concept, movement, performance
Natalia Draganik, Dominika Knapik, Joanna Leśnierowska, Agnieszka Noster, Janusz Orlik
Art Stations Foundation
15th September 2007, Stary Browar, Poznań
Nothing happens and we report it
The starting point for artistic exploration was the question: is "nothing" in art possible at all? And if not, why do we often say on leaving the theatre: it was basically about nothing, or: nothing really happened here? And what if one tried with all his might to do "nothing", to produce no meanings? Won't it, by any chance, turn out that Leibniz was right in assuming that in the universe (spectacle?) there is always something rather than nothing?
The piece is intended to become a poetical manifesto and perverse apotheosis of dance itself and the power of man's body as a medium. For no matter how hard we would like to suppress it, it will always tell stories from which, no matter how hard we try, we cannot escape...
...dazzling and artistically mature observation, far from easy provocation.
Witold Mrozek, nowytaniec.pl, November 2007
Founded in 2003, towarzystwo gimnastyczne is a Poznan-based artistic collective (and association). Although in their work they mainly employ broadly understood contemporary dance techniques, they want to avoid any genre generalisations. Their ultimate goal is to find means of expression that best render the contents of the performance. nic, for which the association invited collaboration from three freelance Polish artists: Janusz Orlik, Agnieszka Noster and Dominika Knapik, is the ensemble's third piece (following Whatever you wish (2003) and Obcojęzyczność [Foreign-language-ness] (2005).