Dance workshops TOUCH me / DOTKNIJ

3-16.09.2016

protoBODY was a series of dance workshops blurring the boundary between the traditionally defined categories of disabled and non-disabled people. The project was based on Contact Improvisation, authentic movement and somatic practices in order to include non-disabled dancers, physically and visually impaired people, blind people, and elderly people in the creative process. During the workshops held over the period of two weeks, the participants prepared the final dance performance that was shown to the public. The methods used during the workshops were adapted to the needs, possibilities and interests of the project participants, who also had an opportunity to exchange experiences and learn from each other.

 

The part titled Touch Me / DOTKNIJ, which was co-created by people with limited motor skills, presented a vision of the city without any barriers to accessibility.

 

During the Touch Me / DOTKNIJ performance, dancers and dance lovers moved in wheelchairs and rode scooters, as young people often do. It was intended to stress the possibilities offered by these two means of transport and the mobility they offer to their users. Juxtaposing the two modes of transport emphasised the existence of barriers inscribed in the urban fabric, which are normally experienced by just a small proportion of Wrocław dwellers.

 

CHOREOGRAPHY: Paulina Swięcańska
ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER: Ksenia Opria
STYLING: Angelika Wójcik

 

DISABLED PEOPLE: Piotr Kacprzak, Arek Oremczuk, Marcin Piróg, Hanna Pierucka, Natalia Reczyńska, Andrzej Szponder, Karolina Wawrzyniak
DANCERS: Karolina Chromczak, Mateusz Czyczerski, Katarzyna Donner, Natalia Drozd, Katarzyna Kamecka, Monika Kolbusz, Diana Kubicz, Żaklina Małolepsza, Ksenia Opria, Ola Osowicz