Iwona Olszowska, Paweł Konior, "Eve and Him"

The cooperation between Paweł Konior and Iwona Olszowska as a duo was initiated thanks to Adam Kamiński’s initiative. He invited them both to participate in the Laboratorium Ruchu (Laboratory of Movement) event in Wrocław in 2014. It was then that the first open improvisation accompanied by Marcin Janus’ live music, presented on the stage of CIA (Centrum Inicjatyw Artystycznych) in Wrocław, was created. With time, the project evolved. The successive duos always referred to the relationship between two people, yet each time, it was a different kind of personality in different circumstances and constellations. First, there was Adam i Elf (Adam and the Elf), followed by Pablo & Iv and Ewa i On (Eve and Him).

Eve and Him is a performance of one of a series of structured improvisation duos in contemporary dance. The script forms the thematic structure, while the dancers create as they go, improvising choreographies in real time – the so-called constant composition. Eve and Him is an impression referring to Adam and Eve.

concept and score: Iwona Olszowska, Paweł Konior
dance improvisation: Paweł Konior, Iwona Olszowska
music: Marcin Janus
production: Iwona Olszowska, Paweł Konior, Marcin Janus
premiere: 17 June 2017, Dom Rzemiosł, Cracow
duration: 45 minutes

Iwona Olszowska – dancer, choreographer, contemporary dance teacher. She has a Somatic Movement Educator certificate based on the Body-Mind Centering® approach. She created her own dance style, called the “spiral flow dynamic”. Co-founder and artistic director of the EST Experimental Dance Studio (1989). She has worked with Pracownia Fizyczna, Polish Dance Theatre, Renata Piotrowska, Marta Pietruszka, Magda Przybysz, Jacek Owczarek, Anna Haracz, Natalia Iwaniec, and internationally with Liz Lerman, Risa Jaroslow, Maida Withers, Pierre Deloche, and Michael Schumacher. A holder of a scholarships from the Batory Foundation and the ArtsLink programme in New York.

Paweł Konior – performer, dancer, and dance instructor. He studied at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance and perfected his dancing skills and technique in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Poland with choreographers such as Pedro Goucha, Einat Tuchman, Mor Shani, Rita Vilhena, T.r.a.s.h Company, Ugo Dehaes, Tomasz Wygoda, and Iwona Olszowska. As a performer, Paweł is interested in discovering new areas in dance and an innovative approach to old forms of movement. He perceives dance as a study of human soul. The movement to which he feels drawn is organic, based on emotions, it deepens the sense and awareness of the body.