“You can be convinced that we are the same as you are, cured from the same clay. We have no other purpose than the one we declared. This is the basic program for our action. If you help us, we will try to achieve this goal together. Can you help?”
A fragment of a communistic propaganda speech, 1970s, Edward Gierek
The actress and the choreographer are looking at their artistic roots and their stories together, taking on the topic of education and identity. They try to identify what gives them wings and what brings them down. All to the rhythms of the 1980s, Polish folklore, contemporary dance, classic dance influences and full of absurds made in Poland. Absolutely Fabulous Dancers seek answers and inspirations in the past, in Polish history, everyday movement, body memory and performative tools. This way, the artists from the HOTELOKO movement makers create their unique, absurd and slightly bizarre dance style. It breaks down stereotypes and expectations about who the dancer should be. They are asking questions: What has shaped us? Where are we heading? Does anyone know what our lives would look like without the education that we had to go through? Do we have to wake up and unlearn everything we had to learn to go on? Can you find peace, despite the recurring story that comes back like a boomerang?
Concept and choreography: Magdalena Przybysz
Direction and dramaturgy: Agata Życzkowska
Performers and texts: Magdalena Przybysz / Mirosław Woźniak / Agata Życzkowska
Costumes, set design, make up, photo: Anna Ciupryk
Production: Fundacja Rozwoju Teatru ‘NOWA FALA’ /Theatre Development Foundation ‘NEW WAVE’
Partners: Dance Art Center in Warsaw, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, PROM Kultury
The performance was created thanks to co-financing of the capital city of Warsaw
Creation date: 30.06.2017
Duration: 40 min.
The performance will be presented at the Festival Quartiers Danses on 9/09/2019 in Canada (Montreal) thanks to support of Institut of Adam Mickiewicz and City of Warsaw:
The HOTELOKO movement makers collective was founded in 2016 from the HOTELOKO theatre company established in 2011 by actress, director and producer Agata Życzkowska. Since 2016, the artist runs the collective together with choreographers: Wojciech Grudziński and Magdalena Przybysz and their core interests evolve around new choreography and dance experimentation. Together they carry out artistic, educational and social projects. They also invite to cooperate the other artists from Warsaw, Poland, Europe and all over the world.
Because the collective does not have, by default, a permanent venue and is open to moving around (HOTEL), highly values madness (from the Spanish word “LOCO” meaning mad), and it draws attention to the experience inscribed in the eye (“OKO” means ‘eye’ in Polish).
Why movement makers?
Since the main means of storytelling for the collective is movement (although the team boldly incorporates music and text into their performances as well.)
The collective has developed the following performances to date: frau/mujer/femme, #moiprzyjacieletancza, Absolutely Fabulous Dancers, Darklena, Insta Show and frau blush. They have created their own language of expression, a slightly freak dancing style highlighting the diversity stemming from the different backgrounds and roots of the performers.
The actress Agata Życzkowska’s signature style are sequins that she wears in each of her performances. The glitter and shine is an intended image and is defined by the statement “I live inside a sequin ball”.
Magdalena Przybysz is fascinated with somatic methods, especially Body Mind Centering, authentic movement and feminist threads.
A distinct feature prevailing in the works produced by HOTELOKO movement makers is unpredictability and the involvement of the audience in the performances. In many scenes the audience performatively co-create the world on par with the artists. The core idea is to diminish the boundary between the audience and the performer, switching roles and toying with expectations. The most important criterion is sincerity. HOTELOKO makes shows that touch upon reality, whose plots are inspired by the everyday world both in Poland and abroad. Topics such as community, freedom, the city, tolerance, equality and education are what the artists mostly discuss in their work. The collective works primarily in Warsaw but collaborates with foreign partners as well.
Photo by Anna Ciupryk