiere]

Saturday, 8 October, 19:00 (180')

Sunday, 9 October, 19:00 (180')

 

Price

10 PLN

 

Crew

Curator: Yanna Varbanova; Artists: Ivan Paskalev (DE/BG), Vladislav Iliev (BG), László Hatházi and Balázs Antal (HU), Agata Dutkowska (PL), Anna Szczepanska (PL),Jakub Garscia (PL), Lukasz Roth (PL), Mateusz Kula (PL), RE_CONTROL (PL), SADZA (PL), with the special participation of Precka (PL)

 

Synopsis

A special project taking place within the space of the city, conceived and produced by a young Bulgarian curator, a participant of the Festival Lab program, with a participation of local and foreign artists.

 

The project, lasting several days, is curated by Yanna Varbanova, the participant of Festival Lab – a program for young theatre curators of the FIT network (Theatre/Festivals in Transition).

Due to the ongoing creative process of the artists working on Beating Lines, the audience will see a different and unique piece every day, performed especially for them. The artistic activities will branch into different streams, eating into Krakow’s tissue and penetrating it from the viewpoint of an individual artist. And, although the performances will take place within the publicly accessible space, their core content will consist of the artists' private memories and ideas forged into poetic matter. The aim is to reconstruct the lost intimacy of the city.

 

The project unites local artists and visitors (from Bulgaria and Hungary) who, plunging in the rich pool of signs and symbols of urban environment, will draw from it inspiration for their work.

 

 

THE RITE OF SPRING

Janusz Orlik

 

Artist's website: http://www.januszorlik.com

Genre: dance

Language: no text

 

Venue

Name: S-3 Łęg TV Studio

Address: Nowohucka St. 44

 

Time

Friday, 7 October, 19:30 (35')

Saturday, 8 October, 20:00 (35')

 

Price

15 PLN

 

Crew

Directed by: Janusz Orlik; Choreography: Joel Claesson, Nicholas Keegan, Janusz Orlik; Dance: Dom Czapski, Nicholas Keegan, Janusz Orlik; Artistic collaboration and direction of lights: Joanna Lesnierowska; Lights and sound: Lukasz Kedzierski; Music: Igor Stravinsky (New York Philharmonic, conductor Leonard Bernstein, 1958); Production: Art Stations Foundation

 

Synopsis

The show, produced by Art Stations Foundation and directed by Janusz Orlik, is an international production performed by outstanding dance theatre artists, including (beside Orlik himself): Joel Claesson from Sweden (graduate of Peder Skrivares Gymnasium and Laban Dance Center, collaborator of Gary Lambert, Liz Alpe and Marina Collard, among others, member of Wayne Sables Project, Blauta, now performs in Van Huynh Company) and Nicholas Keegan from the UK (assistant at the Royal Ballet School, graduate of Lambert School, collaborator of Douglas Thrope and ACE Dance and Music, among others, participant of numerous festival projects, currently works with DankDance, which he himself has founded).

 

The performance is staged within a small space, filled to the brim by the intense movement of the three dancers. The choreographers, who are at the same time performers, although offering the audience, and themselves, an encounter with canonical music of Igor Stravinsky, do not try to tackle the theme of springtime Slavic sacrifice. Through the “weaving together of precise virtuosity with the eroticism of dance” (Witold Mrozek, dwutygodnik.com), they do not close the topic but, rather, delicately sketch it, leaving the audience room for interpretation.

The artists emphasize the formal aspect of the performance, in which the divorce from the theme is a crucial asset. The synchronization of movement with the music – on a purely technical level as well as in the palpable energy “gives one the feeling of a thoroughly ‘danced’ show” (Marta Kula, Dziennik Teatralny), where dance is not only a means of expression, but an end in itself.

 

 

TWO IN YOUR HOUSE (WORK-IN-PROGRESS)

Teatr.doc

 

Company website: www.teatrdoc.ru

Genre: Theatre

Language: Russian + Polish and English subtitles

 

Venue

Name: Nowy Theatre

Address: Gazowa St. 21

 

Time

Friday, 7 October, 20:30 (80')

Saturday, 8 October, 20:00 (80')

Sunday, 9 October, 16:00 (80')

 

Price

15 PLN

 

Crew

Text: Elena Gremina; Direction: Mikhail Ugarov; Second director: Talgat Batalov; Interviews and other documentary material: Talgat Batalov, Ekaterina Bondarenko, Alexandr Rodionov; Stage design: Viktor Fedoseev; Stage movement: Alexandr Andriyashkin; Assistant director: Xenia Osipova

Performers: Maxim Kurochkin, Valeria Surkova, Oleg Kamenschikov, Alexey Maslodudov, Sergey Ovchinnikov, Andrey Tsisaruk; Production: Teatr.doc, Baltic Circle Festival (Helsinki), Krakow Theatrical Reminiscences, Kanuti Gildi Saal (Tallinn), Spielart Festival (Munich), brut Wien, Archa Theatre(Prague), International Theatre Festival Divadelna Nitra; With support of Kultur Kontakt Austria

 

Synopsis

The piece, which the Moscow Teatr.doc is currently working on, has been prompted by recent events in Belarus. They were specifically inspired by the story of Vladimir Neklyaev.

 

Vladimir Neklyaev is a poet and political activist, one of the opposition's presidential candidates for the elections of December 2010. On the election day, when the polls were still open, he was severely beaten by unidentified men in black. He was immediately taken to hospital, from where he was kidnapped by unknown abductors. It turned out only later that he had been kept, in outrageous conditions, in the Belarusian KGB headquarters. A month of prison was followed by several months of house arrest, during which he was restricted in his contacts with the outside world (including his family and physician) as well as subjected to constant surveillance. This culminated in a trial in which he was sentenced to two years in prison with a two-year reprieve.

The play will focus on the unusual situation of house arrest which lasts several months. The breach of private space, turning a home into a prison and the constant surveillance by KGB functionaries was what interested the artists from Teatr.doc the most. The playwrights carried out a number of interviews and conversations, on which they have based their script.

 

 

MIRLIFLOR

Dialogue Dance Company

 

Company website: http://www.dialogue-dance.ru

Genre: Dance

Language: no text

 

Venue

Name: PWST Theatre Academy

Address: Straszewskiego St. 22, Wyspiański Stage

 

Time

Saturday, 8 October, 17:30 (50')

 

Price

15 PLN

 

Crew

Choreography: Karine Ponties with Dialogue Danсe Company; Original music: David Monceau; Сhoreographer assistant: Eric Domeneghetty; Light designer: Pavla Beranova; Production management: Maria Sokolnikova, Marina Guruleva, Ivan Estegneev, Evgeny Kulagin; Performers: Evgeny Kulagin, Tatiana Karavanova, Ivan Estegneev, Maria Kachalkova; Co-production of Dialogue Dance Company and STANTSIA art venue with the assistance of Dame de Pic/ Karine Ponties.

 

Synopsis

Karine Ponties scored the universal theme for four dancers, building from their bodies sets of varying dynamics, now rapidly taking the space of the stage, and then focusing in its one point. Put under observation like animals in a zoo, the performers share an intimate emotional experience with their audience.

 

This “sensational, stunning and amazingly moving performance” (Natalya Voroshilova, The Moscow News) is a story in dance about four creatures, half-human, half-animal. The expressions of their bodies, from smooth, unreal movements to mechanical, sharp gestures, beckon us on a journey into the depths of their psyches, a journey which tells yet another story “about this gentle and dangerous animal seeking love that lives in each and every one of us” (Anna Gordeeva, Vremya Novosti).

 

The production was created within the framework of the Intradance project, whose idea was to get recognised choreographers from the EU to collaborate with seven contemporary dance groups from Russia. Cooperation and understanding established between the artists have become means to an end: creating meaningful, important projects in a country where contemporary dance is only in its developing stage.

 

In April this year, at the Golden Mask, the most important theatre festival in Russia, Mirliflor received the Best Production in Contemporary Dance Award of the past season.

 

Additional information

For those of you that wish to meet the artists and discuss the performance, a daily discussion on the artistic programme takes place in the festival club

 

 

THE THRILL OF IT ALL

Forced Entertainment

 

Company website: http://www.forcedentertainment.com

Genre: Theatre

Language: English + Polish subtitles

 

Venue

Name: Laznia Nowa Theatre

Address: os. Szkolne 25

 

Time

Sunday, 9 October, 18:00 (120')

 

Price

15 PLN

 

Crew

Conceived and devised by the company. Performers: Thomas Conway, Amit Hadari, Phil Hayes, Jerry Killick, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden, Terry O’Connor, John Rowley; Direction: Tim Etchells; Design: Richard Lowdon; Lighting Design: Nigel Edwards; Music and Sound: John Avery; Choreographic advice: Kate McIntosh; Director's Assistant: Hester Chillingworth; Production: Ray Rennie and Francis Stevenson; Co-production partners: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou in collaboration with Festival d’Automne (Paris) and Theatre Garonne (Toulouse)

 

Synopsis

The Thrill... builds its strength on theatrical shoddiness, a strength that grants one a truly unforgettable evening, during which “the reckless Forced Entertainment beat theatre to smithereens”(‘Cutting Edge’).

 

Forced Entertainment’s spectacular production is a peculiarly grotesque vaudeville, unpredictable and perverse. It seems to be a sure failure from the start: it is noisy, full of seeming imperfections, performed by a consistently shoddily dressed bunch of mediocrities. Apparently it should not be able to arouse interest. However, the performers’ exertions and the banal aesthetics contain strangely moving elements, winning the audience. A large amount of humour, resulting from the divergence between the characters’ intent and the effect of their efforts, plays an equally important part here.

 

The show disintegrates before our eyes and every comic trick seems to enforce the first impression. However, the chaotic structure of the play is irresistibly entertaining, incessantly laying bare its own theatricality.

 

Additional information:

Performance followed by a talk with the artists.

 

THE CHORUS OF WOMEN

Marta Gornicka

 

Company website: http://pl-pl.facebook.com/chorkobiet; http://www.instytut-teatralny.pl

Genre: Music Theatre

Language: Polish + English subtitles

 

Venue

Name: CK Rotunda

Address: Oleandry St. 1

 

Time

Sunday, 9 October, 14:00 (45')

 

Price

15 PLN

 

Crew

Directed by: Marta Gornicka; Choreography: Anna Godowska; Libretto: Marta Gornicka; Score: EIN; Cast: Maniucha Bikont, Justyna Chabetek, Finka Heynemann, Alicja Herod, Anna Jaglowska, Natalia Jaroszewicz, Marta Jasinska, Katarzyna Janicka, Ewa Kossak, Katarzyna Lalik, Aleksandra Krzaklewska, Aleksandra Matryba, Kamila Michalska, Paulina Pacia, Marta Ponichter, Anna Rusiecka, Monika Sadkowska, Karolina Szulejewska, Anna Stachowicz, Kaja Stepkowska, Olga Szymula, Iwona Tolbinska, Anna Turzyniecka, Agata Wencel, Karolina Wiech, Anna Wojnarowska

 

Synopsis

Produced by the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute in Warsaw, this first part of Marta Gornicka's project is something absolutely unique in Poland. The performers, selected through casting, comprise a group of women of different ages, hair colours, professions, and interests - in other words, they differ in every respect, except their sex. And it is precisely their sex that becomes the essence of Gornicka's choral message.

 

The libretto of the production consists of fragments assembled from literary masterpieces, philosophical works, texts of pop culture, and commercial slogans. Enriched with music and rhythm, it resembles Elfriede Jelinek's texts. At the same time, Gornicka lays bare the weakness of language entangled in cultural discourses and revives its performative capacity. The cries, scansions, and barely audible whispers of the chorus have a unique power of expression. The unusual, smashing expression of the crowd of women - different, yet united by a single idea - makes a powerful statement of, not only social but, in the first place, artistic importance.

 

 

LE SACRE

Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre

 

Company website: www.dadateatr.pl

Genre: theatre/dance

Language: Polish + English subtitles

 

Venue

Name: S-3 Łęg TV Studio

Address: Nowohucka St. 44

 

Time

Sunday, 9 October, 21:00 (75')

 

Price

15 PLN

 

Crew

Directed by: Leszek Bzdyl and Katarzyna Chmielewska; Music: Mikolaj Trzaska (Igor Stravinsky); Libretto: Leszek Bzdyl (Mikołaj Roerich); Costumes: Slawek Blaszewski; Lighting designer: Michal Kolodziej; Choreography and dance: Izabela Chlewinska, Katarzyna Chmielewska, Tatiana Kamieniecka, Dominika Knapik, Anna Steller, Leszek Bzdyl, Radek Hewelt, Dawid Lorenc; Production: Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre, Wybrzeze Theatre in Gdansk, The Nuova Foundation (Festival of Spring) in Poznan; Co-production: Art Stations Foundation in Poznan, House of Artistic Work in Burdag

 

Synopsis

Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring serves as a point of departure for the 40th production of Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre. However, bypassing this milestone in the history of dance theatre, Le Sacre bases itself on the apocryphal transcript of the purported original version of the ballet, rejected by Diaghilev. The apocrypha was created by Leszek Bzdyl and Mikolaj Trzaska (music). As critics emphasise, it is the company’s “most perfected” performance and “the most serious production” (Miroslaw Baran, Gazeta Wyborcza), which, at the same time, does not relinquish the pinch of irony so characteristic of the Dada von Bzdülöw’s other productions: “the director saw humour in it [The Rite of Spring]” (Stefan Drajewski, Glos Wielkopolski).

Combining dance theatre with elements typical of drama theatre Le Sacre is a contemporary variation on the theme of sacrifice, understood differently than in Stravinsky’s piece. Anybody can become a sacrifice, not just one singled-out person. “Le Sacre” thickens and intensifies the theme, disposing of the Slavic entourage and directing the audience’s attention to the contemporary forms of inflicting death.

Le Sacre was awarded the City of Gdansk Award for Best Production in 2010, and the Award of the Mayor of the City of Gdansk for Leszek Bzdyl and Katarzyna Chmielewska.

 

 

FROM AFAR

Tim Etchells

 

Artist’s website: http://www.timetchells.com

Genre: visual art

Language: English

 

Venue

Name: Bunkier Sztuki

Address: Szczepanski Sq. 3a

Tickets should be purchased directly at the gallery, no booking needed

 

Time

7 – 9 October, 11:00-18:00

 

Price

6 PLN

 

Description

Accepting an invitation from curator Magda Grudzinska to create a work based on a visit to the six Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine), artist Tim Etchells established a framework for the project, designed to bring him closer to the unfamiliar realities and cityscapes of those countries whilst at the same time keeping his experience of them indirect, mediated through the eyes and narratives of others. In fact Etchells agreed to the project only on condition that another person - his brother Mark - makes the trip East on his behalf. The artist’s brother, re-cast as envoy on an uncertain mission, would meet a selection of strangers in each city whose task would be to introduce Mark to the cities in which they live through a number of stories linked to specific locations. Sharing places and stories - personal and collective, intimate and societal - and seeing how they move and morph in the process of being passed on from the inhabitants of these cities to the artist’s brother, and then from him to Etchells himself, From Afar plays on the creative and defective possibilities involved in the transmission of knowledge and experience. What arises is a set of remote viewings, second-hand images relayed in a complex web of collective exchange and collaboration. From Afar works the space between stories and reality, distance and proximity to create a deliberately partial and fragile invocation of places to which the artist has never been and which he has experienced only through experiences of others.

 

 

ARTISTIC CITY TRIPS

 

Are We Again Travellers or Still Tourists? An Encounter with the Other or Looking Through Another’s Eyes.

Artistic City Trips is a project featuring artists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldavia and Ukraine.

 

Curator: Nini Palavandishvili (GeoAIR, Tbilisi)

 

Time

6 – 9 October

 

Starting Point 

Pod Baranami Palace

 

Price

10 PLN

 

Description

For many contemporary artists and cultural operators, global mobility is an essential part of their lives and work. The network in which artists operate, which increasingly determines the modern society’s organization and production, also sheds light on the image of globalism - a world of people on the move. The guided trips that artists from 6 countries of the Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine) will offer in the city of Krakow, without their prior being there, will deal with these issues. This will be an encounter of two aliens when a guest claims to be a guide in a host country. On the basis of their own research and interests, the artists will design their own city tours, referring to the place of their origin and departure. The willingness to delve deeper and to understand better will lead to manifold results. Generally, a tour includes the act of leaving and then returning to the starting point, and therefore, one who undertakes such a journey can be called a tourist. How much of a tourist we will become by coming back to the original starting point or how far we travel, is always up to us, individuals permanently on the move.

 

 

ARMENIA: AJZ SPACE (HARUTYUN ALPETYAN AND NVARD YERKANIAN)

Title: Seven Krakow Narrations (the unknown history of a known city)

Start time: 13:00

Duration: 90 min

 

Have you ever thought to be part of the history of your city? Do you think you are just an inactive, transient element in world history, or do you consider yourself more or less as someone who can contribute to shaping it? Do you believe the history of a certain place can be told or written down?

 

Discover a part of the city history through the unfolding of its inhabitants’ personal stories: seven narrations from Krakow are drawn together to give a glimpse of the infinite number of life stories a city can enclose.

 

AZERBAIJAN: TORO MANAFOV

Title: Krakow Veni Vidi Vici

Start time: 13:00

Duration: 90 min

 

Have you always felt there is something royal about you? Can nothing stop you if you get a chance to do some shopping? Is there a little of Genghis Khan in you (they say that 1 out of every 100 Europeans is his direct descendant)? Do you get sooo excited when you see fortified walls of a medieval town? Everybody has a chance to be king for 2 minutes, shop in style and try to conquer (but obviously fail) Krakow with Toro from Azerbaijan and his creative history project. Re-live history with Toro!

 

 

MOLDOVA: VLADIMIR US

Title: Krakow Shapes Us & We Shape Krakow

Start time: 12:00 noon

Duration: 180 min

 

The tour is about ideology and how it shapes public space, about the role that public authorities play in this process along with citizens' responses to it in particular historical, cultural and social contexts. Taking as example the Krakow built environment we will discuss the situations in the cities we come from.

 

On the way, starting in the Krakow Old Town and ending in the Nowa Huta district, you will walk through various gates and cross invisible borders that used to separate different communities and worlds. You will be given a chance to perform as readers on public transportation (don't forget to take a newspaper, magazine or a book with you) and recite proletarian or any other type of slogan on the sites of former monuments (pick up a slogan or a message of your personal choice). Please also wear a hat, a cap or just cover your head with a scarf during the tour.

 

UKRAINE: ANNA ZVYAGINTSEVA

Title: This Place

Start time: 12:00 noon

Duration: 120 min

 

This guided city trip by Anna Zviagintseva is devoted to people, events, processes, experiences and locations which have no chance to go down in history. The tour is a sliding view of the migrating artist-observer mentioning the reflections of some places in others, twin situations, the same actions repeated independently in different locations. The artist travels between places and times, and also between poetic observations and political conclusions. The artist uses the story of 'this' single place to tell about 'that' one, and represents differences and similarities of social conditions through rhymes of singularities.

 

BELARUS: ALEXEY LUNEV

Title: Life Is So Simple. The Way of Multiplication

Start time: 17:30

Duration: 90 min

 

Modestly shining in the sky, SERGEI SHABOHIN, a young progressive star of Belarusian art, comes back to Krakow! Artist, curator, critic, art activist, the Son of his Father - go find HIS way of MANDORLA! Talk to him! His Communion Soup! Be Him!

 

Alexey Lunev’s trip is dedicated to the project of a Belarusian artist Sergei Shabohin, which was completed a couple of years ago in the streets of Krakow. The visitors will be able to recall the story of that project and get an idea of it in a new interpretation. 

 

GEORGIA: GROUP BOUILLON

Title: Rendez-vous

Start time: 18:00

Duration: 120 min

 

In this artistic city trip you will be able to visit a couple of Polish families and in a short period of time see and hear not only their family histories but the history of the city and the country as well as look through old family photo albums, listen to their love stories, happy and sad moments, take photos with them, and last, but not least, have some tea with them. We promise you will spend a great time!