Designer Barbara I Gongini, is an active participant in the Nordic art discourse, working interdisciplinary in close collaboration with various artists in film, music and photography. In occasion of Copenhagen Fashion Week, together with our partners from REVS magazine, we had the chance to meet her and discover an exquisite take on Danish garments, derived from her conceptual approach towards fashion design, eloquently suitable for both men and women. In turn, her work has been featured by artisans across borders in the spirit of her collaborative nature, in a myriad of different shapes with various purposes.
The Lab, is a studio located among the industrial warehouses of Copenhagen, where The Talk and The Move took place. An exhibition presenting a display of her iconic pieces, a chance to meet Barbara I Gongini and her team, but also an excellent practice of design in motion through a performance by Marcin Kupinski, from Danish Royal Ballet. Marcin Kupinski (born 1983) is the Polish dancer who joined the Royal Danish Ballet in 2002, becoming a soloist in 2010 and a principal dancer in 2011. His roles have included Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, James in La Sylphide, the prince in The Nutcracker, Junker Ove in A Folk Tale and the poet in La Sonnambula.
Entering the stage unpretentiously undressed, Kupinski opened the show in a vigorous manner. During the performance Kupinski continued taking garments from the circular textile sculpture installed on the ground, swinging clothes in the air, dancing with them, and slowly wearing them, being in the end, completely dressed in Barbara I Gongini’s mood. A cinematic and mysterious performance, a dramatic act recalling the darkness of Faroe Islands, and the designer’s obsessive and hectic world. A dark performance from which emerged a dramatic representation of life without light, a phantasmagoric dance of shapes and lines, and the omnipresent use of black color.
Kupinski also won various awards including the Special Jury Prize at the 2002 Varna International Ballet Competition and the Grand Prix at the Eurovision Young Dancers contest in 2001. As a guest performer, he has danced in the international company Cross Connection as well as in Rome, Lithuania and Japan. The performance in Copenhagen, took place on a concert by The Magnetic Eagle, the band that in the last two years has gained the status of being a leading impro-pop group. Since their debut in 2013, they have received overwhelming recognition for their live gigs, mixing up epic and psychedelic universe, and for creating sounds with a radical and adventurous musical approach that once again matches with Barbara I Gongini’s tones.
An Olympus Pen camera and a Ws voice recorder have been used to document this review