20 MAY / 7:30 PM / DNK – SPACE FOR CONTEMPORARY DANCE AND PERFORMANCE
1 BULGARIA SQUARE, NATIONAL PALACE OF CULTURE – UNDERGROUND, OPPOSITE TO THE FOUNTAINS
Magdalena Chowaniec (Austria)
Concept and direction: Magdalena Chowaniec
Performance: Magdalena Chowaniec, Mzamo Nondlwana and Markus Steinkellner
Music: Arik Stangl and Markus Steinkellner
Lyrics: M. Chowaniec and M.Nondlwana
Stage/Light design: Magdalena Chowaniec
Costumes: Magdalena Chowaniec
Dramaturgical help: Costas Kekis
Co – production with WUK Theater/Tanz.
Project supported by the EU and the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna
With further support of: D.ID Dance Identity, nadaLokal and Tanzquartier Vienna
Duration: 75 min.
The guest – performance is supported by INTPA – International Net for Dance and Performance Austria of Tanzquartier Wien from funds by BKA and BMEIA. DNK-Space for Contemporary Dance and Performance and The Migrating Body Programme supported by Culture Programme of Sofia Municipality 2017.
“Sanctuary” is a mixture between a theatrical construct and a real place for new invented rituals. Theatre, music and art in general have been attributed therapeutical and healing functions since ages. The performers invoke them and lead the audience through the world of beliefs rooted in childhood. They serve as a platform for questions about our capacity to believe in immortality and in spiritual/physical rebirth. Using as reinforcement strategies tribal techno dances, the choreography of Nizhinski in “Rite of Spring” and songs from pop culture, the performers serve a charade of rituals of modern times. Here the personal TV show is inevitable. Unique, purifying and liberating experience in the form of a ritual show, healing our bodies and souls. A performance, concert and miracle in one, which leaves no one indifferent.
Magdalena Chowaniec is a dancer, performer, choreographer and musician from Poland. She lives and works in Austria. She studied dance and performance at the State Ballet School in Bytom, Poland, and at the Anton Brükner University in Linz. Chowaniec has worked with prominent contemporary companies and artists as SUPERMAS, Oleg Sulimenko, Mark Tompkins, Jerome Bel, Amanda Pina, Florentina Holzinger… In 2007 she obtained a danceWEB scholarship and created the artistic collective Mariamagdalena. Her performances have been shown in all Europe, including at ImpulsTanz Festival in Vienna. In 2009 she obtained a special scholarship for performing arts from the Austrian Ministry of Culture and was mentioned as a “Remarkable Emerging Choreographer” in the Yearbook of “Ballettanz” Magazine 2010. Between 2010-2014 she was a lead singer of the punk band “The Mob Fixing Freedom” and since 2010 she raps in the duo “Mermaid & Seafruit”. Chowaniec teaches dance and DJ performance at the Academy for Fine Arts in Vienna. She worked as a curator for an EU project in the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna and organizes 24Hours Festival.