Pracownia Fizyczna


photo Marta Ankiersztejn

photo Katarzyna Chmura-Cegiełkowska

Pracownia Fizyczna is a group founded by Jacek Owczarek in 2009. It is based at the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź. In 2011, Pracownia was invited to perform ‘Happenings’ at the Museums Quartier in Vienna, with the participation of guest dancers from Austria and Hungary and an international cast of improvising musicians.


Sic! International Dance Improvisation Festival
2012, Warsaw
‘You Come, We’ll Show You What to Do: On Dance Improvisation’ – exhibition at Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź
2013, Łódź
Treffpunkt, Lander Festival Polen
2013, Stuttgart
Museums Quartier
2011, Vienna
Tanz Moderne Tanz, Internationales Festival für Zeitgenössischen Tanz
2015, Chemnitz



Pracownia Fizyczna and SzaZa


  • Jacek Owczarek Concept, direction and running of the show
  • Paweł Szamburski Live music
  • Patryk Zakrocki Live music
  • Iwona Olszowska Dancer
  • Dawid Lorenc Dancer
  • Paweł Grala Dancer
  • Krzysztof Skolimowski Dancer
  • Ilona Gumowska Dancer

Performance synopsis

‘Happenings’, by Pracownia Fizyczna and the band SzaZa, is filled with dancing on the edge of risk. The score of the events was inspired by process work and contact improvisation. It is based on working with sensual channels and changes of reference points such as movement, voice, partner. The nature of the performance, which has received consistently vivacious responses from audiences for over a decade, reflects the term ‘playfulness’ as introduced by theatre anthropologist Victor W. Turner.

Duration50" Crew *10 Artists8
Premiere 2011-01-24, Łódź

* cast plus technical support

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