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Iza Szostak

"From culture to nature"

Things change (lettuce grows, where the ground was parched earlier). The atmosphere changes because humour does, too. There is nothing constant. All the time something grows and dies, withers and flourishes. Music changes because tastes do, too. No matter what, seasons change. We escape the fact that we need to yield, busily living our lives, but still in effect we talk about the weather. Primitive nature is a reference point we return to and according to which we make holiday plans. Nature is the guardian of public order. What are the manifestations of culture that grew out of the “lower levels” of nature? We build roads, shelters, care for the body, put up a fence. How does culture steer biological functions and slow down physiological processes? We crave for new levels implementing deliberate goals, such as self-actualization. “You are right there, but one needs to cultivate one’s own garden”.

idea and choreography: Iza Szostak artistic coaching: Luca Giacomo Schulte, Ornella Balestra music: Kuba Słomkowski light design and technical realization: Łukasz Kędzierski production: Art Stations Foundation – within the residency program of Solo Project 2011

Iza Szostak, graduate of the Ballet School in Warsaw and the Codarts, Rotterdam Dance Academy in the Netherlands. Scholarship holder of the Polish Ministry of Culture, the Dutch Corrie Hartong Fonds, and of the Alternative Dance Academy and Solo Project 2011, both founded by Art Stations Foundation/Stary Browar in Poznań. An intern of Jan Fabre / Troubleyn. Cooperated also with Michael Schumacher, Amy Raymond, Felix Ruckert, Anna Holter, Guilherme Botelho, Wojtek Ziemilski, Marysia Stokłosa, Edyta Kozak and Kaya Kołodziejczyk. She created and co-created performances were showed in: Holland, Germany, Portugal, China and Poland. Since 2010 she created her own choreographies “Karmi-go”, “Feedback”, “Grandpa-go”, “From culture to nature” and “The glass jar next to the glass jar”. Currently, a scholar of international EU project for young choreographers – SPAZIO.