American Realness

Karol Tyminski

This is a musical


Friday, January 6, 5:30pm
Saturday, January 7, 8:30pm
Tuesday, January 10, 4:00pm

Run Time: 45 minutes

Abrons Arts Center, Underground Theater
466 Grand Street / Tickets $20

Single Tickets Festival Pass

This is a musical presents a laboring body in the production of a visceral, discordant and deeply queer electronic fantasy. Karol Tyminski’s body is the instrument for the sample. The electronic music he wields comes into being through a brutal choreography. This musical is a layered archive of the body’s desire, which Tyminski together with musician Michal Laszkiewicz build towards a trance like space of madness and pleasure.

This is a musical was supported by Open Latitudes, Instytut Sztuk Performatywnych. Tanzfabrik Berlin, and Center in Motion Choreographers Workspace. Performances of This is a musical for American Realness 2017 are supported by the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Photo by Marta Ankiersztejn


Choreography and Performance – Karol Tyminski
Music – Gradual
Lights – Jan Cybis
Text – Karol Tyminski
Video – Michal Andrysiak
Video Performance – Jeremy Wade
Voice – Malgorzata Neumann

Karol Tyminski is a Polish Berlin-based performer and choreographer. He is a co-founder of the Centre in Motion – Choreographers Workspace in Warsaw, a graduate from P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels and Warsaw Ballet School.

In his works Tyminski presents a performer as a vessel that can be filled with any idea or story. His characters oscillate between different roles, femininity, masculinity, or even beyond sexual definition. Developing his choreographic language, Tyminski differs from the formal aspects and explores the very physicality of the performer’s body, almost at tissue-level, which becomes the source for choreographic material. He aims to speak about human condition, reaching the emotional side of a performer by penetrating his physicality. These activities are often close to ritualistic experiences as was demonstrated in his earlier piece „Beep, which presented at ImPulsTanz Festival 2014 was announced „one of the most radical and exciting performances in recent years” (Helmut Ploebst for Der Standard).

In 2015 Tyminski started to collaborate with Icelandic Dance Company creating Liminal which became part of the company’s repertoire and was listed as one of the best dance performances in Iceland in year 2015 according to Morgunbladid. The same year his latest work This is a musical was placed among the most important cultural events in Poland by a cultural magazine Dwutygodnik.

Recently Tyminski has begun to collaborate with artist Jeremy Wade with whom he is engaged in the creation of The Greatest Show on Earth which premiered in August 2016 at International Sommerfestival in Hamburg.
Tyminski since year 2013 is one of the artists supported by European Network Advancing Performing Arts Project (APAP). During his career the artist received support also from Open Latitude, European Commission, Stary Browar Nowy Taniec, ImpulsTanz, Cialo/ Umysl Foundation, Tanzfabrik Berlin, The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland, Institute of Music and Dance, Movement Research NYC, Mica Moca, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Burdag Foundation and the President of Radom City.

This is a musical turns into a progressive techno concert of unprecedented dynamic, solo sound sampling.” – Pawel Soszynsk for