Ophelia is not dead
concept and performance
Kazimierz Dejmek's Teatr Nowy/New Theater, the Library of Babel Foundation
19.11.2008, Small Stage, New Theater
DanceWEB Europe is an organization dedicated to supporting the development of young contemporary dance professionals. A grant program under the same name offers to the young dancers a 5-week session of intensive workshops incorporated in the program of the Vienna ImPulsTanz Festival. Every year around 60 young artists from all over Europe and other continents as well receive the DanceWeb grant.
Two 2008 grant holders from Poland – Iza Chlewinska and Agnieszka Ryszkiewicz will talk about the experiences they gained during their last year's stay in Vienna and present works that have resulted from their participation in the scholarship project.
Agnieszka Ryszkiewicz invites you to a lecture-performance in which she is going to introduce the audience to the idea of ImPulsTanz and DanceWEB and give a presentation (live and video) of some of her and other grant holders' projects and undertakings born out of hours of meetings, classes, dance performances and discussions during the festival.
Iza Chlewinska brings to Stary Browar her latest solo "Ophelia is not dead". The story starts right after the death of the main protagonist, Ophelia, who by virtue of being dead can now start doing and saying precisely what she wants. Time and place are irrelevant. (…) The direct inspiration goes back to the author's experience gained from work with Gabriel Carizzo, Franck Chartier (Peeping Tom, Belgium) and Nigel Charnock (the co-founder of the DV8 Physical Theater from the UK) in 2008.
The idea of the title was born in Vienna during the DanceWeb scholarship program. Interestingly, the program sets only one condition for the participant artists: they are to use the same title for all individual shows in whatever country they are staged. It is likely, thus, that in effect we will have 66 different performances by 66 scholarship participants from 35 countries – staged all around the world under one and the same title. The inspiration for the spectacle comes from such works as Aglai Veteranyi's "God & flying", Virginia Woolf's "Waves" and Stanisław Wyspiański's "Ophelia's Death".