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Breaking the Spell: Alicja Czyczel/Giorgia Ohanesian Nardin

Feministische Performance und Praktiken des Zusammen-Seins
Ein Festival- und Austauschformat

 Therese-Giehse-Halle
 English
 15 euros, 8 euros reduced
 Therese-Giehse-Halle
 English
 15 euros, 8 euros reduced

The festival ticket (4 x Breaking the Spell July 14-17 for 20 Euro)

Alicja Czyczel: Workshop

Workshop is a format where we learn as much - as long - as we unlearn collectively across time, bodies and lands. Alicja Czyczel is inviting you to take part in a self-paced workshop which meets personal experiences, embodiment practices, poetry, experimental anatomy, deep listening and movement research. No prior experience is necessary. People of all ages and abilities are welcome. Please bring comfortable clothes. The language of the workshop will be English but on-site translations are more than welcome.

Alicja Czyczel (she / her) - feminist choreographer, performer and educator raised in post-communist Poland, educated in France (Master exerce), currently working as a freelance artist in Warsaw. She sees choreography, dance improvisation and somatics, which she shares with children and adults, as liberatory spaces for expressing emotions and political resistance, deepening empathy and building resilient communities. Co-creator of Przestrzeń Wspólna/Common Space collective. As maker/performer/researcher collaborated with or was supported by ICI-CCN Montpellier, Warsaw MoMA, National Institute of Music Dance, Art Stations Foundation, Ponderosa, Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Konteksty.

Giorgia Ohanesian Nardin: Premonition

Giorgia Ohanesian Nardin is an artist and independent researcher of Armenian descent working in the contexts of movement and live performance. Their research is built of a collection of pedagogic and performative events that focus on experiencing pleasure as a form of resistance to systemic oppression by relating a queer/transfeminist approach to somatic practices. Trained in dance, their work exists is the shape of movement/video/text/sound/gatherings and deals with narratives of hostility, survival strategies, rest, friction, sensuality, healing.

I do not resign from gender.

I am not abdicating from gender.

How could I?

that would be to say that I am pure

that I am free

I am contextualized by gender


how the pavement is laid out

what to do about dreaming maps



what is recognized as tradition


genocide is geography

so what to do about my love

for places

maybe this is what Stockholm Syndrome looks like

Continuing the reseach on reappropriation of somatic geographies from a decolonial perspective I am thinking about a solo for myself, a constellation, a series of annotations and notes and thoughts and feelings that oscillate between language, movement and sound. I am looking at the relationship between sediments and debris, geographies inscribed in bodies, at vibration as a method and oscillation as an antidote.

Notes by Ivana Müller.

The concept of Notes is inspired by the 19th century practice of ‘marginalia’, which cultivated a gesture of “personalizing” a book before offering it to a friend or a lover by writing notes in the margin. In the frame of Breaking the Spell choreographer Ivana Müller invites four artists to select a book and annotate it one after the other. In the process, four perspectives complement and overwrite each other to form a collective trace. For Breaking the Spell in Munich, Samara Hersch, Giorgia Ohnessian Nardin, Antonia Sagh and Swoosh Lieu selected the book Spells: 21st Century Occult Poetry, edited by Rebecca Tamás and Sarah Shin, and annotated it with personal notes, embroidery and other additions. Since April 2022, the book has travelled from Paris to Ireland, from Ireland to Italy, from Italy to Turkey - bearing the traces of its readers and its journeys - and is now coming to Munich. From 14 - 17 July, the book with the original annotations of the artists will be made accessible in a small installation in the Therese-Giehse-Halle and invites you to new personal encounters in a cosy environment: alone or in a small group, you can leaf through it, read it (aloud) and look at it.

The Installation open daily from 19h30. On Thursday, 17 July, as part of the evening programme of Breaking the Spell, there will be a talk with Ivana Müller and the participating artists about the project and the process (moderated by Marta Keil and Olivia Ebert).

Das Projekt Breaking the Spell wird gefördert durch die Kulturstiftung des Bundes. Die Produktion „Notes“ von Ivana Müller wird mit Förderung durch das Institut Français präsentiert.
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