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Magdalena Chowaniec (AT/PL)

Magdalena Chowaniec (1983, Poland, lives and works in Austria) uses choreography, performance, theatre and music, to explore notions of transformation and resistance. Her interests focus on the activist and emancipatory potential of the performing arts, as well as the transformative power and shared experience they offer. She studied dance and performance at the State Ballet School in Bytom (PL) and at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz (AT). She holds a MA in Dance Arts.

Chowaniec has worked with a.o. SUPERAMAS (FR/AT), Oleg Soulimenko (AT/RU), Cooperativa Performativa (RO), Mark Tompkins (FR/US), Georg Blaschke (AT), Agata Maszkiewicz (FR/PL), Mathieu Grenier (FR), Jérôme Bel (FR), Amanda Piña (AT/CL), Valerie Oberleithner (AT/FR), Marysia Zimpel (PL), Michael Laub (BE), Florentina Holzinger (AT), Alex Baczynski-Jenkins (PL/UK), Michael Portnoy (US).
Her works "Hold Your Horses" (2008), "The Mob: Fixing Freedom Tour" (2009), "Empathy Project Vol. I" (2010), "Until death do us part" (2011), "New Viennese Organic Actionism" (2011), "When I don't dance, I collect crystal balls" (2012), "Sanctuary" (2014), "What’s in the artist head" (2016), "iChoreography" (2018) were shown in various European venues. In 2009 she obtained a scholarship for performing arts from the Austrian Ministry of Culture and was mentioned as a Remarkable Emerging Choreographer in the Yearbook of Ballettanz 2010. Between 2008 and 2014 she was a lead singer of a punk band The Mob Fixing Freedom, since 2015 she raps in the duo Mermaid & Seafruit. In 2014 and 2015 she created dance performances "Attan stays with us" and "Songs of the water, tales of the sea" with juvenile refugees from Rechnitz. Both shows were shown during the ImPulsTanz Festival.

Her recent projects include: "Anti Fascist Ballet School" (Wienwoche 2016, Wiener Festwochen 2017) together with Elizabeth Ward (AT/US) – a pop up ballet school in various public locations examining emancipatory and activist potential of ballet and somatic practices, "iChoreography" together with Valerie Oberleithner (FR/AT) – a physical practice against internet addiction developed with various teenagers around Europe, #resisters – a movement bringing together female* artists and activists against the rise of the neo-fascist politics.
From 2019, Chowaniec is granted a research position at the Institute for Artistic Research in Graz.

Last update biography: 08.04.2019


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