The New Horizons International Film Festival is not only about bold, uncompromising cinema. Graphic design that takes an innovative and unconvential approach to preparing the festival's visual identity is also a New Horizons tradition.
For three years we have been inviting artists - representatives of various fields of art with whom we prepare the key visual of a given edition. This year, we joined forces with Izabela Chlewińska, a dancer, choreographer and teacher. The performance created together - based on the subject of body and corporeality - became the basis for all graphic designs of the 19th New Horizons:
The tradition of working with artists to create the NH visual identity began two years ago. At the time, the key visual referred to Protest Cinema, the theme of the 17th New Horizons International Film Festival. The whole was based on a collage made by visual artist Kobas Laksa and workshop participants; together they created works inspired by the language of rebellion. Last year, Łukasz "Cekasem" Berger with Michał Weksler and the New Horizons team prepared the "OUT" installation. The inspiration for this year's identification is the work of Izabela Chlewińska, a dancer, choreographer and educator.
Izabela, together with a team of performers, prepared the performance "In Silence" with the use of special sensory sacks (the whole was then photographed and filmed). As Michał Weksler, the coordinator of the work on visual identification, points out, "sensory bags have become a symbol of hatching; taking a particular shape, but also going beyond the comfort zone, breaking outside. The body in this context is the border between what is internal and external."
Izabela Chlewińska received a scholarhip to attend the prestigious DanceWeb program in Austria, she was twice awarded project funding from the Scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, she worked with the Theater Dada von Bzdullow and Ramona Nagabczyńska with whom she presented shows in Beijing and Edinburgh, among others. As a choreographer and author of stage movement she has performed in the majority of theaters in Poland. For 12 years she has been teaching workshops in Japan, Germany and the United States. Her own dance performances (Ophelia is not Dead, Tralfamadoria, Dehumanized Project No. 1) were presented in Germany, Mexico, the United States, Japan and other locations.
Performance In Silence
author: Izabela Chlewińska
performers: Izabela Chlewińska, Lucyna Piwowarska-Dmytrów, Marta Bury, Karol Kadłubiec, Tomasz Sobczak
video: Artur Prymon, Jonasz Chlebowski
lighting: Tomasz Bergmann
editing: Artur Prymon