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The starting point for creating a new choreography by Tomasz Bazan was the Greek term hesychia, which refers to purification, spiritual stillness, silence and consequently to cutting off one’s senses from the outer world. Before working on this choreography the dancer met with Honzu Takamoru in Berlin, where the artists spent a couple of days improvising in the streets of the city. Those improvisations made the outlines for the choreography. By observing what the impulses from the outside world inflicted inside them and recognizing their own emotions, they created a sequence of movements, which Bazan then adapted to touch the problem of emptiness and looking for identity. An important inspiration for the performance was alto the figure of Alvarez Ortega, an Argentinean dancer, obsessed with blindness, who made a conscious choice not to use her sight either onstage or in everyday life. She died in an accident, hit by a car. By making references to her, the performance enters into discussion with the feeling of loneliness, fear of darkness, solitude.
Tomasz Bazan is a dancer and choreographer. Since 2004 he runs his own, independent Maat Theatre Project at the Centre for Culture in Lublin. He follows his programme of physical training and cultural discoveries. He is also the creator and artistic director of the International Maat Festival. He studied dance with many outstanding dancers and martial arts masters, including: Nam Bui Ngoc, Yuri Pstrovski, Witold Jurewicz, Monika Tachman, Shizamitu Tienn, Łukasz Maziarczyk, Gabriell Daris, Atsushi Takenouchi, Sylwia Hanff. He has been studying eastern martial arts for years, he specializes in the styles of Lang and Vietnam Dao.
He was a resident artist of the Art Stations Kulczyk Foundation (2008).