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Too Soon Too Late (with Dada von Bzdülöw and Monika Drożyńska)

Centre for Fine Arts BOZAR (Brussels)
26/05/18 - 27/05/18
Dada Death #2 (George Grosz meets Monika Drożyńska) Dada Death #2 (George Grosz meets Monika Drożyńska)

For the second part of the series established by the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles (Brussels Centre for Fine Arts) entitled 1918 European Dreams of Modernity. 100 Year On, artists from Austria, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania and Slovakia, along with Belgian artists, have created a performance exhibition – made to measure for the building which houses the Palais des Beaux-Arts – the core theme of which is one hundred years of independence for central European states.

The Polish Institute has invited the group Dada von Bzdülöw (Leszek BZDYL, Katarzyna CHMIELEWSKA, Piotr STANEK, Anna STELLER, Jakub TRUSZKOWSKI, Katarzyna USTOWSKA) and the artist Monika DROŻYŃSKAto participate in this event, the idea of which is to bring together artists from those states which were created at the end of the First World War – "the war to end war" to quote H.G. Wells – following the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. These artists have reflected on all of the formative changes which took place over the last 100 years in their respective countries, in the new Europe or in society in general. It is an opportunity to consider the avant-garde years and their legacy, the life and work of three generations, the pursuit of equality for women and much more.

On Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May, the public is invited to wander around to their heart’s content, watching little dance shows, performances and 90-minute video installations which will run on loop. Viewers are free to visit the installations in whichever order they prefer.

>>> Centre for Fine Arts - BOZAR (Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Brussels) - see map
>>> Saturday 26 May 2018 - 17h00 > 18h30
>>> Sunday 27 May 2018 - 16h00 > 17h30 and 19h30 > 21h
>>> 12€ - tickets available HERE

+++ have a look at the project on the site of BOZAR

Dada von Bzdülöw
Teatr Dada von Bzdulöw is a contemporary dance group set up in 1992 in Gdansk by producer and choreographer Leszek BZDYL and dancer and choreographer Katarzyna CHMIELEWSKA, a graduate of the Gdansk School of Ballet and the Brussels School of Contemporary Dance. Very committed to the mutual rapport between dancers and the audience, the group doesn’t impose its discourse on anyone, instead allowing it to be interpreted by those who are watching it unfold. In their element at festivals, meet-the-public events and especially when collaborating with others, the group brings its nonsense to bear on those aspects of everyday life which mingle with precious culture, its playful sense of humour and its love of pastiche. What we have here is a balancing act, at the crossroads of influences, forms and styles, often inspired by European literature. Teatr Dada von Bzdulöw has given almost 50 shows, including Czerwona Trawa, which you can watch in its entirety below :

The plastic artist Monika Drożyńska was born in 1979 and is the creator of projects which are as individual as they are collective. Her work has been shown in the largest Polish art galleries (notably Zamek Ujazdowski, Zachęta, Łaźnia, Kronika, etc.) as well as in theatres (notably with her performance FLAGS). The winner of several competitions, she has twice been nominated for the prestigious Paszport Polityki (in 2012 and 2013). In her work, Monika uses embroidery as a social, indeed a political, act. Incidentally, she doesn’t hesitate to organise conferences on the subject of politics. She is behind the setting up of the School of Embroidery for Men and Women known as ‘The Little Golden Hands’ (Złote rączki). At the Brussels Centre for Fine Arts (Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles), she will be making flags along with members of the public who will lend her a hand!
+++ her portfolio is available HERE (PDF)

In collaboration with the Brussels Centre for Fine Arts (Palais des Beaux-Arts BOZAR), the theatrical institute Zbigniew Raszewski in Warsaw, the Polish Foundation of Modern Art, Arts and Theatre Institute (CZ), the Czech Centre Brussels, the Czech Ministry of Culture,, the Slovakian Theatre Institute, the Slovakian Minstry of Culture, the Hungarian Musuem and Institute of Theatre, the Balassi Institute Brussels, the Romanian National Dance Centre, the Romanian Cultural Institute in Brussels, the Lithuanian Institute of Culture, the Austrian Cultural Forum Brussels, the International Visegrad Fund, PACE.V4 and 100 Years CZ

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