choreography and dance
Krystyna Mazurówna, Rachel Arianne Ogle, Weronika Pelczyńska, Małgorzata Haduch
Bruno Helstroffer, Jean-Philippe Morel
Katie Duck / magpie company
in collaboration with
Dance House Lemesos and Burdąg Foundation, with the support of Adam Mickiewicz Institute
The key to our exploration is listening closely to Baroque and free improvised music, listening to silence and the body. Thinking in terms of Baroque sounds brings us closer to the questions of counterpoint or multiple melody lines of special independence, a concept developed during Renaissance, a common practice during Baroque. We are in particular interested in the invention, a music genre that dates back to the 16th century. It is a short composition that does not have precisely defined categories, with an indefinite construction. How is composition defined, then? What are the factors that bear on its form? Where is the borderline of definition and free interpretation? Are we able to define the limits of spontaneity in this context?
Above the exploration of these questions hovers the spirit of great fun. Baroque music is one great party for each and every moment in life. There is no leader, the number of guests is unlimited as all know how to have a good time and there are reasons aplenty for it. Today we are fascinated by the joy of playing and dancing, a little bit in the galante mode.
We relish in the freedom of ignorance; existence makes us awake arousing desires. We lay the double bass to sleep and listen on.
Małgorzata Haduch (Poland)
graduated School for New Dance Development. She founded the Unfinished Company art collective which gathers international artists from a host of different areas: contemporary dance, music, video, photography. The group mainly specializes in improvised performances, where music and dance coexist as one form of art. Unfinished Company has performed regularly in different constellations since 2006. So far the group has been joined by Andy Moor (The Ex), Wilbert de Joode, Ab Baars, Micheal Moore, Marcos Baggiani, and Tetterapadequ as well as dancers Makiko Ito, Jouni Järvenpää, Melissa Cisneros, Kenzo Kusuda, and Kirstine Kyhl Andersen (www.youtube.com/unfinished). The most prominent reference points of Małgorzata’s work are artists like Katie Duck, David Zambrano, Robert Steijn, Hooman Sharifi, Michael Schumacher, The EX and the scene of free jazz and improvisation. Her stage language has crystallised over the years in projects such as: guest choreography at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, (Scotland 2007), choreographic project with a Peruvian theatre ensemble Deciertopicante (Tacna, Peru 2008), an international program DanceWeb (Austria 2009), Solo Project (Art Stations Foundation, Poznań, Poland 2009), and “50 days” – a master course and an intense creative process led by David Zambrano in Costa Rica. Projects part-financed by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute – Polish Culture Worldwide program. On returning from Costa Rica, Małgorzata initiated a series of “5of50” projects and workshops “Passing On Passing Through & Flying Low”. In April 2011, Małgorzata made her first project with the Polish musicians Artur Majewski and Kuba Suchar (Mikrokolektyw) – a joint performance in Wrocław within the Free Body Music series. She also started cooperation with Hera ensemble.
Krystyna Mazurówna (Poland / France)
Her career begun in 60s. in the Warsaw Opera ballet. Her duets with Gerard Wilk (later a soloist of Maurice Béjart company) inscribed in the Polish dance history – within this collaboration Krystyna applied her knowledge from scholarships in Paris and introduced jazz dance to Polish scenes and television. In 1967 she created her own company Fantom and year later moved to Paris where she was dancing for Josephine Baker and as a soloist of Casino de Paris choreographing also for Elysees Montmartre theatre and other cabarets. She established Ballet Mazurówna extensively touring in Paris and the whole France. Since 20 years she’s been working also as journalist writing regularly for “Kurier Plus” (NYC), publishing also in Poland (in “Sukces”, “Pani”, “Twój Styl” among others). In 2010 Krystyna created choreography for Polish Dance Theatre in Poznań (“Chopin inaczej”). Her autobiographical book (“Turbulent life of a dancer”) has been published in January 2011.
Rachel Arianne Ogle (Australia)
Graduated Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA); has performed nationally and internationally with Australian independent choreographers and numerous dance companies (BalletLab, Buzz Dance Theatre, Kompany Kido, and Hydra Poesis), Hong Kong’s City Contemporary Dance Company, Nigeria’s Ijodee Dance Company. She has been Artist in Residence with Ijodee Dance Company in Nigeria and at Atelier RE-AL in Lisbon,Portugal . Alongside her performance and choreographic work, Rachel has an extensive history of facilitating numerous community dance residency projects in Australia and in Christmas Island. She has worked extensively with dancers with various physical and intellectual disabilities. Additionally Rachel lectures at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts for both the dance and theatre departments. In 2010 Rachel took part in “50 days” master course by David Zambrano. This resulted in the formation of the global group 50collective with whom she has performed on different continents.
Weronika Pelczyńska (Poland)
Graduated from Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, Austria, she is also educated as an engineer (Warsaw Technical Academy, Faculty of Production Engineering). She has gained theater experience working for three years at the Studio Buffo Theater and collaborating on the productions of the Mufmi Dance Theater. In 2008-2009 she was a member of the Bodhi Project Company. She has been working with several choreographers (Matej Kejzar, Maria Stokłosa, Stephanie Thiersch (Mouvoir Company), Johannes Wieland (Staattheatre Kassel), Davis Freeman, Josef Fruček and Linda Kapetanea. She works also as movement coach for actors in drama theatres, mainly in Warsaw. Recently she has created here first solo work “Yvonne, Yvonne” inspired by the works of Yvonne Rainer.
Bruno Helstroffer (France)
He was studying classical guitar in National Conservatory of Strasburg and played electric guitar and new music. Self-taught of theorbo and early music, he was one of the artists that went far towards re-discovering at the end of last century the Baroque repertory and was perceived as continuiste, performing with French Baroque orchestras (Le Concert Spirituel, Le Poème Harmonique) and with famous chamber music bands (Faenza, Les Musiciens de St Julien, La Barcarole, La Chapelle Rhénane, The Witches). Since 10 years Bruno is engaged in the creation of live performances (with puppet theater, rock and contemporary music and contemporary dance). His solo for theorbo “La Chambre” involving contemporary improvisation, pieces of repertoire and poems, was performed and widely appreciated in France and abroad (Poland, Germany, Denmark). The fusion of different music languages became Bruno’s musical original identity which made him play both with jazzmen (Michel Godard, Matteo Franceschini, David Chevalier, Joël Grare, Steve Swallow) and pop artists (Sapho, Moriarty).
Jean-Philippe Morel (France)
Performed and toured with great number of international artists (Tom Cora, Martial Solal Newdecaband, Archie Shepp, Claudio Roditi, Claude Barthélemy, Otto von Shirach, François Jeanneau, Andy Emler, Benoit Delbecq, Michael Moore, François Houle, Steve Arguelles, Steroid Maximus aka Jim Thirlwell, Steve Bernstein, Noel Akchoté, Eric Watson, Christof Lauer, Yves Robert, Michel Portal, Tony Malaby, Bojan Z, Elise Caron, Chirstophe Marguet, Daniel Erdmann among others). Since 1996 he has recorded almost 20 CD’s and played in major festivals such as Musiqu’Action, Uzeste, Glastonburry, Bologne, Montréal, Vancouver, Jazz d'or, Jazz à luz, Jazz sous le pommiers, La villette, Marciac, Banlieues bleues, Sons d'Hiver.
Katie Duck (USA / Netherlands)
American dancer, choreographer and teacher, since 1976 based in Amsterdam.
Throughout her career she has worked with music artists who share her passion for live time performance and the integration of music, text and dance within compositions for performance. She has created and lead two companies over the past 30 year: Groupo (1979) based in Italy and Magpie Music Dance Company (1995) based in the Netherlands that in 2006 evolved into an umbrella organization, Magpie Umbrella. Katie has initiated numerous dance and music improvisation on-going events and she is teaching improvisation regularly in AHK theater school and SNDO in Amsterdam and in Dartington, UK. She tours internationally as the director of Duck Projects alongside her workshops in Asia, the USA, England, Scandinavia and Europe.