Interviews | April 23, 2024 |

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Image courtesy of Kamila Olesińska

Interview: Kamila Olesińska
Luca Curci
talks with Kamila Olesińska during the 13th edition of CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2023, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

Kamila Olesińska started learning dance in the oldest flamenco school in Poland – Studio Flamenco in Warsaw. She has been sharing her passion as a dance instructor for over eighteen years. She has taken
part in numerous workshops at home and in Spain, dedicated to flamenco dance but she also has trained butoh and Dance Movement Therapy. Her style has gradually evolved, and she likes to draw on classical, contemporary and folk music in her choreographies. The artist created the multidimensional performance Venus. Read my dance. which was performed at the HIGH FEST International Festival of Performing Arts in Yerevan. With the Madrugada Sombra band, she recorded the album Sombra and created the award-winning project Flamenco with a Slavic Soul, which combines flamenco with Polish folk music, jazz and electronica. Moreover, with accordion Harmonium Duo and soprano Ewa Leszczyńska she creates the project Community of musical intonations presenting classical Polish and Ukrainian composers in a new way. She has performed at numerous Polish and international festivals, including the JEFF Festival in Slovenia, the Festival of Iranian Art in Edinburgh, Transvocale in Słubice, the Festival of Cultures “Window onto the World” in Gdańsk, the “World of Music, Music of the World” Festival in Kutno, the International Folk Inspirations Festival in Łódź, “Strefa Ciszy” in Warsaw and others. She took part in musical performances of Carmen Concierto, The Story of the Woman Who Danced, Shirin and Marzenia. She has performed on TVP, TVP Polonia and TLC television programmes. As a performer, she represented Poland in the unique international project Desegregation, in which, thanks to multimedia, dancers from Poland, Iran, Korea and Austria performed at the same time and on one stage, but in different places around the world and took part in the visual performance of the artist Pola Babicka dancing a Phoenix. As a guest artist, she has appeared in music videos Jestem by Karolina Skrzyńska and W ogniu świat by the band Łysa Góra.

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Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Kamila Olesińska –
I am a dancer and choreographer, so these are the first tools I use when thinking about a project. However, I have always tried to tell a story through my choreographies. Language and words and the way they influence our perception of the world are fascinating to me. I’ve been writing poems since my childhood and I love to play words.

LC – Where did the need to show reality through performance art come from?
KO –
I feel that this arose out of a disagreement about how femininity is perceived, and how we construct it based on beliefs and viewing ourselves in the eyes of others. That is why for my project ‘Venus. Read my dance.’ I invited women to talk about womanhood. I was also inspired by my mom who passed away three years ago – she was an amazing woman.

LC – Is there an unrealised or unrealisable project, even a crazy one, that you would like to work on?
KO –
Yes, I have one in my mind. I’m thinking of my own interpretation of The Way of the Cross. But let the rest be the silence.

LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
KO –
My medium of expression is my body. I chose performance because it allows me to contact people directly. I heard once the sentence ‘when I perform I become a mirror’ and this is something that is a summary of performing arts for me – people can see reflections of themselves in your art.

LC – What is the most challenging part about performing?
KO –
You have to be honest with yourself and the audience when performing, there is no room for pretence. Moreover, you can’t hide behind your art because you are your art. What I like about performing, but I also find it challenging, is that your performance and your art are different every time, because the space, the time and the people watching you become part of your performance.

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LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
KO –
The most important thing for me was meeting inspiring people. I hope it will be fruitful in the future and bring new opportunities for cooperation.

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
KO –
As the 13th edition of Contemporary Venice analyzed the relationship between body and space I think my performance fits perfectly with this theme. It treats not only about the body itself but also how our body influences the way we perceive the world. It shows the modern woman breaking free of her limitations. This is how I see the future landscape.

LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
KO –
I think that the organization was great and the people were very helpful. Also, the place – Palazzo Albrizzi- Capello has its special vibe.

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
KO –
Yes, and I think it’s a good choice I would definitely recommend participating in events organized by ITSLIQUID GROPU to artists who are looking for new possibilities to exhibit and perform.

LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
KO –
It is a useful tool to look for new possibilities and find great artist.

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