Sleepwalkers: Open Session

Title: "Sleepwalkers: Open Session" / "Lunatycy: Sesja Otwarta"

Creators: Klaudiusz Ślusarczyk & Helena Ros (Poland)

Cast: Tomasz Bazan, Dana Chmielewska, Edyta Jarząb, Łukasz Przytarski, TO-EN and workshops participants


Date: 24.08.2019 / Saturday /

Time: 5 pm

Place: Room C_101 in Art Inkubator in Fabryka Sztuki in Lodz

Tickets: admission is free, prior reservation of seats is required

Duration: 120 minutes (no intermissions)

Viewers' age: 15 +



Project "Lunatyczka" (female sleepwalker) was initiated by Helena Ros and Klaudiusz Ślusarczyk to be a place of exploration of dramatized passiveness and responsiveness. Balancing on the border of theatre and dance, the work analyses contemporary "asleep" body, thus revealing the issues of its shaping and deforming. In autumn 2018, first presentation of the work in a form of a play took place in Warsaw. This time we open up the structure of "Lunatyczka" and look for volunteers who, together with the group of artists, would like to take part in the improvisation session that will explore the subject of various forms of subjectivity. In the investigation process we want to reference a sleepwalking body, with all its metaphorical potential of the phenomenon. Together, within a performative space, we want to ponder constant self-expression which fills our being and becomes one of the ways to keep up the condition of non-nothingness. The session is for artists, performers, dancers and actors and takes form of a 3-hour long artistic inter-action. Project "Lunatyczka" develops due to the cooperation with performative artists and investigation sessions. In 2018 two such sessions occurred – night-long vigil inspired by the work of Jacek Zmysłowski "Oczy Skóry", and "Pochwała nudy" held in a room at The Laboratory / Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw. Activities which started in this way will be further explored in the project with a possible participation of people interested in it.


Helena Ros - In 2008 she graduated with honours from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Faculty of Graphic Design. She displayed her works, which combine photography and choreography, in Poland, Japan and France. She is a co-author of the idea, dramaturgy and texts for the projects which are on the borders of performance and theatre ("Performance Project 10012004: Elizabeth" and "Performance Project 09102009: Pan"); she performed them in Poland and Japan. A PhD student in the faculty of psychoanalysis research at Sorbonne - Paris Diderot University where she writes dissertation on the boundaries of beauty. 

Klaudiusz Ślusarczyk - A director, playwright and visual artists. He graduated from the Faculty of Performative Arts at the Monash University in Australia with a degree in directing. Creator and founder of the artistic collective Couscouskuskus ( He is a lecturer in the Faculty of New Media Arts at the PJAIT in Warsaw. He references diverse research disciplines which deal with issues with memory. He studies phenomena of "memory errors" for which he later creates a movement, text, sourced image and sound. Centre of his interests takes widely-understood issues of alienation and affiliation. His last research led him to the analysis of ideas connected with shaping human subjectivity. Many theatrical projects and photography exhibitions were based on his research and presented in Australia, Europe and Japan. Klaudiusz Ślusarczyk currently lives and works in Warsaw. His main works are: "Lunatyczka" (performance, 2018), "How go" (photography exhibition at Biennale du Stonefield, France 2016), "A Sleeper Wakes" (novella, 2016), "Tahiti is Approaching" (photography exhibition, Warszawa 2014), "J & H" (play, 2012), "Performance Project 09102009: Pan" (play, 2010), "DJ: 4 Love Acts" (play, 2009), "Performance Project 10012004: Elizabeth" (play, 2004).