magdalena stawman-tuka

Portfolio

Location: London
Website: https://tuka.link/
Bio:

My practice is rooted in Jerzy Grotowski's notion of Art as vehicle. I began my career working for ten years full time as an performer in the Warsaw-based Studium Teatralne company of Piotr Borowski, a long-term associate of Grotowski during his late Pontedera phase. For me, the essence of this formative work was in its physical training. A rigorous investigation into the relationship between the body and space, between precision, improvisation and intuition; the aim, a creative onstage existence, a continual search, on a moment by moment basis, for what and where the performer's attention is.

In a break from this tradition, I undertook what became a series of collaborations over several years as a performer with Bojan Jablanovec's Via Negativa theatre company in Ljubljana. In my opinion, the importance of the VN approach is its focus on communicating to the audience via an "essential" creative message devised from the personal experience of the performers.

On these foundations, I began initiating projects. In 2012, with an intuitive trust in the creativity of opposites, I incorporated the organisation Ja Ja Ja Ne Ne Ne and devised a succession of shows with dancer Anita Wach, in collaboration with sound designer Opaean.

My process of creative thinking often starts from the vision of a character who represents a complex of ideas, problems, irresolvable circumstances.

I am interested in exploring situations where the body is thrown into heightened modes of operation determined by self-imposed conditions. Treated rather instrumentally. In service of ideas, meanings. Often naked, exposed, trapped in uncomfortable circumstances, but not humiliated.
Recently I am searching for ideas and practice between visual arts performance and theatre. Often working with images/videos/space.

And no religionism.

Work has been variously supported through a succession of grants, scholarships, residencies, co-productions and festival selections, presented in theatre, gallery, cinema, church, and online; in Poland, UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, USA and Germany.

Exhibitions:

2019
Jun 13-14 Deus ex Running Machina , Warsaw Warsaw's Dance Night organized by Centrum Sztuki Tańca
Jun 12 Deus ex Running Machina Lub/Lab, Warsaw
May 27 The Ninth venue tbc., Nuremberg co-production with Via Negativa in 21st international figuren.theater.festival
May 6-12 Deus ex Running Machina, Vanitas, and NBA hARTslane,London part of Unseen and Unspoken season
Mar 27 Deus ex Running Machina VFD, London Live Art Club
Mar 10-17 Deus ex Running Machina United Cowboys' Art House, Eindhoven Seasonings festival
2018
Dec 14 Endangered Species Chisenhale Dance Space, London Event combining How the Hare is Dying with works by Dagmara Bilon and Alexandra Baybutt
Dec 6-8 Deus ex Running Machina Studium Teatralne, Warsaw
Nov 17,18 Studio@
1923.webcam +MSUM | Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana
Nov 7 The Ninth Euro-Scene Leipzig co-production with Via Negativa
Oct 11 The Ninth Stara Electralna, Ljubjana co-production with Via Negativa
Oct 6 Deus ex Running Machina Z-arts, Manchester Emergency Festival
Sep 29 The Ninth Sarajevo War Theatre, SARTR co-production with Via Negativa in Mess Festival
Jun 17 How The Hare Is Dying | Body Art Ziemia, Gdańsk
Jun 13, 14 1923.webcam/ work-in-progress Teatr Korez, Katowice 24th A PART International Performing Arts Festival
May 6 How the Hare is Dying hARTslane, London Endangered Species w/ Dagmara Bilon
May 4 The Improvisation Club hARTslane, London
Apr 6-27 The Improvisation Club Lewisham Arthouse, London Friday evenings led by Tuka
Mar 30, 31 How the Hare is Dying Art House, Eindhoven United Cowboys' Seasoning
Feb 24 How the Hare is Dying Rich Mix, London Steakhouse Live
2017
Dec 15, 16 1923.webcam/ work-in-progress Studium Teatralne, Warsaw
Dec 9 How the Hare is Dying | Private Inventory Centrum Kultury, Lublin MAAT Festival
Nov 24 How the Hare is Dying | Private Inventory La MaMa ETC., New York Perforations Festival
Nov 18 The Ninth Kosztolányi Dezső Theatre, Subotica co-production with Via Negativa in Desire Festival
Oct 30 How the Hare is Dying | Private Inventory Dom Kultury Kadr, Warsaw Centrum Sztuki Tańca
Sep 30 How the Hare is Dying Z-arts, Manchester Emergency 2017
Sep 28, 29 The Ninth FFT Düsseldorf co-production with Via Negativa
Aug 25 How the Hares are Dying | Private Inventory MSUM, Ljubljana
Jun 5 How the Hares are Dying | Private Inventory Teatr Korez, Katowice 23rd A Part International Performing Arts Festival
May 15, 16 The Ninth Stara Elektralna, Ljubljana co-production with Via Negativa
Apr 2 The Ninth Teatr Rozbark, Bytom co-production with Via Negativa for Polish Dance Platform
Mar 25, 26 How the Hares are Dying | Private Inventory Studium Teatralne, Warsaw
Feb 13 Girl descending a staircase, nr 1 Studium Teatralne, Warsaw
Jan 28, 29 The Ninth Stara Elektralna, Ljubljana co-production with Via Negativa
2016
Dec 8, 9 How the Hares are Dying | Private Inventory Studio Teatralne, Warsaw as part of 'Teatr Otwarty' (Open Theatre) financed by the City of Warsaw.
Nov 27 The Ninth Toynbee Studios, London co-production with Via Negativa shown within SACRED:Homelands Festival
Oct 23, 24 The Ninth Stara Elektarlna, Ljubljana co-production with Via Negativa
Oct 8 The Ninth Teatr Nowy, Warsaw co-production with Via Negativa shown within 15th Ciało/Umysł (Body/Mind) International Festival of Contemporary Dance
Aug 26 How the Hares are Dying | Private Inventory LUB/LAB, Warsaw work-in-progress shown within Czarna Offca (Black Sheep) Festival
Jul 15-17 How the Hares are Dying | Private Inventory Lewisham Art House, London work-in-progress
Jun 15 The Ninth Kinoteatr Rialto, Katowice première of co-production with Via Negativa at 22nd A PART International Performing Arts Festival
May 18-22 How the Hares are Dying Autonomni Kulturni Centar Medika, Zagreb creation residency at 19th FAKI Festival of Alternative Theatrical Expression
2015
Dec 13 Madeleine Cricoteka, Kraków MAAT Festival 'Kantor NOW!' touring
Dec 6 Madeleine Centrum Kultury, Lublin Magda Tuka solo for MAAT Festival 'Kantor NOW!
Aug 30 Fight, Fight
-That's All We Can Do Teatr Akt, Warsaw Czarna Offca/Black Sheep Festival
Jul 15 Fight, Fight
-That's All We Can Do Z-arts, Manchester Flare Festival
Jun 15 Tribute to Ryszard Cieślak Ravensbourne Studio, London live stream video
May 17-29 Webcam Girls of
The Apocalypse Ravensbourne Studio, London research & development
Feb 28 Fight, Fight
-That's All We Can Do Ponec Theatre, Prague Performing V4 - Biennial of VARP-PA Residents
2014
Aug 9 Webcam Girls of
The Apocalypse USB, London & Nowy Swiat, Warsaw online work-in-progress
Jul/Aug Webcam Girls of
The Apocalypse Universal Serial Bus, London R&D residency
Jun 16-25 Webcam Girls of
The Apocalypse Teatr Baza, Warsaw R&D residency
Jun 11 Fight, Fight
-That's All We Can Do Kinoteatr Rialto, Katowice 20th A PART International Performing Arts Festival
May 21 Fight, Fight
-That's All We Can Do S2, Stanica Žilina-Záriečie, Žilina
May 20 Fight, Fight
-That's All We Can Do CNK Záhrada, Banská Bystrica
May 17-18 Fight, Fight
-That's All We Can Do Divadlo na cucky, Olomouc Workshop at 18th Flora International Festival of Theatre
May 16 Fight, Fight
-That's All We Can Do Divadlo Konvikt (K3), Olomouc 18th Flora International Festival of Theatre
May 11 Fight, Fight
-That's All We Can Do Centrum Inicjatyw Artystycznych, Wrocław 10th Mandala Performance Festival
Apr 24 Fight, Fight
-That's All We Can Do Colston's Upper School, Bristol
Mar 17 - Apr 6 Webcam Girls of
The Apocalypse Alfred ve dvoře theatre, Prague Visegrad Fund/Motus R&D residency as 'Scenes of Vice, Horror, & Ecstasy'
Jan 25 Webcam Girls of
The Apocalypse Københavns Musikteater, Copenhagen work-in-progress as 'Scenes of Vice, Horror, & Ecstasy' supporting Two-Women-Machine-Show
Jan 9 Fight, Fight
-That's All We Can Do Komuna // Warszawa, Warsaw
2013
Dec 15 MUTE Centrum Kultury, Lublin made in residency w/ Teatr Maat Projekt
Sep 22 gloria! Teatr Studio, Warsaw 12th Ciało/Umysł International Festival of Contemporary Dance
Sep 21 gloria! Żak, Gdansk
Aug 11 Fight, Fight
-That's All We Can Do Crkva sv.Dominika, Zadar 17th Zadar Snova International Festival of Contemporary Theatre
Jun 8-13 Fight, Fight
-That's All We Can Do S2, Stanica Žilina-Záriečie Visegrad Fund creation residency w/ Première
Apr 27 Alive Alive-O! Impart, Wrocław 9th Mandala Performance Festival
Apr 7-22 Fight, Fight
-That's All We Can Do Stanica Žilina-Záriečie Visegrad Fund creation residency as 'Death of a Female Wrestler' w/ 2-day workshop
2012
Nov 21 Alive Alive-O! Studium Teatralne, Warsaw last preview as 'Cold Feet'
Aug 31 - Sep 1 Alive Alive-O! No Format Gallery, London Previews as 'Cold Feet' in The Living Arts Event
Jun 8 Alive Alive-O! Studium Teatralne, Warsaw 1st preview as 'Cold Feet'