Iza Szostak “Body.Child.Object.”


residência de criação no CAPa – 15 a 31 de Julho 2013 – estúdio 2

concept/choreography/performance: Iza Szostak
visuals/music/performance: Kuba Słomkowski

The project theme will explore topics pertaining to the experience of childhood.
Childhood, to me, is a journey into oneself, a journey backwards. It is a time preserved in familial and individual memory. Childhood consists of traces, numerous reminiscences and various interpretations or objects that accompanied me and were of obvious value to me. The objects of the child-collector often evoke feelings of sadness, fear or joy. They are magical and captured in favourite toys, notebooks and instrumental tools saved over the years. The number of such objects comprises a specific collection, a museum almost.
What happens when we lose the objects of our attachment? How large can the museum of our childhood be? Does it fit into a pocket or can it reach the clouds? Is it a plain anecdote or a memory that has not been worked over?
In the performance I wish to create an opportunity and space to rediscover and interact with the objects that represent childhood experiences. I am interested in working with memory, a physical reconstruction of the signs of the past: a bygone reality in a cultural and social dimension in addition to an individual one.
In the process of working with the body I am interested in making it causative to change, to transformation. Using confrontations with the objects-representations I wish to study the specific extensions of the objects’ materiality on the physicality of the body both in situations of stillness and of being involved in full dynamics.
What does it mean to study colours, shapes or solids through movement?
What representations and memories does the body conceal?

Iza Szostak
Iza is a dancer and choreographer. She graduated from the Ballet School in Warsaw and Codarts, Rotterdam’s Dance Academy in the Netherlands. She is studying Ethnology and Culture Anthropology at Warsaw University. She is a scholarship holder of the Polish Ministry of Culture, the Dutch Corrie Hartong Fonds, SPAZIO- international platform for young choreographers and Solo Project organized by Art Station Foundation. She was a stagier with Jan Fabre/Troubleyn and has colaborated with Michael Schumacher, Amy Raymond, Anna Holter, Guilherme Botelho, Wojtek Ziemilski, Marysia Stokłosa, Edyta Kozak and Kaya Kolodziejczyk. Her created and co-created performances have been shown in:  Holland, Germany, Portugal, China and Poland. Since 2010 she creates her own choreographies, her works are:  Karmi-go, Feedback, from culture to nature, Remix- Merce Cunninghame and The glass jar next to the glass jar. Iza co- creates Centrum w Ruchu (Warsaw association of choreographers).

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