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Theater Meets Dance and Visual Arts
October 29, 2008   
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The 15th Crossroads International Meeting of Live Arts festival organized by the Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art and the Art and Modernity Foundation starts Nov. 3.

Organized since 1994, the festival features shows on the border between theater, dance and visual arts. Each festival is dedicated to prominent international artists, but as yet unknown to the wider Polish public. The Crossroads festival has in the past invited artists such as the Meredith Monk vocal ensemble from New York, Japanese dancer Kazuo Ohno or the contemporary dance company Rosas from Brussels.

This year's festival will focus on the French artists Mathilde Monnier and Christian Rizzo.

Monnier is a dancer and choreographer. She has been director since 1994 of the National Center Of Choreography in Montpellier, France. She has created more than 30 shows which have been performed worldwide. The festival will showcase her piece called Tempo 76 performed by the Centre Choreographique National de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon.

Rizzo is a choreographer, performer and stage designer. His work inhabits the frontier between performance and visual arts. In 1996 he founded the L'association fragile/ Christian Rizzo dance company. His work has been staged at the Avignon festival as well as in Paris, London and New York.

L'association fragile and Rizzo will perform a piece entitled B.c, Janvier 1545, Fontainebleau, starring French dancer Julie Gilbert, who was a member of the Opera Ballet in Lyon and the Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm.

Besides the French artists, the festival will stage shows by the Polish companies Universal Law of Impermanence, U/LOI, as well as the Akademia Ruchu (Academy of Movement) from Warsaw.

U/LOI is directed by the dancer, performer and choreographer Kaja Kołodziejczyk, a graduate of the National Ballet School in Warsaw and the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios in Brussels. Since 2000, she has been working on a series of pieces partly based on dance improvisation, which have been performed by U/LOI since 2007.

Akademia Ruchu was founded in Warsaw in 1974. Theater, visual arts and performance all feature in their work. They will present a series of four short pieces entitled Four Lectures. These will be in the form of unusual lectures, an attempt to describe social attitudes and mechanisms. These pieces were unveiled on their own for the first time last year, each time in different places and conditions. During the festival, they will be shown together in the same space for the first time.

Tickets for the show by the Centre Choreographique National de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon on sale at the Wielki Theater-National Opera, tel. 022 826 32 87/88, reservations: 022 826 50 19. Tickets: normal zl.25-45, concessions zl.20-36, standing zl.15.

Tickets for the show by L'association fragile / Christian Rizzo available at Teatr Studio, tel. 022 656 69 41, reservations: 022 620 21 02. Tickets: normal zl.36, concessions zl.24, standing zl.12.

Tickets for Universal Law of Impermanence U/LOI and Akademia Ruchu available at Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art one hour before shows, no reservations. Tickets: normal zl.30, concessions zl.15.

Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art
2 Jazdów St., 00-467 Warsaw
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