Durski, Kania, Stanek, Ustowska

26 April / 6:30 PM / KCC Studio

Concept and performance: Katarzyna Kania, Katarzyna Ustowska, Piotr Stanek, Patryk Durski

Dramaturgy: Katarzyna Kania

Music: Michał Drabczyk

Light design: Michał Kołodziej

Production: Stowarzyszenie Teatr Dada von Bzdülöw, Teatr Wybrzeże, Gdańsk przy wsparciu Urzędu Miasta

Duration: 60 min

The performance is held within the Polish Dance Network 2019.

ONE is the 51st premiere of Dada von Bzdülöw Theater, that has existed since 1992. Previous premiere: “DZISIAJ, WSZYSTKO”, was the summary of lasting 25 years artistic research of the theater guided by Leszek Bzdyl and Katarzyna Chmielewska. New beginning belongs to young creators from Dada Theater.

Katarzyna Ustowska and Piotr Stanek, known to Gdańsk audience for performing in previous Dada Theater spectacles: ENCLAVE 4/7, INTRO and DZISIAJ WSZYSTKO. Katarzyna Kania is a student of Choreography and Performance faculty (Institute for Applied Theater Studies in Giessen) and Patryk Durski- a graduate of Dance Theater Department in Bytom.

“Our current knowledge about the so-called reality suggests rather sensibly that the universe is made of tiny elementary particles and their so-called motions. Their number is infinite. That is, there is always one more. So some of them stick together. And last longer this way.
Galaxies, people fruit. All more or less complex clumps of particles. An innate mental block seldom lets you think about yourselves this way. Seeing the self and the world as an abstract glob of particles leads to uncomfortable conclusions.”
Norman Leto “Sailor”

The performance begins with dance. The dance begins with interactions of bodies, sounds, and objects. Bodies and objects begin in the bodily “collective” and concentrate on its creative and destructive power.

A form that starts to shape itself leads to different discoveries of potentialities, dynamics, and limitations. “One” is driven by a constant fascination with building and deconstructing, sense and nonsense, the whole and the “black hole”. Through challenging the idea of performative form, it is balancing between a form of experiment and entertainment. It is built on poetic dialogue between subject and collective. The spaces in between sounds, dances and movements are filled with questions about who are we as subjects, and how we can “be” and create “together”.

Patryk Durski
Graduate of the Academy of Theater Arts at the Department of Dance Theater in Bytom. Works as an independent artist. Recently, he has been collaborating with A. Kamińska, P. Degórski and A. Słyż (Movement Sonification Lab.) exploring technologically mediated dependence of motion and sound, in which technology plays the role of extending and expanding the possibilities of corporeal perception. He also co-creates the LineAct group, in which the vertical dance technique is used in addition to conventional performance measures and site specific methods. He collaborated with Burning Bridges company Jens van Daele. He also performs at the National Theater in Warsaw (“Burza” by Shakespeare, directed by P. Miśkiewicz, chor. D. Knapik) and at the J. Slowacki Theater in Krakow (“Kariera Arturo Ui” directed by R. Brzyk, chor. D. Knapik). In September 2018, in cooperation with the theater Dada von Bzdülöw he created “ONE” show, which is a collective work of K. Kania, K. Ustowska, P. Stanek and P. Durski.

Kasia Kania (1990)
Since 2013, she is working with different artistic constellations, finding herself between Poland and Germany, and positioning herself between performer and choreographer. Since 2016- she is part of Institute for Applied Theater Studies in Giessen (Choreography and Performance department). In 2014 she graduated from Master Program at Dance Theatre  Department in Bytom (Poland) and since than explores imaginative and un- imaginative aspects and strategies of choreography and dance. In 2012 she co- created an international collective little:interfernece, with which she was performing in Germany, Russia, Hungary, Poland.  In 2014 she started a long term collaboration with Piotr Stanek, and producing performances in the context of different institutions and festivals in Poland and abroad ( ŻAK in Gdańsk, Studio Theatre in Warsaw, KCC Cracow, CSK Lublin, Deltebre Dansa Festival, Dei Due Mondi (Spoleto), Flora Theatre Festival, Mousonturm in Frankfurt am Main).

Piotr Stanek
Graduated from the The Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Cracow, Dance Theatre  Department in Bytom. Since 2013 he has been collaborating with Dada von Bzdülöw Theater. Recently he has been working in several productions, among others with Jerzy Stuhr, Rafał Urbacki, Jens Van Daele, Jacek Łumiński, Kuba Kowalski, Remigiusz Brzyk, Paweł Miśkiewicz. He was awarded a “public favorite dancer” during “Eurovision Contest for Young Dancers 2013”, he took part in two editions of Deltebre Dansa festival…He divides his attention between collaborating with other artists as a performer, and creating his own choreographic works, such as: They robbed my bike (Klub Żak, Gdansk, residence / premiere 2014), EMERGENCY PLAN (Krakow Choreographic Center 2015), ONE (produced by Dada von Bzdülöw Theater, Theater Wybrzeże Gdańsk 2018) and others.

Katarzyna Ustowska
Born in Gdansk, Poland, where she studied at the State Ballet School (2008) before continuing her dance education at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds, UK (BPA in Contemporary Dance, 2012) and the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst. Frankfurt am Main, Germany (MA in Contemporary Dance Education, 2017). Kasia works across the spectrum of contemporary dance, including performing and choreography, as well as dance education. Since 2013 she has been collaborating with the Dada von Bzdulow Theatre (Gdansk, Poland) and more recently, in 2018, with the Trans-Atlantyk Theatre. She co-founded the Polka dot Foundation, an organisation focussed on developing and promoting dance and choreography with artists and cultural institutions. She has worked with choreographers and  theatre directors from a range of backgrounds including; Leszek Bzdyl, Paul Bargetto, Robero Olivan, Rafał Dziemidok, Ivgi&Greben, Lea Anderson and Jakub Truszkowski. In addition to regularly teaching professional dancers, actors and amateurs, Kasia is developing an educational dance program for children in a Montessori pedagogical setting.

The Polish Dance Network is organized by the Institute of Music and Dance.