The new work by Kuźmiński is a caleidoscope of images and memories, capturing a man in a surreal space, where time wraps on itself. Recurring and seemingly disconnected scenes reflect the contemporary, fragmented world, where actual and virtual images blur beyond recognition.
Resulting is a portrait of five individuals, each having own story and desires, suspended in constant motion. They become a part of an archipelago of memories, which gradually envelops the audience with an unforgettable strength of imagery.
Kuźmiński reveals the solitude of an individual by stripping the choreography of any physical touch between the dancers. In his works he often creates strong and atmospheric stage images, which seem to create a sence of a journey. These in turn are contrasted with moments of suspension, where actors perform in slow motion, or prevail in painfully elongated stillness. The fragmented composition, existencial character of his works and links to XXI century philosophy ( in this case Deleuze’an concept of time-image ) all contribute to gradually emerging choreographic style of Maciej Kuźmiński.
- choreography, sound, production
- Maciej Kuźmiński
- performance & creation
- Anna Mikuła, Grzegorz Łabuda, Monika Witkowska, Zuzanna Kasprzyk, Karol Miękina
- dramaturgy & acting
- Adam Hypki
- lighting design
- Ewa Garniec
- costume design
- Justyna Jakubczyk-Lassota
- 70 min
- learn more about the artists
- Caro Dance Theatre with Centre for Culture and Art in Siedlce, Poland, Zduńska Wola Culture House, Poland and JOHAN Centrum in Pilsen, Czech Republic
- Centre for Culture and Art in Siedlce, Poland; Zduńska Wola Culture House, Poland; JOHAN Centrum in Pilsen, Czech Republic, Visegrad Artist Residency Fund – Performing Arts Grants, East European Performing Arts Programme – Small Grants, Institute of Music and Dance – “Scene for Dance 2017” grant for touring
- Archipelago is about élan vital, the experience of life, not about reading or thinking of it – even though the source for the work was rooted in the XX’th Century philosophy, the Deleuzean concept of time-image. The work is visually very rich, mostly because it consists fragments, small bits of images forming scenes, which were brought in by the performers themselves. Archipelago is a kind of hybrid between the dancers experiences, their memories and their projections inspired by the sources such as films. One such source was Tarkovsky “Mirror”, which became a kind of reference point for us.
- Adam Hypki, in an interview fortaniecpolska.pl