2020 ARTISTS

We are proud to present this year's artists for The Performance Arcade 2020. We have an array of performances to bring to you from drag to marathon runners and award-winning international artists from all over the globe. Find them in the hidden Speakeasy or out in the Wellington harbour. Come and explore all the wonderments our artists have to offer you.

Michał Stankiewicz

The Method of National Constellations

Poland

TBD

  • 1-03

Michał Stankiewicz

In my works, for theatre, I am primarily interested in designing situations that could create events wholly autonomous from the performance itself. Inspired by the performance, post-conceptual art, narrative strategies in VR, sandbox video games as well as studies in phenomenology, cognitivism, and neuroaesthetics. While creating a scenic space, I am looking for random events and undirected places.

The idea underpinning my approach is to treat the bodies of audience members as a medium for sensing reality. This is primarily why I am trying to change the direction of seeing: away from the stage and further inward. I have participated in Polish and foreign residencies and festivals. My MA thesis was titled “Man as a tool in embodied reportage” (2009). I like to compare my own work to preparing dinner for friends or taking a bath together in an ice-cold river.

-Script, director: Michał Stankiewicz Narration: Joanna Żurawska Federowicz/Dobromir Dymecki Music – Kajetan Łukomski Script – Karol Dworakowski, Piotr Sułkowski Script, director: Michał Stankiewicz Narration: Joanna Żurawska Federowicz/Dobromir Dymecki Music – Kajetan Łukomski Script – Karol Dworakowski, Piotr Sułkowski

The Method of National Constellations

A theatre game, during which the audience set out on a journey to the Structure and gives life to an instant dramaturgy, made of choices and personal relations, in the closest micro-world, where intuition, dream and imagination thrive. In the game-journey, spectators become Users: they make use of, perform, oppose, comprehend, familiarize, try out, and eventually, try on the situation. We build upon the word “experience”, from the verb “to experience, try out, explore, try on, practice”.

 

The concept of the performance is based on the mechanism of adopting and performing social roles; it tests the boundaries of power that roles and situations have over an individual. Some sociologists describe social structures as a system of connections between social positions and places we occupy in the social space, and not between specific individuals. If we look at the social world from this perspective, our imagination will inevitably hint at the idea of taking someone else’s place. 

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