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photo: Paweł Maciak

So what about Polish dance? Pre-Platform Presentations

TO-EN Butoh Company

Mélange

29.09.2012 / 19:00 / Studio Słodownia +3 / double bill

Project Mélange is a result of a search for a common platform for the butoh dance and photography. The artists ask themselves a question about the dialog between a photographed matter and a matter of the body. They wish to create “a living photography”, a notebook of the surroundings. The merging of the butoh body and images depicting a process of decay, opens new fields of meaning. It raises the biologism of changes around us to another level. Mélange asks a question about the identity of a contemporary body. Can the body get a new integrity? Can the body living now in the process of defragmentation reach a new dimension?

Presented photography by Pawel Maciak comes from Metabolism series, 2004 (Rothko, Bird 2, Leftovers, Meat, Fork, Chest, Neck, Meat, Soup III, Plant 1, Reverse).

TO-EN is a butoh dancer and choreographer from Poland. She is the head of TO-EN Butoh Company. Between 2005-2009 she was a disciple of SU-EN, butoh artist, choreographer and artistic director of the SU-EN Butoh Company in Sweden. At that time TO-EN has participated in many performances, projects and festivals, presented on the main Swedish stages. 2009 in Stockholm, TO-EN has made her solo debut with the dance performance White – bialy. This solo was a starting point for TO-EN Butoh Company. Currently in Poland, TO-EN works in the field of stage performances, multidisciplinary and site-specific projects, improvisations, lectures, workshops.
www.toenbutoh.com

Paweł Maciak - engaged in photography, painting, graphic, video. Author of critical articles. Musician – temporary working on a project White deer. Graduated from Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz (Graphics and Painting Department). In 1996 Maciak received graduation diploma of Prof. A. Bartczak wood-cut studio. Studied also photography, painting and typography. Maciak’s works were shown on many individual and collective exhibitions.
maciak.ovh.org

Tautvydas Bajarkevičius – is a curator, writer and sound artist from Vilnius, Lithuania. He has been involved into a number of projects of contemporary visual and sound art as institutional or independent curator and coordinator (“Garso zona“ (Sound Zone), “Self Objects“, Swedbank award exhibitions, Thomas Mann festival (“Nida“). Currently developes a continuous project Intersections, devoted to various genres of contemporary music in a broad context. As a sound artist he regularly performs in various contexts, takes part in international workshops, collaborative projects, festivals and exhibitions. His music was releasead by labels Cronica (Portugal), Zeromoon (United States), True Call (Germany), Surfaces (Lithuania).
audio-z-blog.livejournal.com, www.myspace.com/audiozmusic

oluhi - she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Interior Design Dep., Cracow, Poland. oluhi was unveiled by the Warsaw store - the most - for the Tokyo based agency “Dune”. It gave her a chance to produce and happily sell oluhi collections in Japan. In 2007 o. took part in “el boton” “Mango Fashion Awards”, Barcelona, and was classified among 50 designers, from all over the world, for the second stage of the competition. In 2009, together with a friend, a vj and a film producer, pani k., they showed during “off fashion week”, Lodz, Poland and “Opener Music Festival”, Gdynia, Poland.
www.oluhi.com, www.myspace.com/oluhi

concept, choreography and dance TO-EN Images
multimedia artwork Pawel Maciak
sound Tautvydas Bajarkevičius
costume oluhi
The project was supported by Pomeranian Parliament and textile store “Arej” in Cracow