HOTELOKO movement makers collective was founded in 2016 from the Theatre HOTELOKO established in 2011 by actress, director, manager and producer Agata Życzkowska who carries out artistic, educational and social projects. Her core interests evolve around new choreography and dance experimentation. Agata Życzkowska runs the collective cooperating with choreographers and dancers: Mirek Woźniak, Magdalena Przybysz and Wojciech Grudziński as well as invites to cooperate the other artists from Poland, Europe and all over the world.
HOTELOKO movement makers won the jury prize “Coup de Coeur” on the Festival Quartiers Danses (Montreal, Canada 2019) for the originality of the performance “Absolutely Fabulous Dancers”.
“Absolutely Fabulous Dancers” / Photo: Romain Lorraine
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS DANCERS – rework 5/09/2019 / DANCE ART CENTER IN WARSAW
September 2020 – Festival DANSES- CITéS Carcassonne / France – La Galerie Chorégraphique
October 2020 – Festival B.A.D. Bilbao / Spain/Basque
October 2020 – Festiwal Dantzan Tzan in Vitoria-Gasteiz / Spain/Basque
Photo: Marta Ankiersztejn
Photo: Karolina Jóźwiak
Why HOTELOKO? Because the collective does not have, by default, a permanent venue and is open to moving around (HOTEL), highly values madness (from the Spanish word “LOCO” meaning mad), and it draws attention to the experience inscribed in the eye (“OKO” means ‘eye’ in Polish).
Why movement makers? Since the main means of storytelling for the collective is movement (although the team boldly incorporates music and text into their performances as well.)
The collective has developed the following performances to date: “frau/mujer/femme”, “#myfriendsaredancing”, “Absolutely Fabulous Dancers”, “Darklena”, “Insta Show”, “frau blush” and “Axiom of Choice”. They have created their own language of expression, a slightly freak dancing style highlighting the diversity stemming from the different backgrounds and roots of the performers.
A distinct feature prevailing in the works produced by HOTELOKO movement makers is unpredictability and the involvement of the audience in the performances. In many scenes the audience performatively co-create the world on par with the artists. The core idea is to diminish the boundary between the audience and the performers, switching roles and toying with expectations. The most important criterion is sincerity. HOTELOKO makes shows that touch upon reality, whose plots are inspired by the everyday world both in Poland and abroad. Topics such as community, freedom, the city, tolerance, equality and education are what the artists mostly discuss in their work. The collective works primarily in Warsaw but collaborates with foreign partners as well.
PRODUCTIONS OF HOTELOKO movement makers 2016-2019
AXIOM OF CHOICE / 5.12.2019 / DANCE ART CENTER IN WARSAW
Photo: Karolina Jóźwiak
DARKLENA / 4.06.2018 / DANCE ART CENTER IN WARSAW
frau blush / 8.10.2018 / DANCE ART CENTER IN WARSAW Photo: Marta Ankiersztejn
INSTA SHOW / 10.09.2018 / DANCE ART CENTER IN WARSAW Photo: Marta Ankiersztejn
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS DANCERS / 30.06.2017 / PROM CULTURE SASKA KĘPA
Photo: Anna Ciupryk
#myfriendsaredancing/ 22.10.2016 / CENTER OF CULTURE PROMOTION PRAGA POŁUDNIE
frau / mujer / femme / 17.07.2016 / PROM OF CULTURE SASKA KĘPA
Photo: Marta Ankiersztejn / Pat Mic / Marta Ankiersztejn
“selfie / kiste / pudełko” / 21.11.2014 / PROM CULTURE SASKA KĘPA
HOTELOKO movement makers 2016-2019