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Get inside a close relationship on stage

Non-profit exhibition space The Island Club will continue its lively line-up with a sound and poetry performance by artist Wojciech Kosma. Named Laughing by Spalarnia, the event on Wednesday will be the international premiere of the performance.

Kosma is known for staging nuanced representations of intimate relationships that weave together dance, theatre and personal biographies. Offering simple accounts of imaginary happenings, and moving promiscuously between frames of time and metonymy, his new poetry project, Spalarnia, exposes the various philosophical qualities of what seems to be the common thread throughout – the sound.

Contemporary art magazine Frieze commented on Kosma’s line of work; “It’s not often that we get to spy on each other’s private relationships. Reading a Facebook wall is no substitute for watching a couple alone in bed. Is it even possible for intimacy to be glimpsed from the outside – or does it become something else just by virtue of being watched?”

Berlin-based Pole Kosma is a computer scientist and music composer but since 2011 he plays with live actors on stage to create a performance.

“To the naked eye, each performance looks like a pair of close friends or lovers have landed in a room without instructions and been left to their own devices. Kosma’s influence is remote, his role distilled to the creator of conditions within which action can develop – a kind of John Cassavetes without a camera,” says Frieze.

To attend, goers are advised to confirm they are going by 4 February as space is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Laughing by Spalarnia
International premiere of a sound and poetry performance by artist Wojciech Kosma. February 6. The Island Club, Limassol. 6pm. Tel: 25-252010

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