(photo) Michał Czajka

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.

Janusz Orlik, Pia Libicka Exérèse monobloc (photo) Radek Berent
(photo) Radek Berent

directed and choreographed by 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 directed and edited by Janusz Orlik, Michał Łuczak video cast Irina Prakharenka


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

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

November 30th, 2005

taniec.doc (video projection)
Stary Browar, Studio Słodownia +3, Poznań, Poland

May 21st, 2006

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

October 19th, 2007

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

May 20th, 2008

9th "Gdynia bez Barier" competition (video projection)
Musical Theatre in Gdynia, Gdynia, Poland