Dorota Michalak is a dancer, choreographer, improviser, cultural worker;
born in 1992 in Konin, a town in central Poland; graduate of Tanz, Kontext, Choreographie (HZT/Berlin), Philological & Historical Studies of Central Europe, Intercultural Communication (UAM/Poznań); currently dividing life and work between Poznań and Berlin.
her work derives from the conviction, that dance is a technology of thinking WITH, IN and ABOUT the tangible world. It aligns with the recognition that materials and meanings that surrounds us are the ones that constitute and penetrate us.
Within her choreographic practice she dives into various BODILY STRATA, both material and semantic. She is interested in attuning to different scales of time and space embedded in and entangled with our-tangible-selves. She works with impersonal affect and empathy, kinesthetic engagement, synaesthetic imagination and deep listening. She listens to what the MANY-TIMED / MANY-SPACED body wants to say, how it explains its reality, what is the language it speaks. She is interested in the TANGIBILITY of invisible processes, working with the voice and speech understood as enmeshed material-semantic landscapes, as well as zooming into the details of different modes of communication.
She draws inspiration from the VEGETAL world, leaning on such qualities as complete exposure, continuity, acceptance of nuances, coinciding with the very substance of the world. It is a way to suspend in a pleasure of taking place, relating and making sense beyond the human mentality and intentionality. It is a labor of giving in to the tangible condition of ours, diving into the materiality that entangles us with the mundane and imaginative, exuberant world at the same time.
She believes it can be a tool to build an alternative, situated understanding of the ‘human being’, beyond known stratifications and taxonomies, as well as ‘human environment ’ as a space of interspecies coexistence, where various marginalized claims are heard.
The performance is investigated as a political, poetic, and somatic construction – a way of being in the space together – leaning on THE POWER OF COMMUNAL ATTENTION AND ENGAGEMENT. It takes forms of staged and site-adaptive performances (‘A bee a unicorn’ 2019, ‘Doing things’ 2019, ‘Divine smell of Paste’ 2016), as well as pedagogical and communal projects (‘Becoming body’ 2018-2021, ‘Doing things’/Montreal 2019, ‘Performative music exploration’ 2019, ‘Atak Przestrzeni’ 2015-2016).
She is committed to choreographic modes of working inspired by the notion of the MESHWORK. It orients towards an attentive and sensual inhabitance of the working space. A studio or a site becomes a relational field shared by interconnected, human and non-human materialities.
As a performer she has collaborated with i.a.: Isabelle Schad, Moritz Majce, Pauline Payen, Dalija Aćin Thelander, Krystyna Lama Szydłowska, Zofia Tomczyk, Forough Fami, Alica Minar, Magdalena Meindl, Angela Schubot & Jared Gradinger, Sheena McGrandles.
Scholarship holder of danceWEB 2020, PROMOS 2019 for the visit at SenseLab/Montreal, Młoda Polska 2018 by Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and Alternative Dance Academy 2015 by Art Stations Foundation.