Every Minute Motherland

MACIEJ KUŹMIŃSKI COMPANY

Every Minute Motherland is a dance performance created by Maciej Kuzminski and devised using documentary methods in response to the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine and the refugee crisis that followed it. The performance was made with a Polish-Ukrainian team including refugees in collaboration with the dramaturg Paul Bargetto.

The piece is inspired by the personal stories of the dancers and based on extensive laboratory work. It explores the effects of trauma, exile, and alienation set against larger themes of war, identity, and the immovable forces of history and geography. With the constant daily background of television and social media where the war plays out in numbing repetition, the piece refocuses our attention on the bodies of the winessess, whose experiences will be released on stage transcribed in motion and time and reaching for the spirit of ritual and myth.

From Mariupol to Kharkhiv, and everywhere else the war has come, culture and artists have been made deliberate targets in an attempt to destroy Ukrainian nation. This project is an act of resistance to these crimes and a statement of solidarity with Ukraine.

The dance painting by Maciej Kuźmiński reminds us of how real and close the experience of war can be - a total experience that permeates time, the space around us, our bodies and minds. [...] Despite the very expressive and emotional scenes, the performance is not depressing. It is moving, touching at times, but it is the kind of feeling that allows you to experience catharsis in the theater.

 

Justyna Stanisławska, taniecpolska.pl

a multidimensional story about what the war does to the human body and human interior, but also how it affects space and time. [...] the viewer takes a journey into the deepest recesses of his sensitivity.
Justyna Stanisławska, taniecpolska.pl

a multidimensional story about what the war does to the human body and human interior, but also how it affects space and time. [...] the viewer takes a journey into the deepest recesses of his sensitivity.

Justyna Stanisławska, taniecpolska.pl

The dance painting by Maciej Kuźmiński reminds us of how real and close the experience of war can be - a total experience that permeates time, the space around us, our bodies and minds. [...] Despite the very expressive and emotional scenes, the performance is not depressing. It is moving, touching at times, but it is the kind of feeling that allows you to experience catharsis in the theater.

 

Justyna Stanisławska, taniecpolska.pl

Every Minute Motherland
MACIEJ KUŹMIŃSKI COMPANY

choreography, lighting design, music edit
Maciej Kuźmiński

dramaturgy
Paul Bargetto

assistant choreographer
Monika Witkowska

photos, documentary film
Anna Semenova

video recording, editing
Paweł Szymkowiak, Aleksander Joachimiak

production
Polina Bulat, Maciej Kuźmiński

performance & creation
Daria Koval, Anna Myloslavska
Vitaliia Vaskiv, Anastasia Ivanova,
Monika Witkowska, Szymon Tur,
Omar Karabulut, Judyta Pakulska (intern)

duration
55min

premiere
25 August 2022, Klub Żak, Gdańsk, Poland

produced by
Maciej Kuźmiński Company within the project residency /premiere 2022 Klub Żak In partnership with Materia Łódź (Przestrzenie Sztuki program), Creators for Ukraine foundation (founded by CIAS and ZAIKS) and Ukrainian Institute.

The Przestrzenie Sztuki program is financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance and the Theater Institute of Zbigniew Raszewski. Operator: Materia, partners: the Music Academy of Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz in Lodz, the City Culture Zone, Art Center and the City of Lodz Office.

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