sound programming / music
Paul Tinsley (UK)
set design / costumes
Urszula Bernat i Katarzyna Kulmińska
The initial inspiration for this show was the work of American artist Barbara Kruger associated with conceptualism and “involved art”. In her collages Kruger presents images of heroes of the collective imagination reprinted from newspapers and adds to them provocative subtitles, for example “not stupid enough” in the picture of a grinning Marilyn Monroe.
Manipulation, play and puzzle are the key words connecting Karolina Wyrwał’s performance with the works of Kruger. The author of Double Trouble asks to what extent the current fashion, personal beliefs and preferences change the image of what we see. Is it possible to find a common denominator if two people who are looking at the same object see two different things?
All in all, perception always comes to us deformed and creating an ideal is nothing but mystification. Double Trouble uses “smart wireless” cubes which control and create live sound. Controlled by the touch of the dancers, they create a unique musical interface.
“Smart wireless” cubes were designed in Belgium by Bert Schiettecattedo to work with live performance type software (such as Ableton Live). They are a type of electronic instruments consisting of a collection of wireless intelligent objects that can detect each other's position and orientation. They are normally used by DJs. Double Trouble will mark their first appearance in theatre.
Karolina Wyrwał majored in Movement Studies at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (First Class Honours Degree in Contemporary Dance). She has taken part in the Dancer Development Programme, Laban Centre, London and the Hofesh Shechter Company Residency, Leeds, as well as a GaGa workshop led by Yoshifumi Inao and Noa Paran of Batsheva. She has worked with Thikwa Theater (“Oh mein Gott, wir hatten so viel Spaß!”) and Tanztheater Global (“Room with a View” and “Urban Delights”), Berlin. At the Polish Dance Theatre Atelier Karolina authored three choreographies: “Solo for Two Persons” (2009), “The Outline” (2010) and “Double Trouble” (2012). From 2008 to 2012 she was a dancer at the Polish Dance Theatre where she featured in the following productions: “Minus 2” (chor. Ohad Naharin); “Carpe Diem”, “Meetings in Two Unfulfilled Acts” and “B@ttle between Carnival and Lent” (chor. Ewa Wycichowska); “Summer – Red Sun” (chor. Thierry Verger); “Wo-man in Tomatoes” (chor. Yossi Berg); “Autumn – Nuembir” (chor. Jacek Przybyłowicz), and “Alexanderplatz and Desert” (chor. Paulina Wycichowska). She has taught Cunningham’s technique at the Polish Dance Theatre Open Classes of Contemporary Dance and the International Contemporary Dance Workshops.
Urszula Bernat began her dance education at the Roman Turczynowicz Secondary Ballet School, Warsaw. Following her graduation in 2002, she joined the dance ensemble at the Opera in the Castle, Szczecin. Between 2006 and 2008, she was a dancer at the Grand Theatre Poznań. In 2007 she received a master’s degree in Ballet Education at the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music, Warsaw. She continued her education at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree (2009), followed by a dance apprenticeship at the Scottish Dance Theatre. During her studies in Scotland she worked with Janis Claxton, Thomas Small and Victoria Fox. Urszula has taught several workshops in barre au sol during the annual Lądek Ballet Summer Festival and is also a teacher at the Polish Dance Theatre Open Classes of Contemporary Dance and the International Contemporary Dance Workshops. She began working as a dancer for the Polish Dance Theatre in 2009 and has featured in the following performances: B@ttle between Carnival and Lent, Carpe Diem, Spring – Effatha, Meetings in Two Unfulfilled Acts and FootBall@... (chor. Ewa Wycichowska); Minus 2 (chor. Ohad Nahrin); The Outline and Double Trouble (chor. Karolina Wyrwał), and Alexanderplatz and Desert (chor. Paulina Wycichowska).
Katarzyna Kulmińska is a graduate of the Olga Sławska-Lipczyńska Secondary Ballet School, Poznań. As a student of the school she completed an apprenticeship programme at the Grand Theatre Poznań where she danced in Swan Lake, Giselle, The Count of Monte Christo and Don Quixote. She has taken part in many editions of the International Contemporary Dance Workshops in Poznań and in a GaGa workshop led by Yoshifumi Inao and Noa Paran of Batsheva Dance Company. Since 2008 she is a full-time dancer at the Polish Dance Theatre where she has featured in the following projects: Minus 2 (chor. Ohad Naharin); Alexanderplatz and Desert (chor. Paulina Wycichowska); Carpe Diem, B@ttle between Carnival and Lent, Meetings in Two Unfulfilled Acts and FootBall@... (idea and chor. Ewa Wycichowska); Summer – Red Sun (chor. Thierry Verger), and The Outline and Double Trouble (chor. Karolina Wyrwał).
Realised with the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland