Dariusz Fodczuk

b. 1966, Poland

Dariusz Fodczuk is one of Poland’s most recognized performance artists. He has presented his works in over 200 festivals and solo exhibitions in Europe, Israel, Thailand, Singapore, Canada and USA. Apart from performance work he also works in painting, sculpture and video art. He was a co-organizer of the Interakcje International Art Festival in Piotrków Trybunalski, as well as the organizer of the Bielsko edition of Interakcje, and the curator of the performance section of Global Communication International Festival at the Elektrownia Culture Center, in Radom 2009. He is the originator of the Bielsko Festival of Visual Arts in Bielsko. Fodczuk works at the Studio of Performance and Audiovisual Art at the Art Academy in Szczecin, Poland.

International Visiting Artists: Poland (2009)

FADO Performance Art Centre is pleased to present new solo live works from two of Poland’s most exciting, engaging and surprising performance artists, Dariusz Fodczuk and Arti Grabowski. We give them the moniker of the Polish Power Players as homage to the title of Dariusz Fodczuk‚Äôs on-going performance series entitled¬†Tiny Therapeutic Theatre.

Polish Power Players¬†and¬†Tiny Therapeutic Theatre. Seems straightforward enough. As you read this you imagine yourself understanding what you might see at this event. Don‚Äôt be fooled. The titles are full of contradictions.¬†Tiny Therapeutic Theatre¬†is not tiny or therapeutic in a traditional sense. And it‚Äôs not ‘theatre’ at all. It‚Äôs large, loud, and attempts to‚ÄĒmetaphorically‚ÄĒexplode the theatre. Performance art as therapy… perhaps. Performance art as self-aware, embracing, and helpful‚Ķ absolutely. The works presented by these two artists are gentle and abrasive, funny and disturbing, and combine rigorous action with engaged audience interaction. Come prepared for a whole new kind of theatre.

© Dariusz Fodczuk, Tiny Therapeutic Theatre, 2009. Photo Miklos Legrady.

Performance Yellow

This fragrance opens us to the question, has the show started? It's winter, the theatre is colder than the street and the room is filled with people and all their winter smells: wet faux leather, down, too much shampoo, and beer breath. The atmosphere is a trickster. Am I late, am I early?

Top Notes

yellow mandarin, mimosa

Middle Notes

honey, chamomile, salt

Base Notes

narcissus, guaiac wood, piss, beer