Since its first edition in 1997 the International Dance Theatres Festival is one of the biggest cultural events in Lublin. Over the last few years the event became recognised as one of the most important dance theatres festivals of both the Polish and European scenes.
The Festival aims to present both the most interesting artistic proposals prepared by professional dance theaters from all over the world. It also seeks to promote Polish artists and unknown artistic groups, transforming the way they are perceived - from the status of amateur theatres to a position of new, original dance companies of a professional significance.
The last three editions of International Dance Theatres Festival encompassed a series which involved the bringing together of modern, independent choreography with other genres of art. The festival presented mutual influences between dance theatre, visual arts (such as painting, printmaking, sculpture, and photography), literature, and music.
Apart from presentations of professional dance theatre performances from all over the world, the Festival's annual programme always includes: contemporary dance workshops, educational seminars, video projections, meetings with artists (daily discussions following the performances), art exhibitions, competitions, concerts, and other performative actions related to the theme of dance theatre.
This year’s jubilee edition of International Dance Theatres Festival is carried out under the "PERSONALITIES" slogan.
The festival will showcase some of the latest performances by artists whose productions have imprinted themselves in the European audience's memory over the past 15 years. Their works shape the Festival’s profile this year. These artists have proved to be determined in creating their own artistic path while remaining open towards a dialogue with the spectator.
The artists come from Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy, Finland, UK, USA, Hungary, France, Norway, Belarussia and Poland. Apart from artists of international acclaim we are also going to host representatives of the younger generation as we believe that this blend of youth and experience is once again going to bring the viewers a lot of unusual experiences and will long held in their memory.
The year 2011 is also of significance for for the Lublin Dance Theatre as well as the Contemporary Dance Group of Lublin's University of Technology. The two groups celebrate their 10th and 18th anniversaries this year and play the role of a host to the Festival's events. A part of the celebrations, the companies will present two premiere showings: one directed by the Norwegian choreographer Karen Foss, and the second by Hanna Strzemieniecka, the originator of the Lublin Festival.
Another important event of the anniversary's celebrations is the screening of "Stand by", a film directed by Natasza Ziółkowska-Kurczuk. Members of the Lublin Dance Theatre appear in the film, which is set in the phenomenal atmosphere of the architecture at Peowiaków street. The buildings which previously belonged to the convent of the Order of the Visitation are currently under reconstruction and set to become a venue for the Lublin Centre for Culture.
Organisers: The Center for Culture in Lublin, Lublin Dance Theatre
This event is part of Attention Culture!, the Cultural Programme of the 2011 Polish EU Presidency.