Actions to relate to Verbs
|Choreography, direction, concept: Ramona Nagabczyńska
|Performance, creative input: students Warsaw Dance Department
|Production: Fundacja Ciało/Umysł, Warsaw Dance Department
|Premiere: 1.10.2015 Ciało/Umysł Festival ,Teatr Powszechny Warsaw
The project was inspired by a 1960s „Verb List Compilation: Actions to Relate to Oneself” by sculptor Richard Serra. Ramona Nagabczyńska, Working with students from the Warsaw Dance Department, Ramona Nagabczyńska has utilized Serra’s list and strategy.
Serra’s compilation is a score, a list of tasks to be accomplished.
The dancers subject consecutive items from that list to personal interpretation. They are forced to endlessly negotiate in order to arrive with a joint motion system. Playing in the theater foyer turns it into a space of dialogue, exhibiting the result as a form of compromise. Just like in Serra’s sculptures, where object properties are perceived rather than noticed. It is difficult here to differentiate between the aesthetic vs. the social, the private vs. artistic, the matter vs. the subject – idiosyncratic choreography is formed.