From games of illusion, through reflection on all that is transient, to nostalgia and outright humor - the Polish Dance Theatre - Poznan Ballet takes on all of these moods in the premieres it will perform between April 27 and 29. The Poznan-based theatre has invited a trio of renowned choreographers to work with it in presenting the newest tendencies and styles in world dance. The productions will commemorate INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAY, which is celebrated on April 29, the birthday of the great ballet reformer Jean-Georges Noverre.
The Polish Dance Theatre, the best-known avant-garde dance ensemble in Poland and in itself an internationally renowned group of choreographers, has invited Virpi Pahkinen to work with it on one of its three new productions. Pahkinen has won the Finnlands Culture Prize, a Svenska Dagbladet Opera Prize, the Golden Antenna Award in Bulgaria, and a prize at the Solo Dance Theater Festival in Stuttgart. She is working with the Poznan-based troupe to put together a production titled ZEFIRUM. Set to the music of Roger Ludvigsen, the production was inspired by the Tibetan Book of the Dead and constitutes a choreographed treatise about life and transience. This highly focused and somewhat subdued experiment at a dance meditation in a Buddhist mood is simultaneously colored with light doses of humor.
The two remaining productions in this series of premieres have been put together by Polish artists Andrzej Morawiec and Jacek Przybylowicz, winners of the National Choreography Competitions in Lodz and Gdansk. In P(R)UDER - JA / P(R)UDER - ME, set to the music of Aleksandra Bilinska, Andrzej Morawiec effectively places a distorting mirror before the audience, turning our attention to the ease with which we hide behind acquired poses and masks on various occasions. Jacek Przybylowicz focuses his interests on something else entirely in NASZYJNIK GOLEBICY / THE DOVE'S NECKLACE, which is a collage of traditional Arabic music and Jewish and Arabic cultural motifs. The production is inspired in many ways by the epic poem IBN HAZMA and is illustrated with, among others, the songs of the legendary Egyptian singer Om Kolthom.
Audiences will have another opportunity to see all of these productions at the National Theatre in Warsaw on May 24 and 25. On those two evenings, the Polish Dance Theatre will also present its previous productions: CISZA DRZACYCH DLONI / THE QUIET OF TREMBLING HANDS - a short study of movement and gesture choreographed by Virpi Pahkinen to the music of Roger Ludvigsen; and WO - MAN W POMIDORACH / WO - MAN IN TOMATOES - a humorous story about blonds and macho types, about the stereotypes applied to women and men, choreographed by Yossi Berg.