TA MARA / movie premiere
TA MARA – the latest dance film from the Polish Dance Theatre, co-produced by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
An on-line premiere of TA MARA took place on December 13th, 2020. The film is now available on Vimeo, YouTube and Facebook.
This production was inspired by the life and paintings of Tamara Lempicka. Principal photography took place in Park Mużakowski which has been listed on the UNESCO List of World Cultural and Natural Heritage since 2004. The Park is administered on the Polish side by the National Heritage Institute and on the German side by Fürst–Pückler–Park Bad Muskau Foundation.
The film consists of two, polar opposite approaches to imagery, that merge into an ambiguous yet enticing portrait of a woman. One one side, TA MARA is overwhelmed by an artistic frenzy that awakens her inner demon, on the other - she is calm, frozen in a state of perpetual waiting. These extremes, similar to the sides of Muskau Park, form one single unity. The expressed movements of female dancers from the Polish Dance Theater team reflect the elegance, precision and figurality of Łempicka's paintings.
Tamara Lempicka was an exceptional artist - her paintings modern and full of vivid colors. She found inspiration in cubism, neoclassical paintings by Boticielli and motion pictures (which became popular in the 1920's and 1930’s). Her lifestyle was as unorthodox as it was scandalous.
Lempicka died in 1980. Her ashes, according to her will, was scattered above El Popo volcano in Mexico. Tamara’s paintings are continuously sought after by collectors and pop culture icons, including Madonna, Barbra Streisand and Jack Nicolson. Her turbulent life was dramatized into numerous extremely popular theatre plays. She herself became an icon, her art recognized as timeless.
Only two of Tamaras Lempicka's paintings remain in polish public collections: “Still nature” in the Mazovian Museum in Płock and “Lassitude” in the National Museum in Warsaw.
TA MARA is the fourth choreographic film directed by Iwona Pasińska and produced by the Polish Dance Theatre.
This film could not be created without the support of the Polish Institute in Dusseldorf.
The Polish Dance Theatre would like to thank the National Institute of Cultural Heritage and the Fürst-Pückler-Park Bad Muskau Foundation, for making this project possible.
TA MARA was co-produced by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
title: TA MARA
duration time: 10 minutes
script and direction: Iwona Pasińska
direction of photography: Marek Grabowski
editing: Edyta Pietrowska
music: Andrzej Rohaczewski,” Canzona a 4”, Paweł Szymański, „Partita III /fragment/”
cast: Evelyn Blue, Agnieszka Jachym, Julia Hałka, Paulina Jaksim, Katarzyna Kulmińska, Katarzyna Rzetelska, Sandra Szatan, Emily Wong-Adryańczyk
photo by: Andrzej Grabowski