performative show
Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, 14.08-16.08.2021
dir. Kasia Hertz
prod. Kultura Kresu, Arsenal Gallery
with: Weronika M. Lewandowska, Magdalena Siemaszko, Natasza Topor, Justyna Kisielewska, Ewa Hubar, Agnieszka Buckowska, Monika Pich
The work was realized over the following 3 days, every day for exactly 6 hours, in the building of the former hydroelectric power plant in Bialystok. Using the architecture and topography of the existing space, its peculiarities, scars, character -  the whole "body" of the building, and treating it as such, (choreography and scenography)  a specific ritual of purification, refrigeration was staged. By means of subtly and precisely arranged actions and interferences (e.g. using the smell emitted by the wooden floor in the main hall, which for years absorbed the oils driving the mechanism of the power plant, and mixing it with a very strong scent of cut lilies, working with light, emphasizing the structural elements of the interior, and the acoustics of the building and its dimensions), we managed to wake up to life an oneiric organism, in which the planes of individual and collective experience intersected. Each of the female performers was assigned a specific role and stayed in a closed fragment of space, however their rituals and gestures took place in time synchronization based on sound signals (drowned audio tracks, voice signals, mechanical sounds). Guest-participant through his/hers active presence and decisions (to be an active or passive participant; which routes to choose), co-created the atmosphere of the common, shared „body”, and relieved his/ hers own tensions, expectations and habits.
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