Solo Projekt is the first created in Poland residency programme (2006). Its mission is to support Polish dance artists in their search for their individual artistic language. The programme is addressed to professional dancers and beginner choreographers, whose interests exceed the traditionally understood "dance theatre". The project's main stress is put on the very process of creation and the artistic experiment, with the hope that this will lead to an attempt of reflecting over the art of dance and, perhaps, to redefine the very concept of contemporary dance in the search for the means of physical expression. Therefore, the only formal requirement of the spectacles taking part in the Solo Projekt contest is the limitation of scenery to an empty space, which directly stems from the programme's motto, the words of an English choreographer and last year's festival's star, Jonathan Burrows: One needs two legs, two hands and, most of all, a head to create a dance.
This year's scholarship and residency-holders in the Old Brewery are young Polish artists (Basia Bujakowska & Marcin Janus, Karol Tymiński and Tomek Bazan), who have worked on their solos since April.
2008 novelty is the participation of Bruno Pocheron (Berlin) - artist and light designer who took part in producing the shows and created light to this year's solo shows.
Karol Tymiński was born on the 3rd of October 1985. His debut took place in Lloyd Webber's Józef Cudowny Płaszcz Snów w Technikolorze musical directed by Wojciech Kępczyński when he was nine. Encouraged by the spectacles success, he started his education in Ogólnokształcąca Szkoła Baletowa im. Romana Turczynowicza (Roman Turczynowicz's Ballet School) in Warsaw. While being still at school, he danced in Teatr Wielki (amongst others, he danced in: The Sleeping Beauty, Three Musketeers, Paradise Lost and Mr Marimba). In 1998, Karol Tymiński performed in Antigone (directed by Zbigniew Brzoza) together with Jerzy Radziwiłłówicz and Maria Peszek. In 2004, as a European Comission's scholarship-holder, he started his education in P.A.R.T.S. contemporary dance school in Belgium. While his time in Brussels, he took part in project Cadavare Exquis (by Vincent Dunoyer), as well as Mmm... (by Jenifer Lacy). He also created independent works (Creta for C, or Dot dot... don't turn - a duo with a Swedish dancer Marina Palovaara, which he wishes to move from Brussels to Poland in the nearest future). After his return to Poland, Tymiński got the part of Raptus in the Cats musical in Warsaw-based Roma Theatre, and has been continuoing his work as an inedependent artist (as expemplified in his 4:04 solo), as well as his collaboration with Universal Law Of Impermanence.
Tomasz Bazan graduated from Cultural Studies at the Mari Curie Składowska University (where he specialized in critique and animation of fine arts pieces). A dancer and a choreographer, as well as a former student of a French painter and stage designer Jeana Marco. He collaborated with Ośrodek Praktyk Teatralnych Gardzienice (Gardzienice Thetrical Practice Centre), Stowarzyszenie Teatralne Chorea (Chorea Theatrical Association), International Theatre Art Of Now and Compagne le Sablier. He cooperates with Phoenix Sathor Theatre Slovakia and the Limen Body Theatre. He has learned widely understood dance under the supervision of numerous superb dancers (amongst others: Witold Jurewicz, Jurij Pstrowski, Monika Tachman, Nam Bui Ngoc, Shizamitu Tienn, Gabrielle Daris, Atsushi Takenouchiego). He has also been exploring various martial arts styles for years (he specializes in Lang and Vietnam Dao). Bazan has led his independent theatrical centre (Teatr Maat Projekt) since 2004, realizing an authorial programme of physical training and cultural search (where he has realized numerous collective instalations, happenings and performance projects). Spectacles such as Teika and Krótkie Smakowanie Życia (Short Life Tasting) were presented, amongst others, during Konfrontacje Teatralne (Theatrical Confrontations) International Festival (2006 and 2007).
Barbara Bujakowska has started her career as a gimnast (Korona Kraków Sport Club). She was a student of Studio Baletowe at Opera i Operetka in Kraków for eight consecutive years. Bujakiewicz graduated from Preparatory First Program in Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance Art (Anton Bruchner Privat Universitat-Linz) in 2003, where she got a BA in Arts. In January of 2008, she was granted the first prize in the TVP's (Polish Public Television) scholarship programme Dolina Kreatywna (Creative Valley) for her solo work titled Swan...like. Currently, she lives and works in Kraków, where she co-creates the Hoplaaa group. She also conducts dance classes and creates her own projects. She is a happy owner of seven cats and two dogs.
Marcin Janus was born in 1981 in Kraków, where he currently lives. In the 2nd half of 1990s he co-created musical vanguard. In 2000, he decided to work independently as a composer, to start his collaboration with the local dance environment three years later (with which he is engaged till now). In 2005, he took up a law course at the Jagiellonian University. He is also an active football player. His constant search and the development of his interests has been focused mainly on music, dance and film. He wishes to devote his future to artistic work.