Renata Piotrowska, along with three other artists, was working on the performance "Untitled" during her residency in ST Spot and presented her latest solo piece "Death. Exercises and variations" at the Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama.
Dancer and choreographer Renata Piotrowska was invited to Japan by Mr Katsuhiro Ohira, the President of ST Spot Yokohama, during his visit at 2012 Polish Dance Platform in Poznań. Thanks to his initiative and the support of the Art Stations Foundation, Culture.pl and Centrum w Ruchu choreographers' association, four artists: Renata Piotrowska (choreography), Joanna Leśnierowska (light and dramaturgy), Anna Gołdanowska (set design) and Simon Auffret (sound) participated in the artistic residency in ST Spot Yokohama. During the two weeks in Poznań and one week in Japan, the artists worked on the performance "Untitled," which will premiere in November 2015 as part of the Stary Browar Nowy Taniec performative program of the Art Stations Foundation based in Poznań. At the end of their residency in ST Spot, the artists also organized an open studio, which gave the audience an opportunity to experience, hear and see the result of their work on the performance.
Renata Piotrowska explains her idea of the performance "Untitled" as follows:
When I read for the first time texts on animism in e-flux journal I felt that there is a whole new world openning in front of me. In the same time I immediatly came back to my childhood and moments when it was so obvious in my imagination that every object I'm in contact with has its own soul or life and that it relates to me as much as I relate to it. Nowadays it seems to me that rewieving what we all had as children and don't have as adults is not only a way to use personal stories from different perspective but also to problematize and fictonalize new visions of our contemporary world. A starting point for the work was animistic thought that what separates us from the world is the body and that the soul is common for all. What is potentially common on a physical level, as well as on symbolic one cause assotiated with a soul, is the breath – the air.
(...) During the research I'm interested in shaping the ways of working through such issues as: attention, kinesthetic empathy and an affect. Through exploration of possible relations between objects I'm planning to define choreographic and dance protocols in which the air is the main interest and material to work with.
Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama also featured Renata Piotrowska's solo performance "Death. Exercises and variations". In this show Piotrowska contrasts the idea of death as an event from which there is no return with the experience of the theatre, perceived by the scholar Peggy Phelan as a place where the society "rehearse for loss, and especially for death". Piotrowska's solo performance embodies this 'rehearsal' in a direct way. In an attempt to stage a meeting with death, the artist goes through different scenarios forming a performative diptych that travels through the ages of (in)experiencing death, during which she uses the artistic, cultural and social representation of this inevitable event. Repeatedly constructing the encounter with death, subjecting it to the choreography as an elusive partner, through the many faces of death, Piotrowska tracks the contemporary understanding of dying or lack thereof.
Renata Piotrowska is a choreographer and performer. She works with contemporary dance, new dance, performance art and contemporary theatre, confronting choreography with conceptual thinking. Nowadays in her works, on the side of the artistic interest in a perception, she contemplates contemporary world through her individual experiences and theoretical texts from the human sciences. She has created her own performances: "Teraz" / "Now" (2007), "Tańcząc z Wrogiem"/ "Dancing with the Enemy" (2007), "UNKNOWN" series (2008 – 2010), "B.R.E.A.K. Sztuka Wojny" / "B.R.E.A.K. The Art of War" (2010), "Unknown. Seans" (2011), "ON EXPRESSION" – duet with Eleonore Didier (2013). She has presented her pieces and took part in many festivals in Poland, Europe, USA and Israel, like the Body/Mind Festival and International Meetings with Art of Action "Rozdroże" in Warsaw, the International Malta Festival in Poznań, the Autumn Festival in Paris, 360 degrees in St.Brieuc, The International Dance Festival "Madrid en Danza" in Madrid, the Frameworks Festival in New York, and the International Mahol Shalem Festival in Jerusalem. In 2008 and 2010, her "Dancing with the Enemy" and "Unknown" were chosen for the prestigious Polska Platforma Tańca (Polish Dance Platform) review. As a performer and dancer, she has worked among others with Michael Schumacher, Nigel Charnock and Eleonore Didier. Renata has won many scholarships of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Art Stations Foundation and the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage programme "Młoda Polska" (2010) and programme "Stypendium Ministra" (2013).
ST Spot Yokohama is a non profit organization managing the ST Spot – an experimental performance space that was established in November 1987, with the mission to encourage regional artists and develop cultural activities in Yokohama. ST Spot presents various own productions and offers a diverse variety of opportunities to artists. ST Spot is not just a performance space, but also an on-going adventure exploring what a small arts organization can accomplish.
Presentations on 8th February, 2015 at ST Spot:
Authors: Renata Piotrowska (concept, direction, choregraphy), Anna Gołdanowska (installation), Joanna Leśnierowska (light, dramaturgy), Simon Auffret (sound), Yuiko Masaoka (collaboration)
Production: Art Stations Foundation / Poland
Co-production: ST Spot / Japan
Coordination of production: Julia Stryjska (Menuo Production)
Presentations in ST Spot:
Concept, choregraphy, performance: Renata Piotrowska
Dramaturgy: Bojana Bauer
Light: Ewa Garniec
Production: Burdąg Foundation