concept and movement researchJanusz Orlik and Joanna Leśnierowska
performance Janusz Orlik
dramaturgy and light design Joanna Leśnierowska
sound remix Janusz Orlik
set design Marta Wyszyńska
technical realization Łukasz Kędzierski
visuals Michał Łuczak
production Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk
premiere 3rd of March 2013, Studio Słodownia +3, Old Brewery in Poznań
Financed with the funds of The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as a part of So what about Polish Dance? 2013 project
Insight seeks to find a physical and visual representation for emotional states of alienation from the surrounding reality. By placing the protagonist in a simultaneously realistic and metaphorical space of a stage which is dense with micro gestures, shadows and voices, the show confronts the inner and outer world providing us with an insight into some ambiguous emotional states that are, nonetheless, familiar to us all. Translated into a powerful language of movement and image they draw us into a tense journey in the labyrinth of the human body that clashes, day after day, with the cacophony of the stimuli which surround it.
Insight is yet another instalment in the artistic dialogue between Janusz Orlik and Joanna Leśnierowska, which has been going on for almost a decade. It is also Janusz’s third solo in the Old Brewery New Dance programme.
Having graduated from the Ballet School in Warsaw Janusz Orlik studied at Brucknerkonservatorium Linz (AT) where he danced with the x.IDA ensemble. Since 2002 he has been a regular member of the Vincent Dance Theatre (UK). His own works include Exérèse monobloc (2004), and thy neighbour as thyself (2006), Live on stage (2008), The Rite of Spring (2011) and Insight (2013). In 2007 he took part in nic by towarzystwo gimnastyczne (PL). In 2009 he performed in Nigel Charnock’s Happy and was also the choreographer’s assistant. A year later he joined Ugo Dehaes’ group, Kwaad Bloed (BE) with whom he performed in Forces. In 2011 he worked with Nigel Charnock + Company (UK) on the show Ten Men. Also in 2011 he contributed to the creation of and performed in Joanna Leśnierowska’s Reconstruction (PL) and in 2012 in Gary Clarke’s Horsemeat (UK). Apart from performing and choreographing Janusz Orlik also delivers dance workshops in dance schools and other educational institutions in Poland and abroad.
Joanna Leśnierowska is a dramaturge, critic, dance curator and performer. Since 2004 she has been in charge of the Old Brewery New Dance Programme which presents the latest achievements in contemporary choreography and strongly supports Polish artists. She also works as an artistic coach to young choreographers and as a dramaturge for and consultant to a number of Polish and international artists, including Janusz Orlik, Renata Piotrowska, Arkadi Zaides, Minimetal, Lia Haraki and Márta Ladjánszki.
Marta Wyszyńska majored in stage design at the University of Arts in Poznań. Already as a student she gained experience by being involved in various artistic projects. She has worked as an assistant to set designers in a number of theatres in Poznań, for instance to Magdalena Tesławska, Izabela Stronias and Janusz Sosnowski. She has taken part in various festivals and costume shows and has conducted a number of workshops. Following her graduation she worked as a graphic designer but is currently focusing on stage design. Since October 2012 she has been an assistant at the Stage Design Studio of the University of Arts in Poznań.