Date and Time:
June 24, 2017 at
Public fountain at Plac Bohaterów Westerplatte
Iwona Wojnicka, an independent artist, dancer and choreographer, specialized in Ausdruckstanz. Soon to become a Certyfied Laban Movement Analyst trained in Eurolab, Berlin with three year field internship at Codarts, Rotterdam. She developed her practice as research with support of the Japanese, German, Dutch and Israeli dancers, choreographers and researchers.
Her dance biography is divided into three movement style phases:
2010 – 2017 Laban
2003 – 2010 Butoh
1996 – 2001 Mime
All the phases of her dance biography are marked with international trainings with a variety of recognized artists, cooperations and productions, as well as masterclass and field conferences. The studio practice has always been supported with attending events, libraries and meeting resource persons. Her professional live is divided into dance and writing, what resulted in reaching MA in Sociology, Post Graduate Diploma in The Theory of Dance, Diploma of Hatha Yoga Teaching, Certificate Training of 800 hours of Laban Movement Analysis and finally, the fife year work on completing the artistic Practice as Research doctor thesis. Since 2003 she is the leader of Format Zero Art Collective in Warsaw, member of the Committee for the Dance at the City Office Warsaw, member of CID and EUROLAB.
The favorite adjective: INTERNATIONAL
The work venue: REHEARSAL STUDIO
Free time activity: MAKING VIDEOS
History of Site and Related Water Issues:
is celebrated in Poland, Ukraine, Belarus and Russia on the night of 23/24 June. The celebration relates to the summer solstice and is originated from a pagan fertility rite later accepted into the Christian calendar. Due to the popularity of it in the pagan times, it was reestablished in the Christian traditions intertwined with local folklore. Many of the rites related to this holiday within Slavic religious beliefs are connected with the role of water in fertility and ritual purification. The holiday is still enthusiastically celebrated by the younger people of Eastern Europe. On Kupala day, children engage in water fights and perform pranks, mostly involving pouring water over humans.
The magic Fern Flower is well known in Slavic mythology. According to the myth, this flower blooms for a very short time on the eve of the Summer solstice. The flower brings fortune to the person who finds it. In various versions of the tale, the fern flower brings luck, wealth, or the ability to understand animal speech. However, the flower is closely guarded by evil spirits and anyone who finds the flower will have access to earthly riches, which have never benefited anyone, so the decision to pick the flower or leave it alone is left up to the individual.
There is an ancient Kupala belief that the eve of Kupala is the only time of the year when ferns bloom. Therefore, on that night, village folk would roam through the forests in search for it. Traditionally, unmarried women are the first to enter the forest. They are followed by young men. Finding the fern flower may lead to the blooming of relationships between pairs of men and women. On Kupala day, young people jump over the flames of bonfires in a ritual test of bravery and faith. Girls may float wreaths of flowers on rivers to gain foresight into their relationship fortunes from the flow patterns of the flowers on the river. Men may attempt to capture the wreaths, in the hope of capturing the interest of the woman who floated the wreath.
The mith of a Fern Flower has always been symbolic for the people and inspiring for the artists. In Gogol’s story The Eve of Kupala a young man finds the fabulous fern-flower but is cursed by it. Gogol’s tale may have been the stimulus for Modest Mussorgsky to compose his tone poem Night on Bald Mountain.
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