Shot of Inspiration II

In her shot of inspiration, Mira Marcinów, PhD, psychologist, philosopher and writer, will read her own text and translate it into dance. She will look for words and gestures, facts and emotions, voices and movements, that will best express the deeply personal, corporal experience of isolation and desolation during quarantine, in the unreal world of pandemic.

We have to keep our distance from other people, cover our mouth and nose, refrain from touching our faces, and greeting with a handshake. The pandemic has sharpened the contours of our bodies, it has drawn clear boundaries of our physical presence. Let's take a closer look at this curious paradox: protecting community by way of staying away from others; at our mutual concern and care for the community, without being close or meeting.

Once, Europe was hit by dance „epidemics”. People would contract convulsive moves from one another, losing control over their bodies. The coronavirus pandemic took that control away from us as well, but in a different way. We became much more aware of the presence of other bodies. While passing each other, increasing the distance, we make weird, funny, „dance” moves. Our over-the-mask glances communicate anxiety and uncertainty if we're behaving properly and if our body is not being problematic. Because of this compulsory lessons in reading our own bodies, we observe our breath almost as we do during a relaxing meditation, but also completely differently. We cower, negating the danger, and clinging to the elementary feeling of safety.

All of the above will show up on the screen as words read and emotions danced – as an euphoric affirmation of life faced with the plague, and an attempt to peacefully sort out all that we went through during the lockdown. Mira Marcinów shows how, thanks to the body and the traces imprinted on it by events and emotions, our experiences become real. Those experiences will remind us that the – or a – pandemic can lock us down once again. Cut our breath short once again. But they can just as well bring us strength necessary to face the changes.

koncepcja reżyserska: Mira Marcinów, Marcin Koszałka
tekst: Mira Marcinów
taniec: Mira Marcinów
konsultacja choreograficzna: Oliwia Zuzanna Ratyńska
operator kamery: Marcin Koszałka
asystent kamery: Marcin Mikołajczak
ostrzycielka: Aleksandra Kuznetsova
montaż: Krzysztof Komander
oświetlenie: Michał Michalski
sound design: Krzysztof Chodkiewicz

Festiwal Przemiany 2020 - szoty inspiracji
Mira Marcinów, PhD

Philosopher, doctor of psychology, author of four books, including „The History of Polish Madness” for which she was nominated for the Poznań Literary Award in 2019, and a recently published novel, „Bezmatek”. She works in the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at PAN. Co-creator and director of Psychoanalytical Thought Centre and head of the IFiS PAN

Foundation. Laureate of Prime Minister's Prize for her doctoral thesis, and a scholarship for outstanding young scientists. Finalist of „Polityka” magazine Science Awards in 2019. Director's assistant in Katarzyna Kozyra's film „Searching for Jesus”, creator of „Radio Głosy”, and artistic performances with a psychiatric tinge. For 10 years, she has lead dance and movement therapy workshops in various institutions dealing with mental health. Marcinów started learning dance when she was 5.

Projekt dofinansowano ze środków Narodowego Centrum Kultury w ramach Programu „Kultura w sieci”.