Having often addressed questions of feminism and cultural convention, Paulina Olowska here revisits the work of Zofia Stryjeńska—exploring the visionary Polish artist’s notion of ballet as a “wreath of ceremonies,” and designing costumes after her 1918 painting series Bożki słowiańskie (Slavic Deities) that was based on Slavic folklore and mythology. Katy Pyle, Artistic Director of the Ballez, will be working with Jules Skloot, Lindsay Reuter, Mei Yamanaka, Deborah Lohse, Madison Krekel, and Charles Gowin to personify Stryjeńska’s goddesses in solos that reactivate classic folk steps. An original score by Sergei Tcherepnin will mix cosmic sounds together with traditional Mazurkas, Polkas, and Oberkas, as well as spiritual disco. Lighting design by Madeline Best with inspirational quotes of Zofia Stryjeńska and Paulina Olowska.
Curated by Katy Dammers and Tim Griffin.
January 26–28, 8pm
Slavic Goddesses—A Wreath of Ceremonies is made possible with support from Rebecca and Martin Eisenberg, Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner, Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo and The Dorothea Leonhardt Fund at the Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc., and Polish Cultural Institute New York; annual program grants from Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Howard Gilman Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Special thanks for the generous support of Metro Pictures, New York; Simon Lee Gallery, London; and Foksal Foundation Gallery, Warsaw.
Photo © Paulina Olowska with outfit by Zofia Stryjenska. Pictured from left to right: Madison Krekel and Alicja Pismenko.
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