Since 2004 Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk has been providing extensive support to the development of contemporary choreography through its performative programme based in Poznań, recognized internationally under the name Stary Browar Nowy Taniec / Old Brewery New Dance. Conceived and curated by Joanna Leśnierowska, it provided the Polish and international dance community with a unique meeting point in Central Eastern Europe - a platform for research, creation and choreographic (self)reflection bringing forward the art of choreography in dialogue with other disciplines, examining its history, theory and future, revisiting and interrogating its own artistic, but also political and social, content and contexts.
Such understood choreographic practice – the embodied thinking process in constant motion – becomes the central focus of ACZIUN SUSCH. Political by its nature, such discursive choreography is constantly engaged in confronting naturalized and/or imposed ways of perceiving/experiencing the body and world, in order to create counter ways of seeing and being seen. Choreography that inhabits (and boldly widens) a crack between visual arts and dance while defining its own autonomous territory will find visibility and space within ACZIUN SUSCH.
The programme of research residencies will combine space for reflection and individual practice with public rehearsals, workshops and lectures.
Joanna Leśnierowska dance curator, dramaturge and performance-maker; she used to write as the first regular professional dance writer for “Didaskalia” magazine, one of Poland’s leading theater journals. She has also published on Polish dance in Theater der Zeit (Berlin), Dance Today (Israel), and Dance Zone (Prague), lectured on choreography history and theory in University of Poznan and Jagiellonian University in Cracow and gave many speeches on Polish dance and contemporary choreography abroad.
In 2004 she has created the first regular dance space/choreographic development center in Poznan, Poland, within Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk. Here she’s featuring international avant-garde choreographers and intensively supports the development of Polish dance artists. In the years 2011-14 she has been a member of the advisory board of the Music and Dance Institute in Warsaw. In season 2018/19 she curated “widening the field” – the choreographic production program at Nowy Theatre, Warsaw.
Since 2019 Joanna has become chief curator of Acziun Susch – one of main programs of Muzeum Susch dedicated to contemporary choreography. Parallel to her curatorial work, Joanna pursues practice as dramaturge and performance maker. She co-operates with several Polish and international choreographers as well as conceives own works and leads international collaboration projects in Europe and North and South America.