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Ghost Trees

Live Performance


*Realized during a residency at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art with the support of the Mondriaan Fund and the City of Warsaw.


The starting point for Ghost Trees was Stańczyk (a jester) from a famous painting by Jan Matejko. Stańczyk foreshadows a fatal decline with an abundance of time of, and perhaps even a time of clowning about. The encounter with history, as told by museum curators, artworks, fine literature, theatre, opera, and finally crafts as well as folk tales, immediately freed a network of meanings and intuitions, which Preis freely followed. During this journey, nature constituted a great attractive force, especially the Białowieża Primeval Forest, which at the time has recently been subjected to oppressions, undermining its existence.


The live performance included a choreography set on a black theatre space, incorporating movement, light, video as well as five improvised performances performed by invited artists. It was an open interpretation of the subject of (the presence of) Ghosts expressed in various media and in the individual stylistics of artists from Poland. 

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