MARIA ZIMPEL: What do you really miss? (solo)

ms¹, Więckowskiego 36

dance show 11 December 2016, Sunday, 12,00 and 17.00 hrs, admission free


An open rehearsal and a choreography show under the title What do you really miss? will be presented within the framework of the exhibition entitled Moved Bodies. Choreographies of Modernity. The show is characterised by a processual nature and spatial annexation of the exhibition. In this piece, Maria Zimpel, works with two movement patterns. They develop into choreography under two interpenetrating processes: in recognition and attaching particular attention to geometry and logic of appearing gesture as well as in the process of negotiating the directions, rhythm and intensity during the movement itself.


Maria Zimpel: While commencing my work on the solo in 2012 I asked myself  a question: ‘What do you really miss?’. Only two answers did matter to me: ‘nothing” or ‘I don’t miss’. The question ‘What do you really miss?’ is actually a question about an absence. An empty space does not necessarily need to be filled in. I examine the potentiality of space, draw the directions with movements, whereas the rhythm of change and repetition intensifies the body. Here, the body is continuously being stretched between steps forward and backward, between surrendering to gravity and to elevation. Each direction, whether controlled horizontally or vertically, eventually bends in space.

Maria Zimpel - a choreographer and a dancer. Her oeuvre is influenced by somatics and autobiographic abstraction and her works represent various form of intensity creation. In her studies into the nature of movement she explores the limits of physicality. She studied dance and choreography at HZT at the Universität der Künste in Berlin, as well as cultural studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, PL. In 2011 she defended her MA dissertation Practice of dance - moving space for self-creation, written under the supervision of Professor Grzegorz Dziamski. Maria’s approach to dance and choreography have been strongly influenced by somatic practices and choreographic improvisation of Rosalind Crisp. Maria authored such works as Working like a dog (Imagetanz Festival 2011 in BrutWien Theatre), What do you really miss? (SoloProject 2012, Art Station Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk, Poznań 2012/Berlin 2013), s c a t t e r (FrivMove Zamek/CK Zamek, Poznań 2014), „noish~”(2014 PERFORMAT, Galeria Miejska „Arsenał”/2015, Art Station Foundation, Poznań), Trio What do you really miss? (3),2 (Art Station Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk, Poznań 2015). As a dancer Maria has worked mainly with Isabelle Schad, Rosalind Crisp and Kat Valastur. She currently lives and works in Warsaw.


choreography, dance: Maria Zimpel

costume: Katarzyna Bura_White Flag
production/premiere: Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk (2012/2013)

artistic supervision: Ria Higler Solo Projekt 2012, 2016 production within the framework of exhibition entitled Moved Bodies. Choreographies of Modernity was made possible thanks to the involvement of Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź

curator: Katarzyna Słoboda

The artist would like to express her thanks to Centrum w Ruchu for providing a studio for working in Warsaw.

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