Season III (2019)

The third season of Performing Europe will present another fragment of the European identity – this time we are going to meet artists from Austria and Italy through a series of various performances and projects. They are going to remind us of the power of political speech (Navaridas&Deutinger), materialize those who are not present (Matsune), recreate dances from a child’s diary (Pennini) and show to the young the role of technology in the process of self-creation (Sciarroni). The first three artists have never performed in Poland before. The latter is the laureate of, among others, the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale 2019.


20-25 PLN



Navaridas & Deutinger „Your Majesties”
1.07.2019, 19.00 PM
U-jazdowski laboratorium
performance in English, after talk

koncept and performance: Marta Navaridas and Alex Deutinger
text: Barack Obama

A lecture-performance on war, peace and hope from a cycle titled ”Icons of the Rhetoric”. Navaridas & Deutinger are experts in choreography of word and body language. They present President Barack Obama’s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech in Oslo. Alex Deutinger recites the speech in its authentic version while Marta Navaridas acts as a teleprompter, manipulating and directing his movements. In a simple, amusing and uncompromising way, the artists expose not only the social engineering used in politics but also the relationship between a gesture and word, nuances of perception and limits of one’s endurance. The unconventional duo from Graz is going to perform in Poland for the first time.


Alessandro Sciarroni „Joseph_Kids”
2.07.2019, 11.00 AM and 19.00 PM, Teatr Lalka
Performance with no text, suitable for kids from 4

by Alessandro Sciarroni
with Michele Di Stefano and Marco D’Agostin

The performance is a new version of Sciarroni’s first solo work from 2011 entitled ”Joseph”. The additional word ”Kids” that appear in the title reveals the new audience that the performance is targeting. It is a kind of an instruction manual for young spectators which shows how to use new technology tools to one’s advantage, so that they could work as potential carriers of creativity and not the cause of mere alienation. The titular Joseph enters the eye of a laptop’s camera that faces the audience and tests what and how he wants to show. He is in control of his own image. As time passes, the video effects deform, multiply and deconstruct the picture. An amusing dialogue between the dancer and camera intrigues the spectators who can watch themselves and their own reactions, too. Sciarroni has been a guest of Ciało/Umysł a number of times already, the last time in 2017 when he presented his ”Aurora”, a project distinguished with the „theatrical Oscar” award.

CollettivO CineticO „10 Miniballetti”
3.07.2019, 19.00 PM, U-jazdowski laboratorium
performance in English, contains a nudity scenes
after talk

direction, choreography, dance: Francesca Pennini
dramaturg, light design: Angelo Pedroni
assistance: Carmine Parise

In a series of ten mini-ballet performances, Francesca Pennini explores the unlimited abilities of a human body subjected to rigorous geometry and rises it to great heights of charismatic poetry and dance.  The relations between potency and elusiveness, choreography and dance, present and past, audience and stage – we will find all these in the award-winning spectacle inspired by Pennini’s diary from her childhood in which she described her own dozen or so choreographies which she had never performed before.  The agility of an acrobat, humor and light form capture the audience. 

Michikazu Matsune with Frans Poelstra & Elizabeth Ward „All Together”    
4.07.2019, 20.00 PM, U-jazdowski laboratorium
performance in English, contains a nudity scenes
after talk

concept & artistic direction: Michikazu Matsune
performance: Michikazu Matsune, Frans Poelstra, Elizabeth Ward
assistance & feedback: Dorothea Zeyringer

 “All Together” is an effortlessly presented story about enduring relationships between people. The international crew of performers go through the names of people they know or used to know. Brothers, friends, teachers, lovers, idols or even enemies. They talk about them, dedicate a dance for them, sometimes impersonate them. All of a sudden it turns out that those people, even though they are physically absent, have influence on here and now. Does the fact that they are discussed about in the presence of the audience make them become a part of life of each spectator attending this performance? And do the audience members become forever incorporated into the artists’ lives? The presence of the absent ones – for some it is a poetic absurdity, while for the others – logical truth.  One way or another, this concept is to be seriously reflected upon - are we always all together?



Free admission

1-7.07, more info: []
A five-day long creative lab of Michikazu Matsue for those loving mystery and ready  for inspiring performative acts in the urban space.

1-4.07.2019, 16.00-19.00 PM, U-jazdowski open air
An interdisciplinary installation which is trying to answer the following question: ”what does a performance mean today?”.  One of its elements is a choreographic card game ”Ciało/” which was created in 2017 for the first time in Poland. The invited artists are going to develop it further by introducing new concepts from the world of dance. It is a game for everyone – no prior stage experience is necessary.

4.07.2019, 18.30 PM, U-jazdowski laboratorium
A panel discussion combined with a promotion of a publication of the same title which follows up the talks  with artists, curators and theoreticians on the subject of a broadly defined ”dance center”. The discussion is going to be moderated by Paweł Kamiński, an editor of the book, and Anna Sańczuk, a journalist. All participants will get the book in English for free.



1-7.07.2019 Warsaw
Venue: Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski, Teatr Lalka and city
Kurator: Edyta Kozak
Organizer: Fundacja Ciało/Umysł

Partner: apap, DOTA project by Tanzquartier Wien in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Austriackie Forum Kultury w Warszawie,  Butohsfera, u-jazdowski, Teatr Lalka

Media patron – Chilli Zet, TVP Kultura, Teatr, Didaskalia,, Notesna6tygodni, E-teatr,pl

The project is supported by City of Warsaw – the capital of Poland, Ministry of Culture and Heritage of the Republic of Poland and network apap - advancing performing arts project - Creative Europe - Programme of the European Union.