residency: October—November 2019

Iza Szostak (Poland)

Iza Szostak

is a dancer, a choreographer, and a performer. In her practice, she applies the perspective of new materialism, which is a tool allowing her to perceive matter as an active and instrumental force. Her choreographic works are often based on made-up systems communicating the body with objects. The material she uses for constructing her work consists of processed images from the fields of visual arts and films, as well as pieces of anthropological research, items from the private archive, and bits of her personal biography. In her performances, she explores hybrid forms: within their structure, the body seems to act both as a costume and a medium for conveying emotions and states of mind. Choreography is an instrument enabling her to create a new order.

She is a graduate of the Warsaw Ballet School and the Codarts–Rotterdam Dance Academy in Holland. She completed an internship in Belgium at the Troubleyn / Jan Fabre company.

She is the author of performances: RE//MIX–Merce Cunningham; Body. Child. Object; Europe: An Investigation; Excavatory Ballet; National Affairs; PRIV; le journal secret.

For many years now she has closely collaborated with audiovisual artist Kuba Słomkowski. She is also part of the Warsaw choreographic collective Center in Motion.

During her residency at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, she will be working on a new performance.


  • Curator

    • Dominik Skrzypkowski

  • Photo

    • Katarzyna Szugajew

Residency is realised in collaboration with the Institute of Music and Dance thanks to financial support from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and the City of Warsaw.