About Festival

Rush, continuity, a point – AND IN THEM: time loops, transiency, memory, loss, a short moment and unbearable longueur, quest for time, time measured with history, impermanence, political nature, time understood as arranging, reproducing, archiving, biological time of a body seen as elapsing, free time or a mutiny against the tyranny of the clock, residence – as islands of idleness, doing nothing, alternatives for the future, ways and tools for measuring time in dance… 

The leading theme of the 16th edition of Ciało/Umysł Festival is time. In case of contemporary artists, the expression of body in movement proves to be the most ductile mirror of time and its various aspects. Photo.Alexandra Laudo


Invited artists and their works explore such subjects as continuity and transiency in our lives, the question of memory, its documentation and replication, biological time and its passing, rhythm and time loop, our pursuit of time or attempts to escape the tyranny of the clock. A Catalan curator and artist Alexandra Laudo, by means of her performative lecture titled “An intellectual history of the clock”, will acquaint our audience with the subject and explore the idea of social construct of time and the ways in which it is measured and felt. Other artists will focus on individual aspects of time.


Firstly, the memory and past. What kind of emotions does dance from years ago release? Are its ideas outdated or still valid? Can something as ethereal as dance be archived and reproduced? This is what a British-American dancer Ruth Childs is, among others, concerned with. She is going to present a reconstruction of three solo works created in the 1960s by her aunt Lucinda Childs, a legendary postmodern dancer and founder of Judson Dance Theater.  A French choreographer/philosopher Jérôme Bel, who will develop the Warsaw version of his spectacle ”Gala” especially for C/U Festival, will in turn examine the subject of the memory of a body and the social aspect of time in pop dance. He will also delve into the problem of the utopian quest of time and unachievable perfection.


Secondly, the present. Since the past is already gone, and the future is not yet here, the present narrows down to a mere point in time, a moment for dwelling in timelessness, improvising in movement, being “here and now”. When seeking it, the Festival will invite its audience to join it in jamming and experiencing the integrating power of dance by means of Pina Bausch’s Nelken- Line. This is a project where everyone is welcome to join and dance a part of Pina Bausch’s choreography “Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter” from her “Nelken” performance from 1982.

Thirdly, the future. It brings a lot of questions with no easy answers and forces us to confront certain issues. One of them is a deepening problem of ageing society combined with a quest for longevity explored by DANCE ON ENSEMBLE – a group of dancers aged over 40. Their spectacle entitled “Water between three hands” by a Lebanese director Rabih Mroué refers to ”remnants of time” left in dancers’ bodies and poses questions about irreversible passage of time, whose consequences are particularly dramatic for dancers, as well as the future and the alternatives that it brings.