Old Brewery New Dance
Agata Siniarska, Karolina Grzywnowicz
Choreography and performance:
Agata Siniarska, Katarzyna Wolińska
Aleksandra Jach, Aleksandra Janus, Franziska Dieterich, Jacek Małczyński, Magdalena Zamorska
Artists Association Four Dimensions Are Not Enough for Us, Agata Siniarska, Karolina Grzywnowicz
Co-production: Hellerau European Centre for the Arts
The production has been carried out as a part of the “Choreographic Territories – new paths of the avant-garde” project, held in collaboration between the Institute of Music and Dance, Hellerau European Centre for the Arts, East European Performing Arts Platform, Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk and Lublin Dance Theatre.
CC Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, U.S.A.
The project is held by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of POLSKA 100, the international cultural programme accompanying the centenary of Poland regaining independence. Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the multi-annual programme NIEPODLEGŁA 2017–2022.
Instalacja powstała dzięki wsparciu Instytutu Pileckiego
The first thoughts around this project are embedded in the portrait of Pola Nireńska, dancer and choreographer, a Polish Jewess who, despite her entire life being a step away from the Nazis, has never escaped the memories of the Holocaust, persecuted by its experiences. The Holocaust, which became a inconceivable experience for humans, likewise turned out to be a breakthrough for the natural environment. The Nazi genocide involved far-reaching ecocide. It can not be denied that not only as a result of extermination operations, but also preparatory nature suffered with humanity.
Destruction of the environment is our contemporary annihilation. Just as during the Holocaust, today nature is once again an eco-witness of human destructive aspirations, as well as its victim. Over 70 years after the Nazi crime, we see before our very eyes how the ecological crisis is developing. Scientists say that without changes to our policy in 70 years, most of us will not be here anymore. Holocaust at a slow pace, and therefore less noticeable to the public.
As a generation born many decades after the Holocaust, with this project we are not daring to situate ourselves within this history and a story of Pola Nireńska. We cannot express this horror, pretend we understand it. Nevertheless we trust we still can and we shall learn from it, with this knowledge confronting our contemporary individual and collective stories.