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Performative Centre is conceived as a research and artistic practice laboratory which creates and elaborates discourse around contemporary performing arts practices. One of the core tasks of the Centre is to build and develop discourse and critical reflection related to contemporary choreographic and performative practices. The programme of the Centre will consist of research and residency projects, seminars, discussions and workshops with the participation of Polish and international creators and theoreticians, always combining critical and artistic practice in the field of contemporary performing arts.
The Centre’s mission is to create a space which enables an open, animated dialogue, not subordinated to the market principles and free from hierarchical academic structures. The Centre’s main goal is to offer the artists, thinkers and culture workers time and space to think and practice instead of forcing them to produce a new event, “a cut-and-dried commodity.” The space of the Centre is liberated from the necessity to continually produce new shows, plays, events, premieres and showcases. Instead, the Centre offers a space which is focused on developing the choreographic and performing arts practices and, by doing so, on strengthening a critical reflection around them in the social, political and economic context.
Rabih Mroué lives and works in Beirut and Berlin. Rooted in the theatre, his artistic practice is situated between performing and visual arts, often intermingling fiction and reality. He is a co-founder and member of the executive board of the Beirut Art Center, co-publisher of TDR: The Drama Review (NYC) and regularly cooperates with the Munich Kammerspiele. His current stage works include Ode to Joy (2015), Riding on a Cloud (2013) and 33 RPM and a Few Seconds (2012) with Lina Majdalanie. His most recent exhibitions were opened at MOMA 2015, Mesnta Gallerija (Ljubljana, 2014), SALT (Istanbul, 2014), CA2M (Madrid, 2013) and DOCUMENTA 13 (Kassel, 2012). In March 2016, Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin organised a festival dedicated to his works created with Lina Majdalanie. His first theatre production in Poland, No More Versailles Here!, curated by Marta Keil, premiered at the Polish Theatre in Bydgoszcz in June 2016.