30.11.2023 - 6.01.2024 Events, Music, Theatre, Visual arts

Premier & UK tour of new dance performance ‘Solastalgia’

Choreographer Kasia Witek explores the wide range of emotions evoked by the climate crisis

7:30pm on 30th November at Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

5th January at The Left Bank, Leeds

6th January at Peckham Theatre, London

In addition, join Kasia Witek on the 7th of December 7-8:30pm for an online talk: ‘Climate and eco distress in the arts and every day life’

Details of the Online Talk & free registration here: https://tinyurl.com/5n8zkwna

Solastalgia is a new dance performance that responds to the climate emergency that we face today, fostering emotional resilience, hope and a sense of togetherness in both performers and audiences.

Created by Polish-born, London-based choreographer Kasia Witek, Solastalgia explores the wide range of emotions that the climate crisis evokes, questioning our perception of nature as ‘other’. It draws inspiration from the works of choreographer Deborah Hay, philosopher Timothy Morton, and environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy. 

On Solastalgia, Kasia Witek says: “In my artistic work, I look closer at how a somatic approach to movement affects our understanding of the body as nature and, in extension, its potential to reconfigure the relationship of self and other; moving from the sense of separation to experiencing the joy of coexistence”.

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The performance will be accompanied by live music by bassist James Opstad, with original music score by Alex Roth, a long-term collaborator in Witek’s previous works. 

Alongside the performances, Solastalgia presents a series of community engagement workshops for young people.

Tickets for the Wolverhampton performance are available for purchase: Solastalgia – Arena Theatre

Kasia Witek (artistic director/choreographer) is a Polish-born, UK-based dance artist and choreographer. Her work spans installation, video, theatre and outdoor performance. Human kinship with the non-human environment is a central theme in much of her work as both a maker and performer. Her deep passion for music permeates all of her projects and she often collaborates closely with composers and musicians to create multi-sensory experiences. Her works include National Polish Theatre: Tale of the snakes heart (2022) and The hearing trumpet (2021) with Agnieszka Glinska, solo performance with London Symphony Orchestra Towards Hope (2018), one wall of me (2019), You, passing (2016) to name a few. She also makes work for opera, film and theatre. Kasia is a recipient of Exit Visa Residency at The Place &  member of Chisenhale Dance Space. Her work has been funded by Arts Council England and supported by Leeds Inspired, Climate Psychology Alliance, Tara Arts Theatre, Coventry University, University of Derby, Kala Sangam Arts, Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds to name a few.

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