“In The Dark – We Play”
Collective performance by Kasia Zawadzka and Fiona Oliver-Larkin.
In this performance we are using elements of physical theatre, puppetry, aerial self-suspension, ambient music.
It’s an exploration of what happens in the dark.
“The Dark. Might it be the dark that we experience within ourselves, the one around us, the one in the basement, or in the night in the forest. Could be literal of metaphorical.
Is it possible to play in the dark?
Children learn by playing, and how adults learn? Are they allowed to play? And what about Creatures? How would they learn? Would they be gentle? Primal?
What are the rules?”
‘A dynamic exploration of sexual abuse within a relationship, and its pernicious shockwaves though the self.
During this performance I explore the process of an abusive relationship, especially sexual and physical abuse. Props that I use for this piece are very symbolic and help the audience to feel exactly what victim of such relationship is going through, step by step. By using specially composed ambient music I will take the audience on the journey of joy and excitement, fall, manipulation of the abuser, through exploring traumatic physical experience of being abused, to lead them to the point that there’s always a way out. That there are paths, and people , who are whiling to help. That the closed blind circle of pain may end in a positive way, and let you grow stronger and more beautiful than ever.
To achieve that I am using techniques of physical theatre, slow motion movement, ambient music, shibari rope work and art installation.
I have worked on this performance since 2017, and already performed it very successfully in London at the Modern Panic VIII, Rope Spirit in Prague and ANATOMY in Edinburgh. Next showing of this piece will take place at the Manipulate Festival in Edinburgh (February 2019).
Methods that I use have elements of Physical Theatre, Shibari, Aerial and Visual Arts.
I would love to perform this more, as I noticed it may help other people who experiences similar stories, to sooth their trauma from the past, or help them to leave such abusive and destructive relationship if they are in it at the moment.
Chewingum by It’s Complicated Collective
Chewing Gum is everyday, it is left on the street– stuck to the shoe, the working week; it is hard to shift, hard to shake.
We are chewing gum…
That no amount of industrial cleaner has been able to lift from the concrete.
Chewingum is a promenade dance by It’s Complicated Collective. As we move through the space we will pick up and stick to bits of debris, to windows, each other and members of the public.
A promenade dance with elements of butoh and body isolation that traverses the Hidden Door Venue getting tied up through the use of shibari rope work. Accompanied by live musicians.
We are Chewing gum, but we are also Lewis Sherlock, Suzi Cunningham, Kasia Zawadska, Dylan Comte de Red and Graeme Wilson
Repetition – knot
“Repetition is not repetition, … The same action makes you feel something completely different by the end.” – Pina Baush
We all struggle in our relationships, may it be relationship with life-time partner, relationship with our parents, with our friends. All our relationships are connected with emotions and they have a real impact on our body. If repeated, they lead into creating certain patterns in our behavior and our body movement. In this performance I explore the way of breaking the patterns, ripping off labels and breaking thorough the forth wall.
Blindfolded, lead thorough crowd, suspended, vulnerable – but somehow in control. Exploring muscle memory, the space. Following the warmth of the audience…
Performed as part of the the Soap Box night, at Anatomie Studio in London in June 2016. I would like to take this performance further and expand the amount of interaction with an audience. I believe that breaking the fourth wall and having more connection (both physical and emotional) with an audience, takes performance into different dimension and makes it richer.
Showcase for the Diploma in Physical Theatre
Final Assessment for the Diploma in Physical Theatre.
“Oneness” is a short act, a 10 mintues long piece – it is a part of performance that I wrote almost 1 year ago. It is a physical presentation of overcoming traumatic experience. The idea was clear from the very beginning, I just didn’t know how to ‘touch’ it, and where to start. Final assessment was giving me perfect opportunity to explore this concept.
After participating Conflux Residency for Established Artist in April this year and working there on this project, I decided to go deeper and start exploration immidiately. I took the 3rd out of 4 chapters, and worked on it with my fellow students from the course of Diploma in Physical Theatre Practice as a final performance.
Soon I will start working on a full length performance, and I hope to show it in theatres in 2017/18.
In IV chapters I will combine several performance arts disciplines such as: art installations, physical theatre, shibari, dance and visual arts.
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