Soft Ground, 2016 (performance)

(Phot. Frederik Gruyaert)

Collaboration and performed by Kristina Aglaja Skaldina

Nida Art Colony, Lithuania, 2016

Alicja Bielawska examines the choreographic capabilities of her works during her performances with the participation of dancers. The first one took place during her residence in the Nida Art Colony in Lithuania in 2016. In the clear, white space delineated on the floor, with the aid of colorful lines of the drawing, the dancer struggles with the movement determined by one of the works. The blanket folded in a cube is the eponymous soft ground under her feet. A small rectangular piece of material becomes a base on which the dancer carries out a sequence of moves taken from everyday situations. At the same time every change of the blanket’s position is followed by a change in the positioning of the body and, what follows, a change in the space surrounding it.

Anna Szary

(excerpts from the catalogue Alicja Bielawska, Galeria Labirynt, Lublin, 2017)