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

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 & Arti Grabowski. We give them the moniker of the Polish Power Players (PPP) as homage to the title of Dariusz Fodczuk’s on-going performance series entitled Tiny Therapeutic Theatre (TTT).

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’t be fooled. The titles are full of contradictions. TTT is not tiny or therapeutic in a traditional sense. And it’s not ‘theatre’ – at all. It’s large, loud, and attempts to, metaphorically, explode the theatre. Performance art as therapy… perhaps. Performance art as self-aware, embracing, and helpful… 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.

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