Art Stations Gallery +2
Nobody’s Business doing Nobody’s Dance.
Sessions in English (open for observers)
Think Tank Choreograficzny thinks collectively
23.06, 19:00 (90')
Studio Slodownia +3
Maria Stokłosa/Frédéric Gies
24.06, 19:00 (90')
Studio Slodownia +3
Alice Chauchat/Anna Nowicka
Think Tank Choreograficzny is a research project concerning the practices, strategies and tools developed at the intersection of the Polish and international contemporary dance scenes. Using interviews as a means of producing and disseminating knowledge, it aims to make the public more familiar with the activities of Polish choreographers through a collective reflection on their work methods, the concepts that drive their creative processes, the history of their practices and the contexts in which artists work.
Think Tank Choreograficzny is interested in dance as a knowledge culture in which information and skills are primarily generated in and transferred through the body. It is a knowledge that circulates between the stage, the studio, the gallery and the museum, the workshops and the labs, the browser windows, hard disks and all the other places where one dances and choreographs. It is a first and second-hand knowledge which transform as it migrates between bodies and contexts. It is also a knowledge that is sometimes hard to translate into words.
This year, Think Tank Choreograficzny is part of the Old Brewery New Danceat Malta Festival, where it will expand its scope of activities. For five days, it will relocate from the web to the Stary Browar venues to become a temporary research institute. The focus will not be on shows, but on projects aimed at knowledge production and exchange through dance, and at discussing the situation of this art field in Poland.
Facilitators of the international Nobody's Business initiative, who bring to Poznań Nobody's Dance, a format for the exchange of practices in the performing arts, emphasize that no one owns dance. It cannot be brought down to individual careers or closed workshops, but is a common good shared by its users who can develop and modify it like open source software. During the four-day Think tank Choreograficzny event taking place at the Art Stations Gallery, Polish and international choreographers will move and think together. Treated as publications (the act of making something public), all Nobody's Dance sessions will be open to public viewership.
The body as a space for experiments and of meeting various influences is also examined by walk+talk, a performance lecture format created in 2008 by Austrian choreographer and dancer Philipp Gehmacher. Walk+talk is also a series of works featuring so far more than twenty contributors from all over the world. In the particular walk+talks, choreographers are invited to move and talk at the same time, and to share the history of their practice. In Poznań, the audience will have the opportunity to see four new works from the series. These have been created by Alice Chauchat, a Berlin–based who has initiated many well-known knowledge sharing platforms and collaborative structures, such as everybody's toolbox and praticable; Stockholm-based French choreographer Frédéric Gies, whose recent investigations focus on techno music and to his club and rave experiences; Anna Nowicka, a Polish choreographer based in Berlin, whose work prominently focuses on the relationship between the dreaming and the dancing body; and Maria Stokłosa, a choreographer and improviser from Warsaw, who has been involved in the development of the local experimental dance scene for many years.
The events described above will be accompanied by Think Tank Choreograficzny thinks collectively, a cycle of meetings closed to the public. During these sessions, members of the Polish contemporary dance scene and international guests will discuss the context created by dance makers: the opportunities for collaboration and self-organization, and the relationships with institutions and audiences. They will also reflect on what has been achieved and what still needs doing, what solutions are effective and why, how artists in other countries deal with similar problems, and the expected and unexpected scenarios for the development of choreography and dance in Poland. In addition, this will serve as a founding meeting of a yet non-existent organisation that is to become a real exchange platform and a reservoir of ideas for the future.
The Think Tank Choreograficzny programme follows up on activities carried out under the Grażyna Kulczyk Research Scholarship in the field of contemporary choreography, 2016.
For more information about the project, please visit: ttch.pl