© Klaudyna Schubert


DRAMATURGY: Mateusz Szymanówka
MUSIC: Indecorum
COSTUME: Doom 3k
PRODUCTION: MAAT Festival, Scena Tańca Studio, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art
Jumpcore belongs to the collection of the Zachęta – National Gallery of Art

DURATION: 40 min

DATE: 06, October | 20:30
VENUE: Arts Printing House, Black Hall


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It is not entirely clear if Fred Herko planned to finish his intimate performance with a suicide death.

He took a bath, turned on Mozart’s Coronation Mass and began to dance naked in his friend’s living room. He approached an open window several times. When Sanctus resounded, he ran and jumped out the window of the apartment on the fifth floor of New York’s Cornelia Street.

Ballet dancers are said to believe they can fly. And indeed, suspended for a second in a jump, they do.



Paweł Sakowicz is a choreographer and dancer. Paweł creates his own choreographic performances, but often also collaborates with theatre and film directors. His main artistic interests are the history of dance and the issues of cultural appropriation in choreography.

Pawel’s works include: “Jumpcore”, (Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Aerowaves Twenty19), “Masakra” (Nowy Teatr in Warsaw), “Drama” (Body/Mind Festival), “Amando” (National Museum in Warsaw), “Imperial” (Komuna Warszawa), “Fatamorgana” (Studio Hrdinu in Prague) and a sound installation “VORTEX” (Theatre Institute in Warsaw). They have been presented in three editions of the Polish Dance Platform, at La Biennale de danse du Val-de-Marne, Muzeum Susch, Tramway Glasgow, Santarcangelo Festival, Divine Comedy Festival, NYU Skirball in New York and CAC New Orleans, among others. Paweł has worked with Nowy Teatr in Warsaw, TR Warszawa, National Stary Theatre in Krakow, Schauspiel Hannover, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Lithuanian National Drama Theatre in Vilnius, Dailes Teatris in Riga and Münchner Kammerspiele.



Slicing the space with his laser-sharp eye line, Pawel Sakowicz begins to jump. He spins, bounces to the left and back to the right. He spots, turning like a dial that constantly recalibrates to function on a shifting set of angles. Just as the suicidal Fred Herko, the inspiration for the piece, may have jumped into the next life, Sakowicz bends and flexes his way to freedom – the pumping beats giving him a boost as he prepares for flight. Fixated on a far point in the distance, his focus suggests a yearning for his soul to be released.

Beatrix Joyce, Springback


In ”Jumpcore” the choreographer explores gravity defying steps stemming from different choreographic practices and dancefloors – ranging from jumpstyle, hardjump, release to modern dance and classical ballet. The piece touches broadly on the specific state of the body and mind catalyzed by an intense continuous movement and exhaustion. as much as it is a musing on the capacity to reset.

Anka Herbut, Dwutygodnik