In May 1961, American choreographer Simone Forti presented Five Dance Constructions and Some Other Things. An audience gathered in Yoko Ono’s famous loft on Chambers Street, New York, witnessed a kind of movement installation in which dance exists in a space above conventional stage-audience division, the way object exists in an art gallery space.
Przemek Kamiński appropriates Forti’s idea, recycles and reinterprets the original choreographic material. He creates his own “dance constructions”, focusing on the materiality of action, rather than potential narrative associations. Performer and simple objects occupy the same space and engage in similar kinds of movements: waving, sliding, rolling, squeezing, crushing, dropping, hanging.
Choreography and Performance Przemek Kamiński
Also Performed by Sonja Pregrad
Sound Bartosz Dziadosz Pleq
Video Robert Mleczko
Production Labirynt Gallery
Thanks to Mateusz Szymanówka
2018 The Proximity of the Straight Line. Performativity of the Avant-Garde, Polish Institute Berlin, Berlin
2016 Back to the Future Performance Cycle, Jan Tarasin City Art Gallery, Kalisz
2016 Begehungen Festiva, Chemnitz
2014 Labirynt Galley, Lublin
In his work Some Other Things, (…) Przemek Kamiński in a very non-museum-like way, guided an audience through Simone Forti’s experience and practice, and her work Five Dance Constructions and Some Other Things from 1961. As during hypnosis, the voice of the artist led an audience through rooms and arranged their choreographic situations. This, narrated in the present tense, tour through the historic performance, was intertwined with his actions, consisting, as in Forti’s work, of independent parts. (…) The dancer's body performed, along with other objects, as a neutral object in space. His movement was resulting from outside factors - characteristics of the adhesive tape, unimpeded movement and orientation of the rope. Between verbal narration and live action, Kamiński also created the third space - of his own documentation, presented on a computer screen placed on a skateboard-like platform. A video was showing the artist performing simple actions with objects and wandered between him and an audience, pushed or held by individuals. Some Other Things in a very subtle manner described (…) issues with contemporary choreography and sculpture: relationality - to space, audience, material (body, object, matter) and context. (…) Was it a critical work established by her [Simone Forti] and the Judson Dance Theatre tradition? If so, it relied on minimum shifts and subtle doubts about development directions set by postmodern dance, and issues of memory and reconstruction. In the end, the title of Kamiński’s work focuses not on dance constructions, but precisely on "some other things”.
- Magdalena Kownacka Methodologies of work and display strategies. Relations between contemporary sculpture and choreography, Back to the Future Publication
Photos Grzegorz Karkoszka