Akademia Ruchu Chinese Lesson / Chińska Lekcja

Segal Theatre, The Graduate Center CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave MAP

Marking their 40th anniversary this year, Akademia Ruchu, (‘Academy of Movement’), is a group operating at the intersection between art and theater, which was founded in 1973 in Warsaw, Poland, where it brought together a group of performers with a wide range of academic and physical training – from ballet to martial arts. The group have consistently pursued the ‘politicization of aesthetics’, as a strategy to engage with a general public and have engaged in insightful reflections on communist and post-communist Poland, finding ways to communicate even when particular forms of speech and action are censored. Performa 13 is excited to present Chinese Lesson / Chińska Lekcja is an evening composed of a series of performances; short five to ten minute pieces involving five members of the group, originating out of thirty years of Akademia Ruchu's experience in building their own visual theatrical language.

Chinese Lesson / Chińska Lekcja is co-presented by Performa, the Polish Cultural Institute New York and The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Part of the Polish Pavilion Without Walls.


Generously supported by the Polish Cultural Institute New York, Fundacja Sztuka i Współczesność, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, and the Polish Ministry of Cultural and National Heritage.

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Date & Time
  • Thu. Nov 7, 1:00 pm
Akademia Ruchu presents a visual retrospective of their work since 1974 through a range of images and films.
Free with RSVP
  • Fri. Nov 8, 12:00 pm
  • Sat. Nov 9, 12:00 pm
Seminal Polish collective Akademia Ruchu (the Academy of Movement) creates a new, participatory performance specially conceived for Times Square.
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