SOAK works as a continuous gesture carried out through an empty space of a dance studio or a theatre. Leaning towards and away from its function and efficacy, SOAK as a gesture insists on its own duration and care. Performer’s body dissolves right behind it and performs a disappearing, as the peripheral elements of the space move into the centre and reveal its raw features. SOAK is a solo work in search of the questions on labour and hierarchies of orders and cleanliness, happening in the spaces we work in and live in. SOAK maintains and keeps on celebrating all what’s withdrawn within invisibility of the laborious.
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Mary Szydłowska is a Brussels based choreographer and performer of Polish origins. Her work feeds on the notions of the peripheral, withdrawn and invisible, followed within architectural spaces, institutional environments and marginalised fields of labour. She works with objects, fabrics and hand gestures as means for creating attention limbos. Her work expands towards sculpture and installations, in which she performs. In 2020 and 2021 she made a diptych of solos SOAK and LEAKS, as a part of her research on cleaning and maintenance practices. A great part of Mary’s work sets itself in the context of contemporary art exhibitions and museum spaces. She created performances and performative guided tours at MoMA in Warsaw (2018-19), Centrale.lab for Contemporary Art in Brussels (2019) and KANAL.Centre Pompidou in Brussels. Her WORKS on WORKS series is based a long-term developed practice of a lickerish way of art and other artists consumption, presented as a layered performative medium. In 2021 she graduated from MA STUDIOS programme for dance makers at Performing Arts and Research Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S.). She holds MA degree in cultural studies (Jagiellonian University in Cracow).