CODASI / PILOT SESSIONS / FREEDOM IN CHOREOGRAPHY / (M)OTHERS-WORK IN PROGRESS

FREEDOM DAY / FREEDOM in CHOREOGRAPHY / CODASI
Free admission
Performance / Workshops / Pilot Sessions / Discussion

Join us for Freedom Day with the HOTELOKO movement makers collective. This Warsaw-based collective, comprising Agata Życzkowska, Mirek Woźniak, Karina Szutko, and Maciej Feliga, is actively involved in contemporary choreography and dance, currently within the project “CODASI – Contemporary Dance for Sustainability and Inclusion.” CODASI is a consortium of representatives from five European partners from Belgium, France, Italy, Serbia, and Poland, focusing on sustainability and inclusion in contemporary dance. The project aims to compare the situations and strategies of choreography teams and collectives in different countries and develop methods that enhance the theme of sustainability. An important goal is also to integrate the contemporary dance audience, which is why one of the project’s events is held in Warsaw as part of the celebration of Freedom and Civil Rights Day – celebrated in Poland on June 4th, established by a resolution of the Polish Parliament on May 24, 2013. On this occasion, on Saturday, June 8, we invite you to the event titled “Freedom in Choreography / CODASI.”

“During this meeting, we will showcase what we do. We want to share our knowledge, practice, and our explorations in the field of sustainability and social inclusion as well as integration in art and everyday life. This meeting will consist of various elements: a work-in-progress show of our latest choreographic work ‘(M)others,’ we will present partial results of our work on the CODASI project, invite interested individuals to a movement practice and discussion. We are interested in social evolution leading to tolerance, and even broader, to acceptance and empathy,” says Agata Życzkowska, founder of the HOTELOKO movement makers collective and the author of this meeting’s idea.

“(M)others” focuses on an expanded concept of the mother, encompassing not only biological relationships but also social and territorial ones. The theme of MOTHER takes on an abstract form, delving deeper than just genetic or social relationships. It is an attempt to explore this universal role of “MOTHER,” which everyone carries within themselves, regardless of gender, age, sexual identity, skin color, abilities, or education. “(M)others” raises questions about the nature of family relationships, their durability, and possibilities for transformation. The idea of the performance opens a space for reflection on empathy, social expectations, and love despite differences. Searches related to a broader perspective on this theme, including particularly MOTHER EARTH, are also very important.

SATURDAY / 08.06.2024 / 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM / Free Admission
Ośrodek Kultury Ochoty – OKO Auditorium, Radomska 13/21 Street, Warsaw

Program:
– Performance work-in-progress of “(M)others” conceived and choreographed by Agata Życzkowska, performed by the HOTELOKO movement makers collective: Agata Życzkowska, Mirek Woźniak, Karina Szutko, Maciej Feliga
– Presentation of the CODASI project – “Contemporary Dance for Sustainability and Inclusion”
– Circle meeting
– Dance-movement practice with relaxation elements (workshops for interested individuals)
– Discussion
– Refreshments

For whom:
– For anyone who would like to get to know us
– For anyone who knows us and would like to meet on a June Saturday
– For anyone who likes to spend time in a group where we share our identity and make a for discussion for others
– For anyone who likes to move
– For anyone who likes to watch others move
– For anyone who values freedom

Workshop Conducted by:

AGATA ŻYCZKOWSKA – choreographer, actress, and educator. A graduate of the Acting Department at PWSFTviT in Łódź and a scholarship recipient of the City of Warsaw. Since 2011, she has led the HOTELOKO movement makers collective, producing performances such as “frau blush,” “Darklena,” and “Extinction: Replay.” She received an award for the performance “Absolutely Fabulous Dancers” at the Quartiers Danses Festival in Montreal (2019) and, together with Mirek Woźniak, the First Prize for the performance “Axiom of Choice” at the Sopot Theatrical Consequences (2020). Her performance “LUXA” has been selected for the Polish Dance Platform 2024. She builds her choreographies using authentic movement and identity. In her teaching, she seeks to find pleasure and relaxation in dance, which she shares with others.

Other Members of the HOTELOKO movement makers collective:

KARINA SZUTKO – dancer and choreographer. She participated in four Erasmus+ programs: “Dance Highways,” “Viral Visions-deconstructing art immunity,” “Innovative Tools For Dance Teachers” (In.To.Da.Te.), and “Contemporary Dance for Sustainability and Inclusion-CODASI.” Since 2018, she has co-created the HOTELOKO movement makers collective, participating in the performance “Insta Show.” In 2022, she took part in the new version of “Extinction: REplay,” presented in France in Carcassonne, at the Lekuz Leku Festival in Bilbao in the Basque Country-Spain, and in Düsseldorf during internationale tanzmesse nrw at Theater der Klänge. Currently, she is involved in the performances “SOLARPUNK” and “LUXA.”

MIREK WOŹNIAK – dancer, vocalist, musical theater actor, and choreographer. He was nominated for the XVI Jan Kiepura Musical Theater Awards for Best Dancer (other dance forms category 2022). A multiple participant in the International Ballet Festival in Miami. Co-creator of the artistic collective “Kompania Primavera” along with Iza Szostak, Ramona Nagabczyńska, Anna Hop, and Szymon Osiński, under the direction of Dariusz Lewandowski. Since 2019, he has co-created the HOTELOKO movement makers collective with Agata Życzkowska, producing four performances: “Absolutely Fabulous Dancers,” “Axiom of Choice,” “Extinction: REplay,” and “SOLARPUNK.”

MACIEJ FELIGA – dancer, performer, and actor. From a young age, he has danced classical, contemporary, and competitive dance in various styles. He attended the Theater Studio at Teatr BAZA in Warsaw. Since 2023, he has been a member of the HOTELOKO movement makers collective, with whom he created the performance “SOLARPUNK,” conceived and choreographed by Agata Życzkowska, presented at the U:NEW Dance Wave Festival in Warsaw and the Festival Internazionale Dissidanza in Palermo (2023). He collaborated with Dawid Żakowski on the performances “Balladyna” (2020) and “FEferdydurke” (2021) and with the Stowarzyszenie Sztuka Nowa, where he produced the performance “Hamlet.motion,” which evolved into the performance “Hamlet in Motion” (2023).

Production: Fundacja Rozwoju Teatru ‘NOWA FALA’ / HOTELOKO movement makers collective
Partners: Ochota Cultural Center OKO, Dame de Pic/Brussels, l’espace/Palermo, La Galerie Choréographique/Carcassonne, Kultura Nova/Novi Sad

Funded by: The European Union

Funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund – a state special-purpose fund, as part of the “Dance” program, implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.