Still Standing – performance screening and conversation

We invite you to the next instalment of our long-term project “Still Standing” – this time in the form of a screening of a full-length performance recording and a conversation with its creators. Admission free.

🔵 Since 2020, the performative action “Still Standing” has taken place every year between September and October, i.e. around the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, in the former concentration camp Plaszow in Krakow. This regularity and repetition is one element of building an inclusive strategy to commemorate this place.
🔴 “Still Standing” poses the question of how memory can be cultivated in places with a difficult legacy and how ephemeral forms can be used as commemorative strategies. In a place that is characterised by a difficult history and is public at the same time, “Still Standing” invites viewers and passers-by to discuss the appropriate form of commemoration for this place.
👉 This year, due to the ongoing construction works on the KL Plaszow site, which prevent activities in this space, we invite you to a meeting about “Still Standing”, where the premiere of the full-length recording of the performance will take place and we will talk to two members of the project – Weronika Pelczyńska (choreographer and performer) and Magdalena Rubenfeld (co-director of FestivALT, producer of the “Still Standing” project).
🗣 The conversation will be conducted by Izabela Zawadzka – theatre expert and cultural manager, PhD student at the Department of Theatre at the Jagiellonian University, researcher of theatre and performing arts.
About the performance:
🟦 Still Standing is a performative activity in which the body is treated as a carrier of memory and as a living sculpture created in relation to a place.
🟥 This action enters into a dialogue with a historical arrangement by the Israeli choreographer Noa Eshkol, which she prepared for the celebrations of the 10th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and performed in 1953 in the Kibbutz Lohamei Hageta’ot (Ghetto Fighters) in Israel. Using movement, choreography and history, Still Standing poses the question of care as a possible attitude towards what remains of history – a care that points us not only to the past, but also to the present and the future. Through the physical, moving bodies of the performers, the activity also raises questions about how such ephemeral forms can be used as strategies of commemoration, especially in places associated with difficult memories. What can movement bring out of a particular space and its history? By placing bodies in a particular space – with all its layers – Still Standing experiments with creating images that the viewer can interpret.
CONCEPT: Weronika Pelczyńska, Aleksandra Janus
PERFORMANCE: Weronika Pelczyńska, Monika Szpunar
VOICE-OVER: Asher O’Gorman, Weronika Nockowska
MUSIC: Klaus Janek
PHOTOGRAPHY: Mateusz Miszczyński, Paweł Liber
EDITING: Paweł Liber
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The event is organized as part of the project: "MultiMemo. Multidirectional Memory: Remembering for Social Justice" implemented with the support of the European Union through the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values (CERV) Program (2021–2027).