Only when something ends is there the chance for something new to begin. We take note and wonder what remains of something that isn't quite there anymore, but has never really left?
We invite you to say goodbye to Poznań cinema Olimpia, to see those spaces one last time the way they are now, though they'll probably still be the same tomorrow. We will hold white lilies and perhaps each other's hands. There will be piano music, candles and dances of marble, but let's not make this too sentimental – there is still so much to see. We've sampled everything from the entrance doormat to the cracked ceiling paint on the fifth floor. We want to give a toast to it all, including the heating system and the wood staircase (still in good working condition). This performance is like an inventory of the Olimpia. We haven't changed anything about it and it's not always pretty, but the building is here for you and awaits your last goodbye.
Monica Duncan is a video artist and choreographer. Her time-based work investigates the nature of visual perception and audience-performer dynamics through camouflage, stillness and collective image-making. Duncan’s video and performance work has been exhibited at HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Komuna//Warszawa, Mousonturm, zeitraumexit, The Kitchen, La Casa Encendida, ZKM and LACMA among others. She has been a visiting artist at the Atlanta College of Art, Signal Culture, Experimental Television Center, Hunter College, Scena Robocza and forthcoming at the Institute for Electronic Arts. Duncan received her MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California San Diego and MA in Choreography and Performance at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies, JLU Gießen. www.monicaduncan.net
is an independent theatre and performance maker, coming from Poland, based in Berlin. He creates different contemporary theatre forms including classical theatre pieces, different forms of performances and choreographies. He collaborated with Markus Öhrn, Oliver Frljić, Monica Duncan, Emmilou Rößling, Komuna//Warszawa, K.A.U. collective. His works have been already presented in different theatre and performing art festivals in Europe (PAF in Berlin, Theatre Confrontations Festival in Lublin, Spielart in Munich). Romuald is currently finishing his studies in the international Master Programme Choreography and Performance at the the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen.
Emmilou Rößling (1991, Berlin) is a choreographer and performer. She studied dance and theatre in London and Dublin and holds an MA in Choreography from JLU Gießen. Her work evolves around questions concerning representation and perception, searching for a performance mode beyond the spectacular and always striving towards some form of camouflage. Recent pieces include Water Cooler Chat (WT) (2018), CASCADE (2017), Zegnaj Olimpio (2017) and Talk.Talk (2015) presented in different venues such as Goshka Macuga Studio London, Mousonturm FFM, Sophiensaele Berlin, Frankfurter Kunstverein and Palais de la Porte Dorée Paris among others. www.emmilouroessling.com