Maria Zimpel (Poland)
choreographer and dancer. In her work Zimpel draws on somatics and autobiographical abstraction. In her movement research she examine the limits of physicality and creates her own dance language. She is the author of: Pure Matter, Epic, Working like a dog, What do you really miss? (SoloProject2012) , s c a t t e r, noish~, and the trio entitled: What do you really miss? (3),2. Her background is the tradition of radical artists ones like Rosalind Crisp, Isabelle Schad or Kat Valastur with all of whom she has collaborated on numerous occasions as a dancer. She stars in both others’ and her own projects working in Poland and over the world e.g. in Paris, Berlin, Petersburg, Prague, Vienna, and Amsterdam. She studied dancing and choreography at the Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz (HZT) of the Berlin Universität der Künste.
Zimpel’s performative residency at Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art as part of Feedback: giving and assuming form project, is the final stage of elaboration of the choreography for Body and Fiction. During her residency, the artist will continue her collaboration with Dorota Kabała, in charge of the spatial object design, composer – Bryan Eubanks, and Paweł Winiarski who will be in charge of lights. Zimpel will also examine and look closer at the relations between these layers of the choreography and the movement material.
Dancing body is not only physical. Body is also created by embodied imagination and relationships which she/he enters. Fiction in various ways allows me to ask questions about the limits of the body, allows also to reach out to existing stories and build new ones – embodied stories about relations in the body, anatomically fictitious and anatomically true. The dance here is generated by finding – upon internal anatomical and spatial maps – energy pathways. These pathways, awoken in corporeality, enable the body of the performer to shift into new organisms and new forms of lives.