2013, performance, 40 min
choreography and performance:
Przemek Kamiński, Korina Kordova
dramaturgy: Mateusz Szymanówka
production: 5th International Maat Festival Border Line, Maat Project Theatre, Centre for Culture, Lublin
2015, cooking performance, 180 min
created and performed by: Przemek Kamiński, Korina Kordova, Mateusz Szymanówka, Marta Dymek (Jadłonomia)
support: Adam Mickiewicz Institute
2015, Jan Tarasin City Art Gallery, Kalisz
2015, Makers Exhibition, PQ Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, Prague
2014, Poznań Gallery Weekend, kolektyw 1a gallery, Poznań
2014, 100 Grad Festival, Sophiensaele, Berlin
2013, International Maat Festival Border Line, Lublin
#abyss.witchroulette is a chance operated performance, composed out of drawn on-stage tasks, that are enacted by the performers. Through these tasks, they attempt to penetrate images and cliches related to both the archetype and the stereotype of “the witch”, to rewrite and inscribe them to other bodies, to give them new meanings, to question transgression politics through trying to achieve impossible. They are playfully juxtaposing historical iconography with tumblr images and youtube found footage, as well as horror movies excerpts with pop bands’ video clips, workout tutorials and rehearsal video recordings. Through reenactments of scenes of spiritual possession, they wonder if such phenomena can be perceived as one of the somatic practices – inevitably important for the development of contemporary dance – and if it can be a working method. Perhaps dancers are contemporary witches. Perhaps your MacBook is a magic wand.
The culinary extravaganza #abyss.foodposession is a new incarnation of the performance #abyss.witchroulette. Here, artists are exploring the intersection between performance and food design – reframing the original work and adapting it to the new situation: durational cooking experience. Again, the agency is shifted to the power of chance that choreographs the order of cooking activities: adding ingredients and spices to the magical dish. Kitchen tools become wands, performers practice being possessed by them, while investigating what would a contemporary witch eat.
Both visual and aural aspects of the performance produce unreal and mysterious impressions. Computers, with an empty screens, are left in the space, as if they would wait to be turned on. In the following parts of the performance, various images appear there (also of the artists themselves). Performers move in a way that the time and space would be insignificant. Their movements are fluent, sometimes predatory, other time gentle. They don’t create a coherent composition, at the same time – intriguing a lot.
Marta Seredyńska, taniecPOLSKA.pl