Room 40 tries to translate existential reflection into choreography. Using the state of tiredness, Maciej Kuźmiński showcases dancers’ virtuosity, and casts a critical eye at tradition, undermining established theatrical conventions. Balancing between forms, the piece is both provocative and moving.
20 of March 19:00
Kiev Academic Molodiy Theatre
premiere: 25 July 2012, Bonnie Bird Theatre, London
choreography: Maciej Kuźmiński
dramaturgy: Adam Hypki
performance: Daniela Komędera, Ania Kamińska, Kasia Pawłowska, Dominika Wiak
time: 40 minutes
Maciej Kuźmiński is a choreographer and dancer of the young generation. He works in Poland and abroad. He graduated from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London with a BA in Dance Theatre (1st Degree diploma) and an MA in Choreography (Distinction diploma). He has danced in England, Germany, Spain, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland, performing in Zero by Clod Ensemble, Happy by Nigel Charnock, Romeo and Juliet by Liz King, and as soloist of the Polish Dance Theatre in Minus 2 by Ohad Naharin or Alexanderplatz by Paulina Wycichowska. Since 2009 he has completed 11 productions of different scale, so far shown in England, Germany, Poland, Hungary, and Serbia. In 2009 his piece Room 40 was staged at the National Theatre in Belgrade, while Maciej received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritageof Poland, and a commission from the Lublin Dance Theatre to produce Różnica i Powtórzenie, shown on 5 November on the Main Performance Room of the Centre for Culture in Lublin. He has run workshops for TanzFabrik Berlin, Trinity Laban Student Union in London, Tanec Praha in Prague, and for the dancersof the Polish Dance Theatre in Poznań. Since 2014 he has been teaching contemporary dance at the Bytom-based Dance Theatre Department of the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Kraków, and the Belgrade Institute for Contemporary Dance, the first higher education institution for ballet, contemporary dance, and choreography.