Co-curator of the festival – Katarzyna Bester
The BalletOFFFestival is organized by the Krakow Choreographic Centre that is a part (department) of the Nowa Huta Cultural Centre. Until now the employees of the KCC were responsible for the programming the festival. This year we were supported with the curatorial vision of Katarzyna Bester. Below you can find a short bio of our co-curator who helped to shape the program of the performances 2018. We will meet during the festival, see you soon!
Katarzyna Bester – theater theorist, critic and curator. Doctor of Philospohy in Humanities at the Jagiellonian University, Department of Performance Studies. Particulary interested in intercultural performance, contemporary dance, contemporary Japanese theater. She published in the journal “Didaskalia”, “Odra”, “Scene “,”Theater ” and “Fragile “.The author of the monograph “The construction and deconstruction of the audience in the intercultural theater” (Krakow 2009). She lead her author’s lectures dedicated to the issue of changes in contemporary Japanese theater and dance. Member of the”Association for Asian Performance“ (AAP ), and of the “The Center for Performance Research and Cultural Studies in South Asia” (Cpracsis). In 2013 she created the concept and organized the International Contemporary Dance Festival “Kroki”. She was also a curator of the festival. In 2017, she curated several subsequent editions of the Studio Dance Stage (Scena Tańca Studio) project implemented by Studio Theater in Warsaw and the Institute of Music and Dance as a curator. She also worked as a playwright on a spectacle between contemporary dance and the opera “HARAWI -Event Horizon”, the production of the festival Körpersturme/Kassel/Germany. Currently, she develops her curatorial skills by creating a program of guest performances as part of the BalletOFFFestival International Contemporary Dance Festival. She also deals with the creation of events from the borderline of art and science at the SOLARIS National Synchrotron Radiation Centre. Katarzyna prepares the book publication of her doctoral dissertation.
Main photography by Katarzyna Machniewicz.