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Babel. The resonance of language (2019)

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Before you say anything. Before you articulate your thoughts with words. Before you formulate it into speech, a phrase, a chain of words. Before the “before” emerges as a “before”. Before all that, your body initiatives a quaint mode of preparedness. It causes slight vibrations in particular parts of your physical being. It activates an inner structure, located, perceptible and sensing in a similar manner as your neural, circulatory or endocrine system. I would say: “It activates the anatomical configuration of a language”. And depending what language you want to speak - the shape of this structure within your body differs.

The research project Babel. The resonance of language starts from a hypothesis that each language has different resonant points in the body, Those places get activated while speaking, thinking, listening or reading in a given language. Their activity causes different perception of one’s physical presence.I speculate that: That through each language one operates on different frequencies of communication. That different linguistic structures allows naming the reality with specific peculiarity.

I am looking for formulation of my ongoing artistic exploration of the relationship between text and movement. By developing this research project I see a potential of producing a series of tools and methods of working with text in choreographic practice. I aim to initiate the specular research connecting somatic knowledge together with cultural and biological content to reflect on:


How is the embodied knowledge of language influencing the physical relation to the socio-political environment?

What is the potential of multilingualism in terms of reality perception?

Can a set of languages provide a complex vision and understanding of the contemporaneity?


What are the possible ways of storing and working with the knowledge through the body in the context of the theory of the resonant points of language?


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BLURRYLIGUALISM - LABORATORY IN STUDIO ALTA IN PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC, 09.2020


with Florent Golfier/tYhle (FR/CZ), AINO (GER/RUS), Laura Brechmann (GER), Prof. Dr. Barbara Mertins (CZ/GER)

Our Babel laboratory deals with different layers of multilingualism. Through movement and voice-work, we will focus on our relationship to different languages, on the act of speaking and on multilingual thinking. The Lab is opening up an experimental space to meet, to discuss and to explore. We want to blurry lines and borders; we want to get in movement with all our languages and playfully ask what happens between us when we get involved in the fluctuating ambiguity of the world.

This research, initiated by Florent Golfier (tYhle) and Laura Brechmann, identifies as an exploratory, collaborative artistic research practice, aiming to contribute to cultural and social development and empowerment. For each version we are teaming up with collaborative partners from different disciplines and countries to get inspiration from.




INITIAL PERFORMANCE, GDANSK, POLAND - POLISH DANCE PLATFORM 2019


I have launched the project with the initial performance presenting the above written concept on Polish Dance Platform 2019. The showing which took place in Ethnographic Museum in Gdańsk, Poland on 8th of September was the first step exploring the very moment of learning a new language and introducing new vibrations of French language to personal body in dialogue with the audience.



Comment réalise-tu que tu connais une langue? 
How do you know that you know a language?
How do you recognise it in you?
Does it get born in your body as a new organ?

The performance Babel. The resonance of language is a choreographic experimentation on the physical features of speech. In reference to George Lakoff’s principles of embodied cognition,the author is looking for the somatic potential of language knowledge. He will try out the ways through which the body is capable of translating | traduire.

Concept and performance: Bartosz Ostrowski
Dramaturgy: Rocio Berenguer Roldan
Initial performance: 08.09.2019, ETNO, Etnographic Museum in Gdansk, National Museum in Gdansk
The presentation of the concept will take place on the Polish Dance Platoform 2019.
http://www.polskaplatformatanca.pl/pl/2019/wydarzenia-towarzyszace/bartosz-ostrowski-babel-the-resonance-of-language-

The work was created in Performing Arts Forum (PAF) in St. Erme, France, thanks to the support of residential grant from the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.


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How do you know that you know a language?
Comment réalise-tu que tu connais une langue?
Comment reconnais-tu la langue française en toi?
In which part of your body a new language gets born?

Le performance Babel. La résonance du langage est une premier du cycle les œuvres chorégraphiques de Bartosz Ostrowski sur caractéristiques physiques de la parole. En référence à cognition l’embodiment, l’artiste cherche le potentiel somatique de la connaissance du langage et sa résonance dans le corps.

Concept et performance: Bartosz Ostrowski
Dramaturgie: Rocio Berenguer Roldan
Initial performance: 08.09.2019, ETNO, Etnographic Museum in Gdansk, National Museum in Gdansk
The presentation of the concept will take place on the Polish Dance Platoform 2019.

L'œuvre a été créée en Performing Arts Forum (PAF) in St. Erme, France, grâce au soutien de la subvention résidentielle de Adam Mickiewicz Institute.




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Comment réalise-tu que tu connais une langue?
W którym momencie wiesz, że znasz dany język?
W jaki sposób rozpoznajesz go w sobie?
Czy powstaje w określonym miejscu twojego ciała?

Performance Babel. The resonance of language jest choreograficznym eksperymentowaniem na temat fizycznych cech mowy. W odniesieniu do zalozen ucielesnionej kognitywistyki George’a Lakoffa, autor eksploruje somatyczny potencjał dla znajomości jezyków obcych. Testuje w jaki sposób ciało jest w stanie samodzielnie tlumaczyc | traduire.

Koncept i performance: Bartosz Ostrowski
Dramaturgia: Rocio Berenguer Roldan
Initial performance: 08.09.2019, ETNO, Etnographic Museum in Gdansk, National Museum in Gdansk
The presentation of the concept will take place on the Polish Dance Platoform 2019.

Praca powstala w Performing Arts Forum (PAF) w St. Erme we Francji, przy wsparciu grantu rezydencyjnego z Instytutu Adama Mickiewicza.