TO DANCE | Christina Ciupke (Germany)

open project
4-6 october / 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Museum of the History of Polish Jews
hall, free entry


Ciupke explores the traditional ”instrumentation” of a dance performance inherited from the past and poses a question about the dance of the future.

Our interest in the apparatus of a dance performance as we inherited it from the past  is related to a desire to re-consider a future of a dance as an event. During last four years, in a number of  steps, we gradually re-examined different components without which a dance-theatrical situation  is not possible. The only aspect that was in our research left un-attended is the performative act - the dance itself. We are now at the point where we are coming back to a dancing body, imagining it in its isolation, as a “choreographic object”.

The invitation to come to Warsaw and place such an object in a museum, where the past is both immortalised and transcended, gives us profound new context for our project. Because if there is a route connecting the memory with an utopia, that route is certainly passing through the body in motion.


Christina Ciupke is a performer and choreographer based in Berlin. She develops projects and specific situations in collaboration with artists from dance and other fields of art. She has worked with choreographer Nik Haffner, Mart Kangro, filmmaker Lucy Cash, visual artist Lars ø Ramberg, composer Boris Hauf and dramaturge Igor Dobričić. From 2003 to 2004 Christina Ciupke was guest artist at the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe. In 2013 she received her MA of Choreography from the Amsterdam School of the Arts. She explores the spheres in which intimacy and distance, sense of time and being together between the audience and performers are being constantly negotiated.


Igor Dobričić studied dramaturgy at the Belgrade Academy of Dramatic Arts. Between 2000 and 2004 he attended the program Master of Theatre in Amsterdam  (DasArts). He teaches concept development at the Amsterdam School for New Dance (SNDO), and since 2009, he has served as a research fellow with the Amsterdam School of the Arts, working on a long-term research project, Table Talks.  From 2014 he is working as guest  dramaturg in the context of the K3 choreographic residency program in Hamburg. Dobričić is a dramaturge and artistic advisor  to a number of choreographers including Nicole Beutler, Alma Söderberg, Keren Levi and Meg Stuart.

concept: Christina Ciupke and Igor Dobričić
performance: Christina Ciupke
production: Ciało/Umysł Foundation, Barbara Greiner