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20.08.2019 / 8pm / White Wall Studio Montreal / DOING THINGS performative evening

thanks to Jonah Leslie & Coop Café Les Renards

9&10.02.2019 / 8:30pm / Ada Studio Berlin / NAH DRAN

idea & facilitation: Dorota Michalak
choreography & performance: Dorota Michalak, Borys Słowikowski, Lena Czerniawska & guests (Montreal: Miri Chekhanovich, Haley Jenkins-Crumb)

Supported by the HZT Berlin

“People that I don’t know well are staying at my place. When they are around I am tensed. I am repeating things, like standing up and looking at the oven, then coming back to have my tea, then standing up again…”

Doing things in front of others / Robienie rzeczy przed innymi

is a performance based on fragility of improvisation and (impersonal) affect that becomes a common ground for everyone engaged in the situation. Stretching time, navigating the gaze, generating the space for feelings and fabulations to emerge.


“How to acknowledge the obscure but ubiquitous intensity of impersonal affect?”

/Jane BENNETT, Vibrant Matter. A Political Ecology of Things, 2010/


Text zu NAH DRAN 9./10. Februar 2019

"... So vermag es Doing things in front of the others tatsächlich, das ada Studio in eine andere Welt zu verwandeln. Dabei erinnert es mich ein wenig an Joan Jonas' multimediale Performances, in denen auch sie Körper und eine Reihe anderer Medien und Stoffe, wie Video, Zeichnung, Musik, Textil und Skulptur, miteinander verflicht ..."



is a work of fabulating carried out by a collective body, merely by the fact of being enmeshed (physically and semantically) together. Starting from ‘inhabiting’ the stage, we expanded our field beyond performative set up.

Through different coincidences and encounters, DOING THINGS became a workshop (Working with the obvious) within which we focus on the work of affect and attention, inviting everything that each participant brings in – one’s presence, engagement and embodied knowledge, as well as a collective curatorial practice (Doing things – performative evening), unfolding in the collaboration with/thanks to the support of: Jonah Leslie, White Wall Studio, Miri Chekhanovich, Burdock Jenkins-Crumb, Karen Fennell, Lune très belle, Renae Shadler, Nicholas Bellefleur, Coop Café Les Renards, Luke Shirock, Xavier Neszvecsko and Laïla Breger.

It was possible thanks to the support of PROMOS grant funding my visit at SenseLab (Montreal) as well as financial support of Adam Mickiewicz Institute.