Janusz Orlik, Pia Libicka

Exérèse monobloc

“I don't remember what I was thinking about lying in a hospital bed. Some thoughts however run through my mind..."

"Exerese monobloc" poses many questions concerning disability, physical handicap and its impact on dance movement. Can the movement be the same precise and communicative when performed by disabled person (dancer)? Do we know what may disability be in dance? Can disability be a part of dance? How disability may be mirrored in a complexed choreography?

"Broken" dance vocabulary, making efforts while trying to sit on a chair with an immobilized limb, dance with protection of crutches, reminiscences of lost dreams, feelings, experiences and reactions during hospitalization are the main topics of this unconventional piece. "Exerese monobloc" is a story about overcoming life troubles, making dreams come true, achieving goals, pursue to be oneself...

Idea on creating “Exérese monobloc” came out in the middle of August 2003 in the course of intensive conversations with Pia. Conversations about dance art and if it can be performed by people with physical disabilities. Wish to come back on stage, trying to answer to all those questions, especially after seven years of any attendance in dance profession, was the main reason to tell the story with movement.

direction and choreography: Janusz Orlik
dancers: Pia Libicka, Janusz Orlik
set design: Mariusz Szmytkowski
costumes: Oskar Perek
music: Matmos, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Lalo Schifrin, Armand van Helden, Nine Inch Nails, Sigur Rós, Pink Martini
video direction: Janusz Orlik, Michał Łuczak
video cast: Irina Prakharenka
Dates

Premiere
November 30th, 2005, Stary Browar, Studio Słodownia +3, Poznań, Poland

December 20th, 2004, Stary Browar, Studio Słodownia +3, Poznań, Poland

December 21st, 2004, Stary Browar, Studio Słodownia +3, Poznań, Poland

April 15th, 2005, Stary Browar, Studio Słodownia +3, Poznań, Poland

July 9th, 2005, Bytomskie Centrum Kultury, Bytom, Poland
12. International Contemporary Dance Conference (video projection)

May 21st, 2006, Stary Browar, Studio Słodownia +2, Poznań, Poland
Zwrotnik Raka - konferencja Akademii Walki z Rakiem (video projection)

October 19th, 2007, MINGA Club, Gdynia, Poland
Akademia Walki z Rakiem przy Fundacji Gdyński Most Nadziei (video projection)

May 20th, 2008, Musical Theatre in Gdynia, Gdynia, Poland

October 19th, 2007, MINGA Club, Gdynia, Poland
Akademia Walki z Rakiem - Gdyński Most Nadziei