Kurt Vonnegut in Warsaw

Vonnegut Haunting Warsaw

Vonnegut in Warsaw

This week Izabela Chlewińska presented “Tralfamadoria” in the Laboratory at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle (pol. CSW Zamek Ujazdowski). It is a multimedia solo performance discussing the theme of death. Oddly, it is a rather intimate tragic comedy. It uses the literary context of Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five” and his imaginary planet Tralfamadoria. The performance is a form of philosophical discourse on stage. The recurring motive of the piece is Seneca’s statement “Refuse to let the thought of death bother you: nothing is grim when we have escaped that fear”. The use of multimedia, a frigid stage, old-fashioned costumes, musical loops, and a monologue consisting of only two words create a very particular atmosphere. Izabela Chlewińska is known for her many artistic collaborations (Teatr Alter, Dada von Bzdülöw and Ramona Nagabczyńska). This will be her début on the Warsaw Dance Scene (pol. Warszawska Scena Tańca). Following the performance, there will be a meeting with the artist led by Julia Hoczyk. This is the third season of the Warsaw Dance Scene. Its aim is to show dance pieces and dance-related events throughout the year. It has so far hosted performances, installations, films, workshops, discussion cycles and lectures. The organisers want the Scene to be a place artists and the audience can meet and discuss. Those presenting their work are renowned and experienced Warsaw-based artists as well as young Polish dancers and choreographers.

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