Małgorzata Haduch, Paulina Owczarek, "KIO in Motion"

KIO in Motion is a joint project of improvising dancers and musicians from the Krakow Improvisers Orchestra. Two artists from Cracow – – Małgorzata Haduch – choreographer and dancer, and Paulina Owczarek – saxophonist and founder of Krakow Improvisers Orchestra (KIO), spontaneously create sound and movement with the use of the system of the so called conducted improvisation. The fusion of KIO and the group of international dancers who cooperate with Małgorzata Haduch, enabled the non-verbal language of KIO to be complemented and broadened by new gestures and signs, that allow the conductor to direct not only the musicians, but also the dancers.

Both conductors – Haduch and Owczarek – compose and direct music and choreography, the artists engaged, however, remain autonomous and unrestrained in actions; they have the space to interpret bodily signs, as well as the vocal and instrumental sounds according to their creativity and experience.

KIO in Motion confronts musicians and dancers with new phenomena and the unknown and invites them to ask questions about the process of creation and its transparency.

concept, conductor: Małgorzata Haduch, Paulina Owczarek
performance: Małgorzata Haduch, Katarzyna Firlej, Aniela Pramik, Jan Lorys, Maria Mavridou, Aya Toraiwa
music: Krakow Improvisers Orchestra (KIO) – Paulina Owczarek (conducting, alto saxophone), Wiktor Krzak (bassoon), Ernest Ogórek (double bass), Adam Nyk (voice), Tomek Chołoniewski (drums), Marcin Bożek (French horn), Brianne Curran (violin), Sebastian Mac (electric guitar), Malwina Kołodziejczyk (tenor saxophone), Aleksander Wnuk (drums)
light design: Małgorzata Haduch, Filip Marszałek
sound: Rafał Drewniany
costumes: Unfinished Company
production: Aliaksandra Shauchuk
co-production: Krakowska Jesień Jazzowa
partners: Alchemia Cultural Centre Foundation, Free The Dance Platform, ii Gallery, Supernova Scene
premiere: 15 November 2018, Manggha Museum, Cracow
duration: 50 minutes

The project was partially realised with the support of Małgorzaty Haduch’s Artistic Scholarship of the City of Cracow 2018.

Małgorzata Haduch – dancer and choreographer, influenced by and related with the Dutch free jazz scene, where, in the last decade, she was performing with e.g. Marcin Masecki, Ab Baars, Wilbert de Joode, Michael Zerang, Andy Moor, Paulina Owczarek, Ksawery Wójciński. Her main works are: Whisper in my Eye, Zona Segura. Since 2012 she carries out projects aimed at researching improvisation in the field of music and dance, such as: Free The Dance and Filmowe Wtorki o Improwizacji (Film Tuesdays on Improvisation). In 2013 she founded Help Me To Crash collective with Arvind Ganga, Onno Govaert and Maria Mavridou. Haduch gives workshops in Flying Low technique, dance composition and improvisation.

Paulina Owczarek – saxophonist; in her work, she focuses mainly on free improvisation and contemporary chamber music. She is the founder of Krakow Improvisers Orchestra; she plays in the orchestra and functions as its conductor. She is also a member of the following sax bands: samBar and classic music quartet Saksofonarium and music projects: the Institute of Intuition and Human.Error. She cooperated with London Improvisers Orchestra, National Stary Theatre and Cracow Opera.

Krakow Improvisers Orchestra (KIO) – is a group that creates an improvised performance (free & conducted improvisation). It’s the use of non-verbal language based on a system of gestures and signals by means of which the conductor directs the actions of musicians and dancers. The prearranged signs refer to, for example, to volume or pace, giving the conductor some control over the structure of the composition, while simultaneously not depriving artists of their autonomy. KIO in Motion is a project that combines music and dance.