Master Class with Ola Maciejewska:


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© Photo: Martin Argyroglo

10/25 | 10 AM - 1 PM
The Dance Center - Columbia College Chicago
1306 S Michigan Ave, Studio 300, 3rd Floor Chicago
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This workshop will anchor on performative strategies behind the solo entitled Loie Fuller: Research that investigates the work and life of Loie Fuller one of the pioneers of Modern dance through the lens of Post-Modern minimalist tendencies in dance articulated by Simone Forti, Yvonne Rainer and Robert Morris. By bringing seemingly unrelated histories Maciejewska engages in re-thinking and activating the past in critical yet playful manner. The gesture of activating historical material builds on examining in depth alternative modes of movement production as a strategy to work on legacy of object - centered dances, and invests in the process of re-writing dance history from one’s own personal experience. The participants will explore principles, ideas, and tasks connected to the work.

About the Artists

Born in Poland based currently in Paris, Ola Maciejewskais a choreographer and performer. In 2012 she obtained her MA from Contemporary Theatre and Dance Studies at the University of Utrecht. Along the academic research she made a performance, entitled: LOIE FULLER: Research (2011), that has been presented in France for the Opening of CN D Pantin in 2015, Switzerland, Spain, Canada, Poland, Portugal and several venues in Holland. In the fall 2015 Ola Maciejewska premiered BOMBYX MORI in Paris at la Ménagerie de verre in the framework of the Festival Les Inaccoutumés, and continued being presented abroad in venues such as Kaaitheater, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Veem Huis voor Performance, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, ImPulsTanz in Vienna to name just few. BOMBYX MORI is supported by Fondation d’entreprise Hermès in the frame of New Settings #6. In 2016 until 2018 Ola Maciejewska is associated artist of Centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie. In the fall 2017, Ola’s solo work LOIE FULLER: Research and COSMOPOL (dance film) was presented in the frame of la Biennale de Lyon. Her new work DANCE CONCERT has its world premiere at National Taichung Theatre in Taiwan and in the fall of 2018 it will be presented at Centre Pompidou in the frame of Festival d’Automne in France.

The Dance Center - Columbia College Chicago

The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago is the city’s leading presenter of contemporary dance—bringing international, national, and local artists to Chicago audiences.

The mission of the Dance Center’s Dance Presenting Series is to contribute to a total learning center for audiences, artists, students, and faculty by:

  • Presenting leading regional, national, international contemporary dance companies to Chicago and campus audiences in an environment conducive to innovation, inclusion, appreciation, and learning;

  • Building partnerships to strengthen Chicago’s diverse communities with dance-related initiatives;

  • Infusing the Dance department’s curriculum with world class guest artists in numerous performance residencies and extended teaching engagements; and

  • Practicing a sustained commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our programming, community partnerships, and audience engagement programs.

Through our integration with Columbia College Chicago’s Dance Department, our presenting season brings unparalleled experiences to students pursuing BA and BFA degrees in dance through performances, classes, residency programs, conversation, and internship opportunities.