Choreographies of Neoplastic Room. Lecture by Katarzyna Słoboda

ms2, Ogrodowa 19
23 March 2016 at 18:00 hrs, admission free

The lecture Choreographies of Neoplastic Room will be an attempt to imagine how the space of Neoplastic Room designed by Władysław Strzemiński would have been used as a stage or a rehearsal room for choreographic practices typical of the first half of the 20th century.  To be able to figure it out, we need to explore, first and foremost, the theory of  sculpture and  works of Katarzyna Kobro but Katarzyna Słoboda will also be seeking inspiration in the then dancing and choreographic practices. The lecturer will place them within the broader context of body and movement practices that, on the one hand, were designed to free the body from straight corsets and rules while, on the other hand, they made it ready to achieve higher productivity.     In the age of dynamic industrial growth experiments connected with dancing went hand in hand with experiments in economics. What was the modernist approach to the economy of gesture, effort, energy, and work organisation? What new visions of the body did modernism propose?

The lecture introduces us to the exhibition Moved Bodies. Choreographies of Modernity, which will open in Muzeum Sztuki on 18 November 2016.

Katarzyna Słoboda – curator, researcher, editor. She works in the Modern Art Department of Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź. Currently, she is working on her PhD thesis on modern dance at the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. In Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź she co-curated the following exhibitions: Eyes Looking for a Head to Inhabit (2011), Exercises in (Re)Production (2013), You come, We’ll show you what we do. On dance improvisation (2013). She also co-edited the following publications: Robert Morris, Notes on Sculpture. Texts (2010), You come, We’ll show you what we do. On dance improvisation (2013), and Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź. Monograph. Volume I (2015). She is currently working on the exhibition Moved Bodies. Choreographies of Modernity (2016).

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