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Karolina Miernik
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Florentina Holzinger & Marija Malenica featuring Joanna Zabielska

Inside the Octagon

A Transformatory Fighting Workshop

In this class we will recruit warriors, assuming that this will result in better artistry.

We use the preparation a fighter undergoes to prepare for our artistic work. We start from a place of physical challenge, taking inspiration from martial arts and boxing training. We will work on condition, on pads, with partners, and prepare ourselves for some sparring, the pas de deux of the ring.

Even though we want to spend time on obtaining actual fighting technique, our focus will be the act of pursuing it, of undergoing a training together and appropriating it for our practice.

How can we use the preparation for the ring as a preparation to make dance or art? What if the preparation of the fighter is an artistic process? We want to explore the exchangability of physical disciplines as a tool for dancers, makers and creative people. In that spirit we also investigate the performativity of the collaboration happening between trainer and trainee, coach and student, personal trainer and client.

"Fear is the greatest obstacle for learning in any area, but in particular in boxing. For example, boxing you learn through repetition. You do it over and over and suddenly you’ve got it… however in the course of trying to learn, if you get hit and you get hurt, that makes you cautious, and when you’re cautious you can't repeat it and when you can’t repeat it, it’s going to delay the learning process…" – Cus D’Amato, trainer of Mike Tyson

In this Workshop we will transform our body into a weapon to serve our dreams.

For this year's intensive edition of the workshop Florentina invited the designer Joanna Zabielska, to oversee the construction of a boxing ring for the participants. 

Joanna Zabielska – born in Warsaw, based in Vienna, graduated from urban planning at TU Wien and social design at the Angewandte Wien (Academy for Applied Arts, Vienna). Joanna works on the intersection of art, design and architecture and approaches the social and spatial issues of the city transformation. She develops site-specific projects with local communities with the use of different media and works as freelancer in the field of exhibitions design for various offices and museums.

ArtistBio: Florentina Holzinger
ArtistBio: Marija Malenica
Workshopoverview 2019
Intensive1: 20. Jul + 21. Jul 2019


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