Finale of Agnieszka Kryst’s artistic residence
ARCHERS is a movement performance inspired by two Bydgoszcz sculptures, which today are a double symbol of the city: the classic Archer monument by Ferdinand Lepcke from 1908, located in front of the Polish Theatre in Bydgoszcz, and the sculpture by Marcin Jagodziński-Jagenmeer unveiled in 2013 in front of the Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz/Poland. The models for both sculptures are actually not known today. It is precisely the artist’s complicated relationship with his muses, the political nature of aesthetic canons and the sculptural potential of the body that gave the choreographer Agnieszka Kryst an impulse to treat movement as a tool of emancipation.
In ARCHERS the final shape of the sculptures is deconstructed, and the production of tension in the body becomes a method of making and demolishing the movement form. Kryst and Sikora give the Archers their bodies, faces and voices. They penetrate under the surface of the symbol, activate it and give it a driving force. Exploring the subject matter of female experience in art and physicality of emotions, they design a fragmented, constantly transformed and embodied identity.
ARCHERS. Muse as a catalyst for creativity.
ARCHERS. Static sculpture as an object of contemplation.
ARCHERS. Tension as a means of activating the body.
ARCHERS. Body trembling as an emancipation strategy.
The ARCHERS performance is a continuation of the choreographic practice conducted by Agnieszka Kryst since 2015, in which, creating individual scores and working on body composition in real time, the artist explores emotions and deconstructs their visual implementations.
02.02.2018 (Friday), 7pm
20 Gdańska St,
concept and choreography: Agnieszka Kryst
creation and performance: Agnieszka Kryst and Katarzyna Sikora
dramaturgy: Anka Herbut
music: Kamil Tuszyński
curator of the residence: Danka Milewska