Insight seeks to find a physical and visual representation for emotional states of alienation from the surrounding reality. By placing the protagonist in a simultaneously realistic and metaphorical space of a stage which is dense with micro gestures, shadows and voices, the show confronts the inner and outer world providing us with an insight into some ambiguous emotional states that are, nonetheless, familiar to us all. Translated into a powerful language of movement and image they draw us into a tense journey in the labyrinth of the human body that clashes, day after day, with the cacophony of the stimuli which surround it.
Insight is yet another instalment in the artistic dialogue between Janusz Orlik and Joanna Leśnierowska, which has been going on for almost a decade. It is also Janusz’s third solo in the Old Brewery New Dance programme.
21 of MARCH 20:00
Kiev Academic Molodiy Theatre
premiere: 3 March 2013, Studio Słodownia +3, Old Brewery, Poznań, Poland
concept and movement research: Janusz Orlik / Joanna Leśnierowska
performance: Janusz Orlik
dramaturgy and light design: Joanna Leśnierowska
sound remix: Janusz Orlik
set design: Marta Wyszyńska
technical realization: Łukasz Kędzierski
visuals: Michał Łuczak
time: 50 minutes
production: © 2013 Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk with the support of The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland
Janusz Orlik – after graduating from the Roman Turczynowicz Ballet School in Warsaw, became a student of the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität in Linz. During his studies he became a founding member of x.IDA Dance Co. and performed in productions created by Olga Cobos, Peter Mika, Catherine Guérin, Rebekka Murgi, Nicole Caccivio, Charlotte Vincent. Since 2002 Janusz has been a regular member of Vincent Dance Theatre (UK). Simultaneously, Janusz creates his own choreographic works, including Exérèse monobloc (2004; together with Pia Libicka), and thy neighbour as thyself (2006; as part of the first edition of Solo Project), Live on stage (2008), The Rite of Spring (2011; featuring Joel Claesson and Nicholas Keegan), Insight (2013; a collaboration with Joanna Leśnierowska). In 2007 he performed in nothing by towarzystwo gimnastyczne and in 2009 in Happy by Nigel Charnock, in which he was also involved as choreographer’s assistant. In 2011 he joined Nigel Charnock + Company (UK) to create a new work Ten Men. In the same year he collaborated on and performed in Reconstruction by Joanna Leśnierowska. In 2012 Janusz performed in the revival of Horsemeat by Gary Clarke (UK), while in 2013 he began a collaboration with Daniel Landau (Israel). In 2014 he performed in … (Rooms by the sea) from the series Exercises in Looking by Joanna Leśnierowska, in Unintended Consequences by Sjoerd Vreugdenhil, and in Back to bone by Rosalind Crisp. Other works include High heels for the ballet ensemble of the Kraków Opera, Alpha for the Contemporary Dance Scene in Poznań, Adagio for the Musical Theatre in Poznań. As well as performing, Janusz delivers dance workshops in various venues and dance schools in Poland and abroad. He was a scholar of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland in 2011.
Joanna Leśnierowska is a dramaturge, critic, dance curator and performer. Since 2004 she has been in charge of the Old Brewery New Dance Programme which presents the latest achievements in contemporary choreography and strongly supports Polish artists. She also works as an artistic coach to young choreographers and asa dramaturge for and consultant to a number of Polish and international artists, including Janusz Orlik, Renata Piotrowska, Arkadi Zaides, Minimetal, Lia Haraki and Márta Ladjánszki.