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What’s New in the New Arts
July 6, 2018   
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The exhibition “Other Dances” at the Center for Contemporary (CSW) in Warsaw takes on board one of the most significant phenomena of new art in Poland in the recent years - the bold experiments by the creators of dance, theater, performance, music and visual arts, which have combined into the phenomenon referred to as the performative turn.

The title of the exhibition refers to the production put on in 1982 by one of the most important formations of Polish experimental theatre – Academy of Movement (A.R.), considered an important precursor of the present performative turn. Secondly, the phrase ‘other dances’ should suggests exhibition’s aim – to confront the viewers with what is new in art, what is changing the game plan, broadening out the scope for challenge, and what has not yet acquired a definitive description or been confined within a theoretical framework.

Thirdly, A.R., which for many years had been led by Wojciech Krukowski, the director of Ujazdowski Castle, has another meaningful reference to CSW as an interdisciplinary institution that has abandoned the formal departmentalization of visual and performing arts, instead keeping up with the current artistic praxis.

The artists taking part in the “Other Dances” are known for conducting a daring re-interpretation of the Polish tradition of performing arts. Among significant but usually negative points of reference is Jerzy Grotowski’s para-theatrical activity, the classical and happening legacy of Tadeusz Kantor as well as classical performance art. They are more eager to derive from the achievements of relational aesthetics, alternative music, the theory of performativity, post-dramatic theatre or conceptual dance.

The works shown at the exhibition include recordings of groundbreaking performances directed by Marta Ziółek or Anna Karasińska, the Chorus of Women, fragments of eccentric stage sets by Aleksandra Wasilkowska, interactive installations by Krzysztof Garbaczewski, sound projects by Konrad Smoleński and Wojtek Blecharz, sculptures and photographs by Aneta Grzeszykowska and films by Karol Radziszewski.
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