Ukraine platform: Maciej Kuzminski Company (Poland / Ukraine) – EVERY MINUTE MOTHERLAND
Duration: 60 min.
The minimalistic yet powerful dance piece under the title “Every Minute Motherland” was created in response to the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine and the refugee crisis that followed it. The performance is developed by the Polish-Ukrainian team, including refugees, who shared their professional and first-hand war experience.
“Every Minute Motherland” is a documentary work with internal and external views on the events of the last months. The experience engraved in dancers’ bodies will be released on stage transcribed in motion and time and reaching for the spirit of ritual and myth.
Maciej Kuźmiński, who also helps refugees as a volunteer, calls the war in Ukraine one of the most influential events of his life. In “Every Minute Motherland” he considers the war as a massive force that over and over brings the world in physical and existential motion, questioning our values, identities and ideas of safety and home.
The performance features 7 high-class dancers who are also its co-authors. Only with the language of movement they honestly express a living experience of being torn and unsettled, suspended between the memory of the past and the unbelievable present, hoping to find a path of mutual understanding with the world.
Maciej Kuźmiński is a choreographer, pedagogue and producer, creator of the Polish Dance Network. The graduate from Trinity Laban Conservatory in London, where he completed the BA Dance Theater and MA Choreography studies. Artistic work of Maciej Kuźmiński includes either critical, politically engaged and feminist performances, or choreographic explorations of metaphysics, philosophy and existentialism.
Since 2014, Kuźmiński’s works have been presented over 170 times in 21 countries and has won over twenty international awards and distinctions.
Choreographer: Maciej Kuźmiński
Assistant Choreographer: Monika Witkowska
Dramaturg: Paul Bargetto
Performers and co-writers: Daria Koval, Anna Myloslavska, Monika Witkowska, Vitaliia Vaskiv, Szymon Tur, Anastasia Ivanova, Omar Karabulut
Producers: Maciej Kuźmiński, Polina Bulat
The work was created during the project residency that started in 2022 at Klub Żak Cultural Centre
In collaboration with Materia Łódź (Przestrzenie Sztuki programme), Creators for Ukraine Foundation (founders of CIAS and ZAIKS) and Ukrainian Institute.