It is a movement practice developed and shared in a form of workshops and peer to peer exchange. It aims at tuning into what we call, following Erin Manning, a state of ‘becoming body’ – a responsive quality, that transcends bound and homogenic idea of identity.

“Bodies cannot be measured solely by adding their parts (their organs), thus creating an ambulatory whole. Bodies engage symbiotically, incorporeally, virtually, always becoming more than they already seem to be.”

/E. Manning · Politics of Touch: Sense, Movement, Sovereignty · 2007/

It mixes a somatic approach, dance scores and philosophy. We work with movement & spoken language, verbalization of sensations, tracing attention, tuning into different time-spaces embedded within our bodies, playing with scales and volumes. We focus on bodily fluidity and approach the body as a fluid archive. Based on that we intend to explore notions of ‘heritage’ as an embodied knowledge created always in a relation to other bodies, in continuous movement and transformation. In this investigation we specifically focus on language as a matter – understood as a collective set of rules and as a mean capable of activating and integrating different perspectives. Its aim is to practice alternative understanding of what constitutes and surrounds us, distorting modern, colonial epistemic tradition.

relation #1

“vibration - freedom - release - connection
alternative body - alternative anatomy - powerful question:
where is up?“

relation #2

“relationship with the time becomes flexible and multiple - a sense of time is actually flowing from one pace to the other - it is not linear anymore - a rigidness of reality is melting - mutating - it is all in the passing, not the beginning, not the end”

relation #3

“connecting with the time and with the future - remembering my origin - expanding my roots - arrival on a new planet - creating a universe - body within a body - the travelling cells”

“what the coral said.
once. we were all singing. somewhere. we are still. moving. as something huge, vibrational, wet. we dance and keep the world in place. we shiver and know the orbit. if you let the body undulate you will remember. not all the waves are in the ocean. we don't know so much about soloists. we don't know so much about virtue. we don't care so much about your body. it's the body. you are already part of it because you has nothing to do with it. dance into harmony now. now is already now. time has nothing to do with it. time is up. time is over. we are love in all directions. come on, sing.”

/ Alexis P. Gumbs · Dub: Finding Ceremony · 2020/


Concept & facilitation: Dorota Michalak (in collaboration with Borys Słowikowski at Xarkis residency)

Conceptual support: Sandra Noeth

Documentation (Xarkis residency): Emma Louise Photography

HZT Berlin | Xarkis

Among us workshop series / online / 15.01.2021 

Pawilon Otwarty: Poznanska Orkiestra Improwizowana, Body/Ciało / Pawilon, Poznań (PL) / 16.04.2019

Residency at Xarkis Festival 2018 / Koilani (CY) / 14-19.08.2018 
︎ ︎ ︎dorotmich@gmail.com