Special thanks to Anna and Krzysztof Olszewscy
LeTigre, Nina Simone, Erik McKenzie
Aleksandra Borys, Halina Chmielarz, Hana Lee Erdman, Joanna Leśnierowska, Weronika Pelczyńska
Art Stations Foundation
PREMIERE 01-02.10.2009 / CBA, Festiwal C/U, Warszawa
POZNAN PREMIERE 10-11.10.2009 / 19:00 / Stary Browar, Studio Słodownia +3
with the support of The Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, The City of Warsaw and The Burdąg Foundation
Special thanks to Anna and Krzysztof Olszewscy
“The right hemisphere” refers to that part of our brain which is commonly associated with emotions and irrational or intuitive behaviors. That title, however, is treated more as a starting point from which to work on rather than an aim or a subject of the spectacle. Stokłosa seeks a source of movement in the attributes of the right brain such as spatial orientation, imagery or musical sensitivity. But the project is certainly not interested in stimulating neurobiological discussions. It simply treats biology of the brain as a pretext to start searching for a physical equivalent of the incomprehensible, the illogical, the nonverbal. The poetic content of the spectacle reaches to both common and individual sensitivity of the audience through their memories, past experiences and emotions.
Marysia Stokłosa graduated from the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) at Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Amsterdam (choreography department). She studied contemporary dance in London Contemporary Dance School at The Place. Her works include: “Let’s Dance Chopin” - Inauguration of the 20th Lodz Ballet Meetings, a solo “Vacuum”, “Meeting 1” – a video performance in collaboration with visual artist, Julia Staniszewska and “Burdąg” – a dance film. As a dancer she has worked with a choreographer Jeremy Wade. Dancing in his “Glory” and“And pulled out their hair…” she appeared in Berlin, New York, Brussels, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Copenhagen. She also participated in the projects of Sara Shelton Mann and Min Tanaka and Dick Wong. At 7th C/U Festival she appeared in Dick Wong's „ BOB* The final cut” (Hong –Kong). She worked with drama theatres as a choreographer and she currently runs an open studio for performing arts in Burdąg (Poland). (www.buradgstudio.com).
Peter Pleyer studied dance at the European Dance Development Centre at the Academy of Art in Arnhem, NL. He worked as dancer and choreographic assistant with Yoshiko Chuma, New York and Mark Tompkins, Paris. Long time collaborator with Eszter Gal, Budapest. He took part in Impro Festival, New York and the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of contact improvisation in Paris. In 2000 Peter moved to Berlin, focusing his work on new methods in dance training and composition - where improvisation plays an essential role. He makes choreographies for his own performances (winner of the Competition for Choreographers in Groningen). Since 2007 Peter is a director of Tanztage Berlin – a festival for young choreographers.
Jan Cybis, cameraman. He has shot numerous commercial spots, shorts, video clips and several documentaries. Since 2007 also works on dance spectacles, as light director (e.g. ”Vacuum” by Marysia Stokłosa, Old Brewery's Solo Project 2009). He was born and lives in Warsaw.
Aleksandra Borys having graduated from the National Ballet School in Łódź, she recerived one of the main parts in the spectacle "Opentaniec". She was involved in several projects of the Kierunek Theater, at the Silesian Theater of Dance. She studied contemporary dance techniques at Codarts - Rotterdam Dance Academy, where she had an opportunity to work with choreographers from all over the world, e.g. Edan Gorlicky (Israel), Nannine Lenning (Holland), Ivan Schauvliege (Belgium), Eugenia Demeglio (Italy), Aleksandra Maciejewska (Poland). In 2006 together with Konrad Szymański she the took part in Art Stations Foundation's residency program, creating the spectacle "Solo.06".
Halina Chmielarz born Toruń in 1967. In 1992 she graduated from the Acting Department at the National School of Film, Television and Theater in Łódź (supervised by Jan Machulski). She has worked for institutional theaters, such as the Powszechny Theater in Łódź, the Powszechny Theater in Radom, the Polish Theater in Poznań, the Rozmaitości Theater in Warsaw, and for many years collaborated with experimental theaters, such as the Cinema Theater in Michałowice, Theater Derevo in St. Petersburg, the Trust Theater in Delhi. Since 1993 she has been involved in cooperation with the 8th Day Theater in Poznań, one of the most important Polish alternative theaters. In 1998 she co-founded an independent theater group the “1 cm above the earth” Theater ( Teatr “Centymetr nad Ziemią”). Since 2001 she is also realizing individual projects (TWÓRCZOŚĆ - WSPÓLNE PRZESTRZENIE / CREATIVITY – COMMON SPACES, Tort z Muchomora / The Toadstool Cake, Czemu nie dajesz mi spać / Why don't you let me sleep). Another initiative of her is a five-year project in collaboration with Lola Lince. Active as a pedagogue. In March 2009 she took part in the Happy Project at Old Brewery (www.happyproject.pl).
Hana Lee Erdman she studied history of art and dance at the UCLA, California. She has performed in San Francisco and in Europe and had the pleasure of working with Sara Shelton Mann, Jess Curtiss, Smith/Wymore productions and Half Machine. Currently she performs on stage and conducts “research on movement” in collaboration with Kira Kirsch. Hana has recently moved to Berlin, where she is continuing her work on improvisation and performing art. She plays in an experimental music band “Drowning Daisies”.
Joanna Leśnierowska, dance critic, curator, dramaturge, lecturer at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań. She has published extensively on dance, both in Poland and abroad, and authored a chapter devoted to dance theater in the popular Dictionary of the Theater (Słownik wiedzy o teatrze). Since 2004 she is a curator of dance at Old Brewery, Poznań, the only place in Poland which runs a comprehensive all year round contemporary dance program, comprising both staging and production of dance spectacles (www.starybrowarnowytaniec.pl). In 2003 she co-founded the Gymnastic Society (Towarzystwo Gimnastyczne), a theater collective and, since 2004, an association responsible for stage performances production (“Whatever you wish”, 2003; “Obcojęzyczność” / “Foreign Language”, 2005; „Nic” / “Nothing”, 2007) and involved in intensive educational activity as a Polish partner of the prestigious European organization DanceWeb (www.towarzystwogimnastyczne.com).
Weronika Pelczyńska, born 30.06.1985 in Warsaw. A graduate of the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, Austria. By profession an engineer (Warsaw Technical Academy, Faculty of Production Engineering). Between 2008/2009 she was a member of the Bodhi Project and performed with them in Austria, Germany, Italy and Poland in cooperation with such artists as M. Kejzar, J. Nelson, V. Justice, R. Hayden, E. Braun, T. Williams, S. Sandroni. She has gained theater experience working for three years at the Studio Buffo Theater and collaborating on the productions of the “Mufmi” Dance Theater, choreographed by A. Piotrowska. In 2003 with the dance formation Volt, she won a golden medal at the European Championship of Disco Dance. Her professional experience also involves taking part in several television productions.
Ola Staszko, born 15.11.1975 in Warsaw. Studied at the University of Warsaw and Gerrit Reitveld Amsterdam, Duth Academy of Art and Design. Photographer, stage designer's assistant. She has collaborated with Joanna Kaczyńska, Magdalena Maciejewska, Anna Wunderlich, Małgorzata Szczęśniak. Costume designer, worked on costumes for such films as: “Zmruż oczy” / “Squint your eyes” (dir. A. Jakimowski), “Skaza” / “Birthmark” (Polish television theater, dir. M. Wrona), “Sztuczki” / “Tricks“ (dir. A. Jakimowski), “Jak żyć” / “How to live” (dir. S. Jakubowski), “Moja krew” / “My blood” (dir. M. Wrona), “Hanoi – Warszawa” / “Hanoi – Warsaw” (dir. K. Klimkiewicz). When she met Marysia Stokłosa in Amsterdam she took interest in contemporary dance. Author of costumes for “Fall in D” by Marysia Stokłosa (2006).