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In “Heavy Weight Holding Body”, a site-specific dance performance, Karol Tyminski cruises the city, exploring the intimate affinity between a human being and the surrounding architecture, rendering visible the latent erotism and its pulsations.

His dance is a perpetual negotiation between one’s own desires and what is welcomed in public spaces. At the risk of being exposed, he moves on the brink of culturally imposed norms in a cross-matter sexual encounter. As the dance unfolds, Tyminski not only perverts the dominant understanding of sexuality and its presence in the public sphere but also leads the audience towards the experience of the vibrancy of urban structures.

Unsuspecting passersby temporarily join the choreography, while the audience looks on as voyeurs from a distance that keeps them hidden in plain sight, listening simultaneously to the voice of Tyminski that reaches them through headphones - creating complicity, a secret alliance into a parallel state.

Karol Tyminski is a Polish choreographer and performer based in Berlin. Tyminski understands his work as “brutalist”, indicating a choreographic style that, similarly to brutalist architecture, exposes the materiality and functionality of the performing body as a thing rather than a fully realised individual. These explorations are his means for dissolving the human into the world of matter, and therefore changing one’s relation towards the surroundings.
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Choreography & Performance: Karol Tyminski

Music: Marc Lohr

Movement Research: Karol Tyminski with support of Ewa Dziarnowska, Antonia Steffens & Juan Pablo Cámara

Text: Karol Tyminski

Artistic Advice: Diego Agulló, Alice Chauchat, Sheena McGrandles, Jen Rosenblit

Costume: Nicolas Navarro Rueda

Production Management: Saskia Schoenmaker, Lianne Mol

Sound technique: ScienceCoustics

Photography: Agustín Farias

Rehearsal Assistant: Evan Loxton

Graphic Design: Rokzog

“Heavy Weight Holding Body” is supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK - STEPPING OUT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the framework of the initiative NEUSTART KULTUR. Assistance Program for Dance.

The Wiederaufnahme 2023 is supported by the  Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Gesellschaftlichen Zusammenhalt.