Sylwia Hanff

About the artist

SYLWIA HANFF – a pioneer and the most recognizable butoh dancers in Poland. She has an M.A. in philosophy, with a theoretical background in Theatre Anthropology. Sylwia is a choreographer, director, dance therapist, yoga teacher and cultural manager. She has also studied Western and Eastern, contemporary and ancient techniques of body control. The practice of meditation is a crucial element of her training. She was an actress in the Warsaw Mime Theatre, and worked with the National Theatre and National Opera. She is a curator of projects in the field of artistic and cultural education (Mazovian Award 2021 for I don’t know who Grotowski was. Laboratory of Active Culture project) as well as socio-cultural projects, initiator and Artistic Director of Butohpolis. International Butoh Art Festival. On stage for 27 years, so far she has performed in over 40 institutional and independent theater performances. Since 2002, she has been running the Limen Butoh Theater, where she has created over 25 solo and group performances as well as many etudes and improvisations. She were described in the book by J. Majewskiej „The Body Revolving Stage. New Dance in New Poland” ( Theatre Institute, 2011) and in the book by Magdalena Zamorska published in English, entitled Intense Bodily Presence: Practices of Polish Butō by Peter Lang GmbH, 2018. She was scholarship holder of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. For 20 years she has been running body and movement workshops. For 20 years, she has been cooperating internationally, organizing artistic events – presentations of performances and workshops by guests from abroad and inviting foreign artists to participate in her projects.

ALEXANDRE YTERCE (based in France) is a total artist – musician, painter, photographer,
poet, actor, filmmaker. He is an independent composer who does not consider music as a territory isolated from reality, but one of the fundamental means of renewing the consciousness increasingly domesticated by a world that commits suicide in dehumanization. He composes regularly at the Accès Digital studio in Rouen. He frequently gives scenic actions and stagings of poetic texts in various theaters accompanied by instrumental creations and concrete music that he calls “Dramaphonies”. He gives concerts performing his own compositions on the acusmonium, as well as works included in the world repertoire of musique concrète/acusmatic and electronic sound poetry.

Wars. Holy Blood of the Dreamers
new butoh /body art/ritual performance
Sylwia Hanff (butoh) & Alexandre Yterce (music)
Costium: Sylwia Hanff, Małgorzata Chrust

I walked on the edge of the Abyss. Through destruction, I reached the belly and heart of the world and life. [Sylwia Hanff]
Wars [Op. 14] by Alexandre Yterce
Shed your blood, dressed in your blood
Go, wander, go, deliver yourself up to the depths,
Watch the unknown of your face become
The dizzy sky,
Remove the spell of sacrificed existence
Leave the fatal destiny of laws
steeped in murder.
What is the fate of the one who disobeys
the dementia of the powers
who have only a frenzy for killing ?
Who are you thinking of disobeying
When your body separates from the desert of fear
Where the world is being buried ?

Additional information

Country of origin: Poland