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Izabela Chlewińska and Tomek Bergmann "DP1 (Dehumanized Project Nr.1)"

- TEF Vol.10 Performance [Recommendation Program]

  • Date:
    2016.01.15(Fri) - 2016.01.16(Sat)
    Time:
    19:15
    Admission:
    2,000 yen
    Organize:
    Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Tokyo Wonder Site
    Venue:
    TWS Hongo
    Artist:
    Izabela Chlewińska, Tomek Bergmann

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Photo: Kasia Chmura

DP1 (Dehumanized Project Nr.1)- made by two Polish artists Izabela Chlewińska and Tomek Bergmann- is a funny, scary, grotesque, abstract, surrealistic fairy-tale about dehumanization- the strongest mechanism that manipulates societies. This project is inspired by old science-fiction images like Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932), 1984 by George Orwell (1949) or Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut (1959) that remind these days. DP1 is dedicated to Japanese society that represents very special combination of tradition and modernity and teaches us- European people- how to stand the test of contemporary times.

Click here for Interview with the Duo, Izabela and Tomek!!

Supported by: Polish Institute in Tokyo, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Centrum w Ruchu

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Date: January 15 (Fri.), 16 (Sat.), 2016 Finished
Start: 19:15 (Doors Open: 19:00)
*Duration 60 mins
Venue: Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo
Ticket: 2,000 yen

[Additional ticket (on 16th) information] (at the door only)
Additional ticket for standing will be sold on Jan. 16.
Please visit reception desk and receive number card from 18:00, enter the venue in numerical order from 19:10.
Please note that number of additional ticket is very limited and there is a possibility that you can't enter the venue even though you have a number card.


[Booking]
1. Booking should be made by E-mail or Fax.
Email: ticket@tokyo-ws.org / Fax: 03-5602-9882
2. Please inform us of your name, phone number, date/ time/ name of the performance and number of tickets with a subject of "Booking for TEF Performance". (On booking by Fax, please let us know your Fax number, too.)
3. Payment should be made at the venue on the day of performance.
4. Booking will be closed by 17:00 of the day before each performance, or as soon as the seats are fully booked. For the latest ticket information, please check this page.

*Please note that program content may change due to inevitable reasons.

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[Profile]
Izabela Chlewińska is a Polish dancer, choreographer, teacher, and a recipient of the DANCEWEB Scholarship in Vienna and individual scholarship from Minister of Culture in Poland. Her solo performance titled TRALFAMADORIA was performed in Japan at Yokohama Dance Collection EX Festival (Yokohama), and Session House (Tokyo) as well as in USA, at Philadelphia Live Arts & Philly Fringe (Philadelphia). In 2013 she became a successful candidate for the Institutional Recommendation Program of Tokyo Wonder Site: Creator-in-Residence, and created DP1 (Dehumanized Project Nr.1). Actually she is performing her new solo work titled "YOU HAVE YOUR VOICE".

Tomek Bergmann is a Polish musician, photographer, operator and visual artist. As a photographer he is cooperating with the most popular magazines like Playboy, Your Style, Cosmopolitan and others. As a video artist and photographer he works for drama theaters and art festivals. He also cooperates with individual artists and creates video and music for independent art. He is a leader of experimental post-rock band MORDY - recorded 5 albums, performed in Poland and Europe. He is a guitar player, composer and sometimes a singer. In Japan, he performed TRALFAMADORIA (2011) and DP1 (2013) in cooperation with Izabela Chlewińska, who has been collaborated for five years.

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[Interview]

Izabela Chlewińska and Tomek Bergmann

Izabela and Tomek participated in TWS residence program (Institutional Recommendation program) for one month, in 2013. This time, they perform "Dehumanized Project Nr.1" which was created during the residency period.

― First of all, please tell us how did you meet and start collaboration?

We met while working on separate projects - Izabela Chelwińska's solo work "Tralfamadoria" and "Jakub 2" choreographed by Filip Szatarski in collaboration with Tomek Bergmann. Both projects premiered at Gdansk Dance Festival in 2011 and shortly after, we began our artistic collaboration. Tomek took up the visual and tech tasks on "Tralfamadoria" and we began touring together, including Japan in 2012.

― "DP1" is inspired by threats which you feel to modern civilized society as a start point. Please tell us what kind of threats motivated you at the start point of this project?

We think that trans-humanism and biotechnology is a major threat to our humanity, and political and financial powers come from West-European social system influence our life. We create this project to think "dehumanization" through these threats. Art should talk about these social problems because they affect every one of us, and it motivated us to realize this project.

― After the premier in Japan, in 2013, DP1 was also performed in Poland. How was the audience response in both countries?

P12_int1.jpgDP1 inspired an interesting debate about the quality of life in the contemporary world. Many audience members identified with problems like chemically contaminated food, dependence on financial credit and loans, or deformations of the body, which loses its originality and uniqueness in favor of commonly-accepted standards of beauty. Polish audiences were moved by images, which, in the situation of a performance/ music concert, affected them strongly. In Poland we were never asked why the images we used showed the Japanese society. Somebody even suggested that DP1 should be presented at high schools to highlight aspects of globalization for young people. Japanese viewers asked us if we were going to do a series of similar projects (i.e.: 1, 2, 3) in other parts of the world. This is very interesting point. In Poland, audience accepted what DP1, which uses images showed Japanese society, rises as universal topic including their issue, and in Japan, audience might think DP1 is a reflection of Japanese society and to share the issue of the project in other country more effectively, performance composition should be localized to the area where performed. Both Polish and Japanese audiences were surprised by an open form of the show, that is, with the fact that choreography, music, video, text or installation play here equal parts.

― Is there anything you would like to tell people who will come to your performance?

P12_int2.jpgIt is an open-form show. In spite of its themes it does not impose its point of view but compels one to think more conscious about life. We concentrate on creating intense images, in which movement, sound and video merge into one coherent vision of our world. We would like to invite the Japanese audience to open their minds and hearts for a Polish-Japanese journey. This is an experimental, nonlinear stage form. The show has no beginning, middle, nor end. We do not imitate anybody. We would like DP1 to be taken as a gift. We love the culture of Japan thanks to which this show was created. It is dedicated to Japanese audience.

(Photo: Kasia Chmura)
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