In “Heavy Weight Holding Body”, a site-specific dance performance, Karol Tyminski cruises the city, exploring the intimate affinity between a human being and the surrounding architecture, rendering visible the latent erotism and its pulsations. His dance is a perpetual negotiation between one’s own desires and what is welcomed in public spaces. At the risk of being exposed, he moves on the brink of culturally imposed norms in a cross-matter sexual encounter. As the dance unfolds, Tyminski not only perverts the dominant understanding of sexuality and its presence in the public sphere but also leads the audience towards the experience of the vibrancy of urban structures.
Unsuspecting passersby temporarily join the choreography, while the audience looks on as voyeurs from a distance that keeps them hidden in plain sight, listening simultaneously to the voice of Tyminski that reaches them through headphones – creating complicity, a secret alliance into a parallel state.
“Heavy Weight Holding Body” is supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK – STEPPING OUT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the framework of the initiative NEUSTART KULTUR. Assistance Program for Dance.
Karol Tyminski is a Polish choreographer and performer based in Berlin. Tyminski understands his work as “brutalist”, indicating a choreographic style that, similarly to brutalist architecture, exposes the materiality and functionality of the performing body as a thing rather than a fully realized individual. These explorations are his means for dissolving the human into the world of matter, and therefore changing one’s relation towards the surroundings.
Choreography & Performance: Karol Tyminski
Movement Research: Karol Tyminski with support of Ewa Dziarnowska, Antonia Steffens & Juan Pablo Cámara
Music: Marc Lohr
Text: Karol Tyminski
Artistic Advice: Diego Agullo, Alice Chauchat, Sheena McGrandles & Jen Rosenbilt
Costume: Nicolas Navarro Rueda
Production Management: Saskia Schoenmaker, Lianne Mol
Rehearsal assistant: Evan Loxton
Photography: Agustín Farias
Graphic Design: Rokzog