choreography and performance Magdalena Ptasznik
music Szymon Kaliski
costume Marysia Ciernioch
artistic mentor Ria Higler
technical realization Łukasz Kędzierski
production Art Stations Foundation
“surface.territory” is a choreography for space, the body, matter and time. In the show the performer enters and becomes part of a minimalist landscape stretched across the floor of a theatre hall. The performer travels across this landscape encountering objects/materials which she shapes and is also transformed by. It is in these encounters/interactions that the presence of the performer and of the matter (her partner) manifests. Matter is treated here as the only experience that we share with full certainty. It does not serve solely as a decoration or background for human activity but, rather, the encounter with it is an important and intimate incident that contributes to our formation. “surface.territory” constitutes an open-ended question regarding “being in the world”, the significance of the material landscape in which we live and our relationship with it, as well as the possibility or impossibility of sharing the experience of reality. The show is an ephemeral sculpture in time; it is what a viewer can see and experience for as long as it lasts and nothing more.
Magdalena Ptasznik, performer, choreographer, graduate of School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam and Sociology at Warsaw University. She started her dance and performance practice in Warsaw where she studied with Anna Godowska and participated in many workshops. In 2007 she obtained a diploma of Contemporary Dance Instructor (Mazowieckie Centrum Kultury, Warszawa). In 2010 and 2011 she did a choreographic internships with La Ribot and Meg Stuart. In 2011 she received the danceWEB scholarship which take place in the frame of ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna. She is the author of mainly solo works ( eg. “exercises for a Hero”, “secrets”). Nowadays constantly on the way, without home. She thinks about choreography as a tool for facilitating creation of different experience of time and space. She considers the body as a vehicle of this experience.