Performances of W&M Physical Theatre often mix Polish and English language in the title and content. The movement vocabulary maintains the raw approach which began in 1995, but utilizes the choreographers’ interest in both pedestrian and technical dance language. Abstract movement phrases characterized by an organic fluidity are contrasted with a rough and emotional shaping of the body. The work is structured in theatrical scenes. The visual landscape, use of multi-media and sound score are of paramount importance. The result is work that is more poetic than narrative. Social content holds a high level of importance to this duo, and the creative process allows them to comment and reflect on the world as they see it. The artistic work becomes the synthesis of what they are discovering and takes them to a new level of understanding and artistic depth.
There are no spaces between ‘W” and “M” in the Company’s title; only the ‘and’ symbol which wraps around itself. The artistic identity of the choreographers is intertwined, but not blended. These two voices, both shaped by the geography of their birth, are not only American or Canadian or Polish. They are distinct but stand together. The Company is both a Canadian and a Polish dance theatre. Not by birth, or by the place the company began, but by the voicings and shadings of the work.
W&M is committed to the development of artists, both within and outside the organization. The opportunity to experience other artists’ work both in the studio and on stage is an important part of staying connected as an artist with a larger community; both national and international. To this end, W&M offers guest artist workshops often in collaboration with other community organizations. If you are interested in hearing about workshops email firstname.lastname@example.org
Monteros and Mochniej are themselves both experienced pedagogues and full-time faculty in the Dance Department at the University of Calgary teaching technique, choreography, improvisation and dance and the camera.
“We see teaching as a natural extension of being an artist. We both love dance, love theatre, and know that a young artist will need personal strength, resilience, discipline, and honesty to have a career in dance. They need to be brave enough to explore their own voice, disciplined enough to develop the skill to shape it, and honest enough to question themselves and those around them. They need the resilience to meet the intense challenges that this career will offer. In addition to all this, they will need a broad base of very practical skills to survive. This knowledge drives our teaching.”
PROJECTS and COLLABORATORS
Hosting an international gathering for the Professional Series in January 2018, as well as creating a new group work to close that festival in February 2018, we are hard at work in rehearsal. There are big projects in the works for 2019, our heads are down shooting and editing a new dance film, and we are back to work on our book on the development of Gdansk Dance Theatre this Winter; the Company continues to be running full speed ahead.
Our continuing relationships M7 Productions in Poland, and with collaborator Steve Isom (Light Design) thrive, and our relationships with collaborators has us inspired. Other new collaborative partnerships with Omni Media, and visual artist Lukas Trzcinski are emerging and we are developing projects specifically as opportunities to work with these artists.
A lot to look forward to!