An exhibition of sculptures by Marta Fuks-Frankiewicz, Choreographer Alexandr Azarkevitch & Mikołaj Czekalski

Curated by Yara Tschallener

Private View: Friday 2nd of September 2011 – 6.00 pm to 11.00 pm
Exhibition runs from: Friday 2nd of September – Thursday 8th of September 2011
Opening Hours: Fri – Weds: 11.00 am to 6.30 pm – Sat: 12.30pm – 5.00 pm
Last day of Exhibition: Thursday 8th of September: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

Participants of the Space-body-soul project include Alexandr Azarkevitch, a dancer and choreographer, who, together with Marta Fuks-Frankiewicz, initiated the realization of the dance-sculpting project. The project also includes young dancers (dancers-choreographers) who are in fact an inspiration for sculpturing as dancers animate the sculptures through a selection of dance movements.

The project can be divided into three elements, all of which realize the artistic goals of all the people engaged in the project as a whole. The first dimension of the project is SPACE – it relates to the urban space of the city of Łódź. This dimension is being explored by a film – a performance presenting dancers in a nostalgic urban scenery. It is in attempt to present the specific climate of the 19th century tenement interiors. It is also an attempt to combine the energy and vitality of the dancers with the past that sinks into the oblivion. This goal is achieved with the visual contrast between the gentleness and etherealness of a classically dressed ballerina and the destroyed and squalid interior of the tenement. (The buildings where the scenes were filmed are located at 10 and 55 Piotrkowska Street.) The film was made by Mikołaj Czekalski a student of Film and Television Picture Production at the School of Art and Design in Łódź, Poland.

The second dimension of the project is BODY and it is directly related to the sculpture work. Similarly to the first unveiling of the project called BALANCE-DISBALANCE the sculptures are the impressionistic work of Marta Fuks-Frankiewicz and is inspired by the specific motion in ballet. This movement, however, is only apparent and captured at the very beginning – the moment when the dancer only intends to make a movement. It is also the actual movement in a pose that lasts only for a split second, however, when captured by the sculpture it will last forever. This is where the sensual pleasure for the spectators comes from – when they look at the sculptures it is real feast for the eye – the gracefulness and ephemeral charm permanently captured in bronze. These sculptures also have another dimension – the Author uses them to make us aware of the equal value of a Man and a Woman, who according to the Author are equal and therefore they are treated as one. They seem to be polar opposites of the balance in life. Their relationship, in order to be perfect, needs to be based on the balance of the spirit, body and soul and its motion force is the thin line between balance and imbalance that allows to achieve, if only for a moment, the absolute harmony. This is where the whole issue of sculpting, inspiration and appreciation for the dance are expressed by one word – BODY. Body is the carrier of emotions and energy and a tool with which the dancers tell their story.

The third dimension of the project -SOUL – bonds together the previous two. It bonds, as well as interpenetrates, both the concept of space and the concept of body. The soul revives these values and gives them a deeper sense. Without the element of soul a sculpture showing dancers’ bodies would only be a superficial record of the muscles, joints and tendons in motion and the space would only be a complex of deteriorating buildings which are irritating with their ugliness rather than attract with their mysteriousness. This dimension carries out the most important value – the spirituality which allows discovering the hidden beauty that subtly revives our sensitivity.

Region: All
Start Date: 02/09/2011
End Date: 08/09/2011
Start Time: 18:00
Venue: Red Gate Gallery
Venue Address: 209a Coldharbour Lane, London
Press Tickets: Available
Sponsorship: Not Available
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Name: Yara Tschallener