Every Minute Motherland

Another collaboration with Maciej Kuzminski! Premiere at Klub Zak, Gdansk, August 26, 2022

Every Minute Motherland is a dance performance created by Maciej Kuzminski and devised using documentary methods in response to the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine and the refugee crisis that followed it. The performance was made with a Polish-Ukrainian team of seven dancers including refugees in collaboration with the dramaturg Paul Bargetto. From Mariupol to Kharkhiv, and everywhere else the war has come, culture and artists have been made deliberate targets in an attempt to destroy Ukrainian culture.  This project is an act of resistance to these crimes and a statement of solidarity with Ukraine.

The piece is inspired by the personal stories of the dancers and based on extensive laboratory work to convert those experiences into the language of dance and the body. It explores the personal effects of trauma, exile, and alienation set against larger themes of war, identity, and the immovable forces of history and geography. With the constant daily background of television and social media where the war plays out in numbing repetition, the piece refocuses our attention on the bodies of the witnesses. 

Choreographer, and Concept: Maciej Kuźmiński

Assistant Choreographer: Monika Witkowska

Dramaturgy: Paul Bargetto

Dancers / Co-Creators: Anastasia Ivanova, Omar Karabulut, Daria Koval, Anna Myloslavska, Vitaliia Vaskiv, Monika Witkowska, Szymon Tur, and Judita Pakulska

Produced by Klub Żak, Maciej Kuźmiński Company, Fundacja Materia, in partnership with Ukraine Instytute / as part of the project residence/premiere 2022 Klub Żak. 

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