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  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 8:00 PM

Renata Piotrowska-Auffret’s Plain of Weak Muscles is a performance that uses tools of experimental dance and theatre, and takes the closing of the libretto for Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring as its starting point.

Based on testimonies of contemporary women gathered by the artists, and the formula of the fairy tale and the witch, the production tells of strategies for abusing the female body, and deconstructs and transforms the power/violence narratives and mechanisms present in culture today. It also takes the stereotypical figure of the victim as a woman who is ”naturally” vulnerable to harm and looks for alternative stories of women’s bodies, designing a space for emancipation and a new mythology.

Renata Piotrowska-Auffret is connected to choreographic centres in Poland and Europe. She is a member of Centrum w Ruchu, a Warsaw collective of independent choreographers. 

Fragments of the choreography are inspired with the Sacrificial Dance from Nijinsky’s The Rite of Spring (1913) based on historical reconstruction Sacre #2 by Dominique Brun (2014) as conveyed by Clarisse Chanel.

Strobe lights and loud music are used in the performance.

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