director / concept
choreography / Dance
Agnieszka Kamińska, Katarzyna Pastuszak
Jacek Stromski, Agnieszka Kamińska
Katarzyna Pastuszak, Aleksandra Śliwińska
costumes / scenography / lights
Amareya Theatre, Józef Leoniuk
27 November 2011, Gdansk, Poland, Gdansk Dance Festival 2011
The performance “Empty home” is an attempt at taming the landscape after a loss. It's a story about the disappearing points of reference and the flame of life burning out slowly. Home is not only a place, but it is also an inner feeling of safety, a feeling of dignity, being settled in the world, a contact with oneself, one's body and its history. The moment of loss, when our home stops existing, is a turning point. At that point, we begin to search for sense and try to fill the void. The body, defenceless and vulnerable, somewhere between fear and the need for love, drifts, looking for itself in a meeting with another body.
The performance was realized thanks to the financial help of the Marshal of Pomeranian Voivodeship and the Gdansk City Council. Coproduced by Winda Club. The performance was realised in cooperation with Club Zak for the Gdansk Dance Festival.
Premiere of “Empty home” took place in Klub Żak on 27th of November as a part Trójmiejska Korporacja Tańca III Gdańskiego Festiwalu Tańca.
Katarzyna Julia Pastuszak (Ph.D) is a dancer, choreographer, theatre researcher, director of Amareya Theatre, Curator of the Gdansk Dance Festival in the Cultural Centre Club Zak (Gdańsk), promoter of butoh dance in Gdansk area as well as in the Polish theatre landscape. She graduated from the University of Gdansk – Scandinavian Studies Department (MA Thesis entitled “Tracing the Essence of Odin Teatret”) and from Theatre Studies at the Theatre Academy in Warsaw (MA Thesis entitled “Introduction to Butō”). In 2010 she also completed Doctoral Studies at the Gdańsk University; her Ph.D dissertation was written on the Gdansk University - Department of Cultural Studies under the title “Hijikata Tatsumi’s Ankoku butoh – theatre of body-in-crisis”. Pastuszak gives lectures on Japanese Theatre and specifically on butoh, she also translates scholarly texts about dance and theatre and publishes articles to Polish theatre magazines Teatr and Didaskalia. She began her dance and theatre education in 1995. Since then, she participated in various workshops and conferences on dance, butoh dance, contemporary dance, improvisation, contact improvisation and various theatre methods. She studied butoh with such masters as: Ko Murobushi, Yukio Waguri, Atsushi Takenouchi, Yumiko Yoshioka, Minako Seki, Daisuke Yoshimoto and others. In 2003 she founded Amareya Theatre with which she explores butoh practically, using butoh in training and in the creative process. Amareya Theatre performs in Poland and abroad. In 2010 Pastuszak and Amareya Theatre founded Gdansk School of Butoh where they organise butoh performances, workshops and lectures. Katarzyna Pastuszak conducted workshops in Poland, Russia, Norway, Sweden, Japan.
Agnieszka Kamińska is a dancer, choreographer, singer, voice instructor. She has had many years of experience in butoh dance, contemporary dance, improvisation, contact improvisation, expressive dance, Afro dance, Body Mind Centering, various vocal techniques. She has performed in all group performances and projects of Amareya Theatre so far, and has recently choreographed and performed two solo pieces: "Tribute to J.S." and "Rescued. On the edge of heaven", and directed the latest production ''Empty home”. Kamińska has created her own method of voicework - the Integrative Voicework System®, she gives voice and movement workshops, composes music for theatre and music projects.
Amareya Theatre is a physical theatre. It was established in January 2003 by Agnieszka Kamińska, Katarzyna Julia Pastuszak and Aleksandra Śliwińska and works at the Artistic Centre „Winda" in Gdańsk. We do theatre out of a deep need of community and a need of meeting with oneself, with the others and with the world. For us, theatre means sharing, exchanging and learning how to approach the world around us in a new true way. The activities of Amareya encompass :- artistic work - performances, theatre projects, - educational activities - workshops, publication of articles on theatre and dance, - animation of culture - cultural and social projects developed by Amareya Art Association.
Amareya has developed its own method of creative and educational work, based on butō dance, physical theatre, contemporary dance, African dance, voicework, yoga, psychosomatic practices.
Amareya Theatre presented its performances at various festivals, such as: Butō Dance Festival, Gdańsk Corporation of Dance Festival, Gdansk Dance Festival, Villkvinneseminar Norway, „Wyjście z cienia", STTN (Gdańsk), Butoh Barter (Warsaw), Biesiada Teatralna (Parchowo), Tyskie Spotkania Teatralne - here thrice awarded, Student Theatres Festival ATENA, XV Alternative Theatre Meetings Klamra 2007 and others. Amareya took part in such projects as: „Opening Doors III" with the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, ‘Caravan Project' with Ang Gey Pin, ‘Mandala of life and death' with Atsushi Takenouchi, ‘Ten ku Youran' with Daisuke Yoshimoto, ‘Anatomical Theatre' with Joan Laage, „Dream Regime" with Gekidan Kaitaisha Theatre. Amareya Theatre dancers studied with such butoh and dance/theatre masters as: Ko Murobushi, Yukio Waguri, Atsushi Takenouchi, Yumiko Yoshioka, Minako Seki, Daisuke Yoshimoto, Eugenio Barba, Peter Schumann, Ang Gey Pin, Meredith Monk, Zygmunt Molik and others.
Dancers/actresses gained experience with masters of butō dance such as Waguri Yukio, Yumiko Yoshioka, Atsushi Takenouchi, Seisaku, Ko Murobushi. Amareya Theatre cooperates with Theatre and Performance Research Centre in Bröllin (Germany) and also with the Japanese Body Theatre – Gekidan Kaitaisha (Theatre of Deconstruction) directed by Shimizu Shinjin.
Amareya Theatre has so far received honourable mentions and rewards for the artistic value of ‘The Dream of Icarus’ (2005), for the originality of form in ‘Xenos’ (2007) and for stimulating the spectators’ imagination by ‘Exit – Transgressive Feminal Tryptodram’ (2008 – II prize of the jury) during the Tyskie Spotkania Teatralne (Tychy Theatre Festival).
Realised with the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland