Katarzyna Chmielewska

Paris, Warsaw 2005


Pole-Land - the first work of Angels of Stealth - is an allegory of the human and urban body.  A story of Warsaw individualised and played out as the juxtaposition of the symbolic and the personal. 
The work bridged between two spaces – theatre and club. The audiences committed to and entered the spaces separately, choosing a different version and atmosphere of the same piece - the theatre, a large formal space with raked seating; the club a smaller space with soft seats and a bar where guests could consume alcohol.
The performance bridged between the two spaces.  Action from the theatre side was carried real-time from overhead cameras to monitors in the club, and action in the club projected real-time from four viewpoints to a large screen on the virtual building façade in the theatre.
In the 45-minute solo work, the action on theatre side was pre-recorded and Chmielewska played out in symbolic time.  In the club she controlled time as a self-edited film, through interactive triggers. Her three suitors, Tom, Elvis and Otis could be turned on and off at her whim, or she could ignore them all and take a drink at the bar.
Conception/direction: Rodney Place
Performance: Katarzna Chmielewska
Knights d’Amour – Nuit d’Armure composition: Patryk Zakrocki
Songs and Voice: Anna Maria Karczmarska
Technical director and editor: Borys Pugacz-Murszkiewicz
Interactive programming and sound design: Pawel Janicki
Costume: Marta Rowinska

Pole-Land was performed at La Ferme du Buisson (Paris) and CCA Zamek Ujazdowski (Warsaw) in September/October 2005, co-production: ARTE Temps d’Images Festival
It has been shown as video excerpts at movie-in-the-making @hotel europejski, Hotel Europejski, Warsaw (2007): and at KIBLA, Maribor, Slovenia (2008)