It barely gets dark. In the twilight, the performers cast a spell over us. They move in the box step, a sequence from social dances, and break out of it with sensual, exuberant and alienated gestures. On the threshold of visibility and invisibility, a dizzying dynamic of collectivity, intimacy and dependence emerges. Over the course of three hours, during which the audience can come and go as they please, the performance develops a community-building and trance-like power through repetitive, slightly shifting rhythms and evokes changing associations: a ghostly gathering, a coming together in resistance or mourning, the faded memories of a rave.
Duration: 3 hours, the audience can enter and leave anytime.
Alex Baczyński-Jenkins is an artist and choreographer working with queer affects, embodiment and relationality. Through gesture, collectivity, touch and sensuality, his practice unfolds structures and politics of desire. Relationality is present in the dialogue-based way in which the work is developed and performed, as well as in the materials he invokes. This includes tracing relationships between sensation and sociality, embodied expression and alienation, the textures of everyday experience, utopian and latent queer histories. Baczyński-Jenkins approaches choreography as a form of reflection on feelings, perception and collective emergence, while engaging in other ways of experiencing memory, time and change. He is a co-founder of Kem, a Warsaw-based queer-feminist collective focussing on choreography, performance and sound in practice.
Performed by and developed with
Aaa Biczysko, Ewa Dziarnowska, Rafał Pierzyński, Ronald Berger and Sigrid Stigsdatter
Aaa Biczysko, Ewa Dziarnowska, Rafał Pierzyński, Sigrid Stigsdatter, Tiran Willemse
Jana Androsova, Krzysztof Bagiński, Tobias Koch and Filip Lech
A production by
Alex Baczyński-Jenkins. Developed as part of Kem's residency at Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw. Originally commissioned for the Frieze Artist Award 2018, in partnership with the Delfina Foundation, and presented as part of Frieze Projects, curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt. The guest performance as part of Queer Darlings #4 is made possible by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
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