June 4, 2012 in Milan Loviška

Opening night: 3 July 2012, 9.00 PM at Centrum Zajawy The Rootz (Kantaka 4, Poznan).

Contemporary superheroes gifted with supernatural powers are just projections of our imagination. Heroes of our times are illusions created by all those whose powers are by nature limited. We dream of perfect creatures, unlimited by time and space, having seen them for decades in comic books and Hollywood box office hits. However, in today’s post-9/11 world –, at once globalized and fragmented, plunged into wars and conflicts – superhero fantasies have come back to life with more force than ever before. The new faith in supernatural heroes has become surprisingly real among contemporary people, who are disappointed and terrified by the modern world.Nonetheless, what happens when we stop admiring the fantastic, invincible saviors of humanity to ask about their shortcomings? One of the possibilities is death in the literal sense of the word. Can a superhero die? Can he simply perish? Who could wish he were dead and what are their reasons? Will a superhero’s death bring about any cultural consequences or will it remain just the physical act of passing into nothingness? What could be the reason for a superhero’s death; his sin, his defiance against the existing rules? What and who can bring about the demise of cultural fantasies and myths?

Esctopia is a performance show written and directed by Milan Loviška, in collaboration with Otto Krause, Kacper Lipiński and Jakub Królikowski under the International Artists in Residence Programme.

Idea and choreography: Milan Loviška
Written and directed by: Milan Loviška, Otto Krause
Costuems and set design: Otto Krause
Visualizations: Kacper Lipiński
Sound and music: Jakub Królikowski

Milan Loviška – a Slovak artist based in Vienna. His work concerns areas of art related to human body and movement – dance theatre, performance and multimedia art. As a choreographer and a graduate in psychology and philosophy, he strives to place his work in a profound and multidimensional context. His art expresses eternal human dilemmas, such as egoism and individual as well as social limitations. He is inspired by contemporary issues, pop culture and industrialization phenomena and their influence on human behavior. However, the focal point of his projects is always human beings with their problems and continuous confrontations with complex everyday reality.
Milan graduated from The Duncan Centre Conservatory in Prague and The School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam (SNDO). He has collaborated with Jérôme Bel, Aitana Cordero, Ester Forment, Ai Koyama, Romana Schmalisch, Lenka Tretiagová and Ondřej Lipovský. He performer at numerous festivals in the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria and Slovakia. He recived a scholarship from the DanceWeb programme affiliated with the Impulstanz Festival in Vienna. Since 2012, Milan has been a member of the Victoria deMilq art collective.

Otto Krause – an Austrian set designer and costume studies expert working in Vienna. He has collaborated with such Vienna theatres as Spielhaus, Burgtheather and Akademietheather, as well as the Zurich Opera. Otto Krause has designed set decorations and costumes for Austrian independent operas, shows and films. He is a member of the art collective Victoria deMilq.

Jakub Królikowski – a Poznan-based composer and instrumentalist, creates instrumental and electro music as well as performances blending music, dance and visual art. He is interested in performance, intermedia and multimedia art. Up to this day, he has collaborated with Paweł Althamer, Jacek Taszakowski and the Polish Dance Theatre, and actively participated in Poznan Artenalia anf Animator art Festivals.

Kacper Lipiński – a dancer, performance artist, graphic designer. He collaborated with the Polish Dance Theatre, and took part in the Old Brewery New Dance project. His work mixes visual arts with performance art and dance. His work includes transposing body movement into the cinematic medium and involves collaboration with Polish electro music performers on their alternative projects. Since 2008, he has been a member of the independent interdisciplinary art group Movements Factory.

The project has been implemented with financial support from Poznan City Hall, the International Visegrád Fund, and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovakia.