1. BATAILLE AND THE DAWN OF NEW DAYS


uncompromising and unconditional questions about the sense and form of human existence.

Is the system we live in a superior system? According to Georges Bataille, no. His criticism contests contemporary culture as a system that undercuts the individual from the fullness of his/her untapped possibilities. In The Accursed Share, which he called a general theory of economy, he writes: “You are mistaken, this entire world, built on rational order and purposefulness, has no justification beyond itself.” It is a rebellion, demolishing the system of beliefs in which we live.

Bataille’s thinking transcends the confines of language and that of accepted culture, which relies heavily on speech. Even philosophy “uses language in such a way that there is never a moment of silence.” But silence is necessary for experiencing that which is incommunicable in words, leading us to the primordial foundations of existence.

The philosopher challenges us, and takes us to a place where “all turbulent emotions merge into one”. His paradoxical philosophy points towards dance with a silent gesture. As we dance, we discover terror and new spaces concealed within its depth. As we dance, we jump into emptiness and discover laughter. As we dance, we plunge into the dark riddle of erotism until we come across “the world of the festive, of kings and gods”. Dance becomes a test of sovereignty by expressing, both materially and intangibly, the uniquely dramatic nature of Bataille’s thoughts and his key query: Can we become anew again?

The project is based on the following writings by Georges Bataille: Inner Experience, The Tears of Eros, The Accursed Share and Erotism. These became the subject of a multidirectional study in which we used our method of working with dreams and the unconscious developed since 2005 under the project Taniec śniącego ciała (Dance of the Dreaming Body). The method is a creative synthesis of techniques inspired by Carl Gustav Jung’s analytical psychology and Arnold Mindell’s process oriented psychology, as well as our own improvisation and meditation techniques which we have been developing for many years research work.



Script and direction    Sławek Krawczyński
Choreography    Anna Godowska
Dancers    Aleksandra Bożek-Muszyńska, Natalia Dinges, Paweł Grala, Bartosz Ostrowski, Łukasz Przytarski, Zofia Tomczyk

Music, remixes, live music   Peter Lyczkowski
Graphic design
Michał Łuczak  (Photos  Aleksandra Osowicz)
Technical realization  Lukasz Kedzierski

Photos  Maciej Zakrzewski

Premiere
Studio Słodownia +3
29th of May 2016 / 19:00


Production
Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk production
www.artstationsfoundation5050.com
Coproduction: 20th International Dance Theatres Festival / Centre for Culture in Lublin, Fundacja Ciało/Umysł

Project's partner is Ania Kuczyńska brand.
The project was created under a grant from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage