LAGMA is an environment in which four performers move, make sounds and set objects in a white empty space. The choreography of this milieu was created through the interaction of these elements and based on numerous dance improvisations. Its foundation lays on working with voice and breathing and is divided into three acts. Each of them is characterized by a different take on the materiality of sound and the organic nature of the stage movement. The atmosphere is dark, at times dystopian and might allude to the aesthetics of a science fiction film. The vocal score is woven with screams, squeaks, clicks and growls that emphasize the atmosphere of increasing anxiety or unleashed pleasure.

The work on the performance was based on collective movement practice and observation of the emerging structures, daily rituals, and euphoric dances. An important element of the work on Lagma was the collective action – taking care of a safe, inclusive space for all bodies, objects and states that might emerge from it.

Costumes-objects were inspired by the sound and the process of the emergence of Lagma. Their forms and shapes are the result of movement improvisation, work with imagination and playing with the material. Lagma was constructed from 50 kilograms of leather jackets purchased from second-hand shops. Artists were interested in the tactile, visual and symbolic aspect of including black animal skin in the performance and the closeness and coexistence of the human body with the (dead) animal body. The presence of this object-being in the performance alludes to questions about the place of nature, animality and femininity, which intertwine in a vibrant dance.


  • Choreografia i reżyseria: Chmielewska/Czyczel/Gryka/Szypulska
  • Wykonanie: Dana Chmielewska, Alicja Czyczel, Aleksandra Gryka, Marta Szypulska
  • Muzyka: Aleksandra Gryka
  • Kostiumy: Marta Szypulska
  • Produkcja: Centrum Teatru i Tańca w Warszawie, program "StartUp – scena dla młodych 2020"
40 min