LUXA / Agata Życzkowska 

Concept and dramaturgy: Agata Życzkowska

Choreography and performance: Agata Życzkowska & Karina Szutko

 work in progress

Production: ‘NEW WAVE’ Foundation / HOTELOKO movement makers collective

Project implemented as part of the Artistic Scholarship of the Capital City of Warsaw 2023

Luxury is material goods and expensive services hardly accessible to the average person. Luxury is a pleasure that most of us can rarely afford. The performance “LUXA” is an attempt to touch upon the theme of luxury for women in the context of human relations in the world of pop culture. It is the idea of touching our identity through mass human desires and aspirations. This includes many items that are feminine attributes, such as expensive, exclusive perfumes and cosmetics, handbags or jewellery with precious stones. However, luxury has many facets. Luxury can be bottle-green jade mined in Burma, a stone that nature gives us naturally, but it can also be free time for a woman or the ability to take charge of her own body. In the climate and social context, especially in the future, this could also become drinking water, which in many countries is already called BLUE GOLD.

Partners: Centre for the Promotion of Culture Praga Południe, Z. Raszewski Theatre Institute, Ochota Culture Centre, Arbeit und Leben DGB/VHS NRW e.V. / Viral Visions / Junges Schauspiel / Erasmus+

Work in progress will be presented in May 2023 in Düsseldorf as part of the project ‘Viral Visions’ / 24.05.2023 – 18:00 – Venue: Junges Schauspielhaus in Münsterstraße 446, 40470 Düsseldorf.

The second screening of work in progress is scheduled for September 2023 in Warsaw as part of the U:NEW Festival / 28.09.2023 – 19:00 – Venue: Z. Raszewski Theatre Institute, 1 Jazdow Street

The premiere and the screening of the final performance will take place in Warsaw in December 2023:

09.12.2023 – 19:00 – Venue: The Centre for Promotion of Culture, 2 Podskarbinska Street

10.09.2023 – 19:00 – Venue: Ochota Culture Centre, 13/21 Radomska Street

AGATA ŻYCZKOWSKA – choreographer, dancer, actress. Graduate of the Acting Department of the National Film, Television and Theatre University in Łódź/Poland and postgraduate studies in Cultural Diplomacy at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow/Poland. She was awarded the Artistic Scholarship of the City of Warsaw for 2023 and scholarships in the Mobiles in Culture programme in 2020 and 2021. She was an actress at Teatr Polski in Bydgoszcz for three years. During that time, she received two awards: an ensemble award for the production of “The Vampire’s Family” directed by Paweł Szkotak, where she was also an assistant director, and the Award for Best Young Actor. She received an ensemble award for her performance ‘Absolutely Fabulous Dancers’ at the Quartiers Danses Festival in Montreal (2019) and an award for her performance ‘Axiom of Choice’ at the Sopot Theatre Consequences (2020). In 2011, she founded the HOTELOKO Theatre (since 2017 the HOTELOKO movement makers collective), within which she has produced more than a dozen performances, including “frau / mujer/ femme”, “My Friends are Dancing”, “Absolutely Fabulous Dancers”, “Darklena”, “Insta Show”, “Axiom of Choice” and “Extinction: REplay”. Her performances are presented at international festivals, including Mandala Performance Festival in Wrocław, Kalejdoskop and Art Weekend festivals in Białystok, Festival Localize in Potsdam (Germany), Danses-Cités in Carcassonne (France), Festival Dissidansa in Palermo (Sicily), Festival Lekuz Leku in Bilbao (Spain-Basque Country).

KARINA SZUTKO – dancer, composer, graphic designer. She dances in the New Folk companie. She took part in contemporary dance workshops led by Weronika Pelczyńska, Karolina Bartoń, Julia Adamczyk, Kamila Kwietniewska, Maria Colusi, Silje Solheim Johansen. She participated in the project “Familly Affair” by the Italian collective ZimmerFrei. She takes part in regular Broadway Dance classes led by choreographer Magdalena Jelonek. European Champion in Carribean Show category (Lyon 2017), World Champion in Latin Show category (Sarajevo 2019). She has twice won the first prize in the contemporary and jazz/modern dance competitions Solove 2020 and Solove 2021 at the Youth Palace in Warsaw. Since 2018 she has been working with the HOTELOKO movement makers collective. She participated in the performance “Insta Show” (2018) choreographed by Magdalena Przybysz and directed by Agata Życzkowska, which was selected for the programme of the Polish National Institute of Music and Dance “Stage for Dance 2019”. She was a participant in the workshop “Pass the dance on” led by Dawid Żakowski, Ewelina Sobieraj and Agata Życzkowska (2019). She performed in the performance “Extinction: REplay” by Agata Życzkowska (2022). Together with Agata Życzkowska she also created the music for this performance. She took a part in the “Dance Highways” project led by La Galerie Chorégraphique in Carcassonne /France. Currently, a participant of the “Viral Visions” projects within the Erasmus+ program. She is the author of the HOTELOKO movement makers logo and the Viral Visions logo.

Project „Viral Visions – deconstructing art immunity” funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ Programme

Partners: Arbeit und Leben DGB/VHS NRW e.V. Düsseldorf, La Galerie Chorėgraphique Carcassonne, L’espace ASDC & Zappulla DMN Company Palermo, Fundacja Rozwoju Teatru ‘NOWA FALA’ & HOTELOKO movement makers-Warsaw, THEATER DER KLÄNGE / Düsseldorf, Body Architects – Spartenübergreifende Interdisziplinäre
und Bühnenkuns – Vienna, Mala akademija umjetnosti Ernestinovo