Wojciech Grudziński, "POPULUXE"

Derived from the combination of luxury and popular, “Populuxe” was a new consumer and cultural aesthetic popular in the 1950s in the United States. Populuxe works in lines, forms, textures and colors to give to us beauty, charm and elegance in conveniences, comforts and necessities. Populuxe balances between the individual and the social, between Googie architecture and the historical figure of Sergei Diaghilev, between the unequal distribution of wealth and ecology, to create a synthetic choreographic genre based on the concept of luxury movement. Populuxe exists in the spirit of the thoroughly vulgar joy of being able to live so well.

choreography, concept: Wojciech Grudziński
dramaturgy: Joanna Ostrowska
performance: Wojciech Grudziński, Ilona Gumowska
music: Wojtek Blecharz
costume: Clovis Nix
light design: Aleksandr Prowaliński
video: Maciej Bychowski
artistic coaching: Peter Pleyer
production: Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk within the framework of the Solo Project
premiere: 12 May 2018, Słodownia Studio +3, Old Brewery, Poznań
duration: 45 minutes

The performance was created within the framework of the Art Stations Foundation’s residency program SOLO PROJECT PLUS 2018.

Wojciech Grudziński – a dancer and choreographer. He graduated from the Roman Turczynowicz Ballet School in Warsaw and the faculty of contemporary dance at the CODARTS – Rotterdam Dance Academy in Holland. He was awarded scholarships from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (2017) and such Dutch programs as Schuurman Schimmel – van Outeren Stichting (2012/2013) and Stichting Bekker – La Bastide – Fonds (2013). In 2018, he won the competition for study visit in Movement Research at Judson Church in New York, organised in cooperation with GPS/Global Practice Sharing Program, Art Stations Foundation and the Institute of Music and Dance.

Art Station Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk print