Dance inspired by Bruno Schulz’s prose and Hanna Krall’s reportages will fill the repertory of Poznań's Polish Dance Theatre in the 2014/2015 season.
Besides their own premières, the theatre's artists also plan to take part in the Act City Hamamatsu International Dance Festival. The theatre is to conduct workshops and present a performance created to Chopin’s music. Last year, the theatre celebrated 40 years of existence, during which it had realized more than 200 premières, visited five continents and had been awarded many prestigious prizes, such as Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival. Let’s have a look at what the theatre has prepared for audiences in autumn 2014.
The Israeli Choreographer of Freedom
In Open Field, the Poznań-based Israeli choreographer Nadar Rosano will talk about freedom. As he says, it will be a performance about what makes us want to be a part of society. Rosano has worked on dance projects in the USA, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany and other countries for several years.
Rosano collaborates with the Israeli Dance Academy teaching the ‘contemporary’ and ‘release’ techniques in Israel and Europe. He has visited Poland several times, taking part, for example, in the Dancing Poznań event held by the Polish Dance Theatre. In 2013, Nader was invited by Bucharest’s Odeon Theatre to create a solo performance for the world-renowned dancer Răzvan Mazilu. The première of his performance Out In The Line Up written for the Zawirowania Dance Theatre in Warsaw took place in June 2014. The première of Open Field is planned for 19 September, 2014.
Sanatorium, Based on Schulz’s Short Story
Sanatorium is a première performance with choreography by and under the direction of two dancers from the Polish Dance Theatre – Karina Adamczak and Agata Ambrozińska-Rachuta. It refers to the Bruno Schulz’s short story The Hourglass Sanatorium and its film adaptation by Wojciech Jerzy Has, but – as the artists mention – the prose and film are only an inspiration. “It’s our tribute and variation on the theme, not a film to dance theatre adaptation”, they say.
During the performance, the dancers will appear on the stage, amongst others, as screens on which graphics are displayed. Sanatorium is meant to step beyond theatre and dance. Its authors aim to raise the issue of different kinds of social exclusion. The première of the performance will take place on 9th October 2014.
On the Literary Trail of the Holocaust
The third of the performances is being prepared in co-production with the German team ‘bodytalk’ and is to be shown for the first time in Cologne. The Polish première of the as-yet untitled performance is planned for December. The choreography is prepared by Yoshiko Waki – a German-based Japanese artist who has collaborated with such artists as Johan Kresnik. The performance’s starting point is literary themes regarding the Holocaust. The artists try to link human lives with traces of German culture in Poznań.
As Yoshiko Waki said: “young people in Germany say 'I don’t have anything to do with the Holocaust, I don’t want to feel guilty.’ It’s a difficult issue, because we always want to believe that we are good people.” The narrative starting points for this performance are the reportages and stories of the Polish writer and journalist Hanna Krall, which describe the relationships and entanglements between Poles, Germans and Jews at the times of the Holocaust and after it, particularly those contained in the Proofs of Existence book published in 1995.
The Polish Dance Theatre – the Poznań Ballet – was established at the initiative of Poznań’s municipalities and artistic societies in 1973. Its first chief was Conrad Drzewiecki. Since 1988, The main and artistic director of the Polish Dance Theatre has been the long-time prima ballerina of the Grand Theatre in Łódź, choreographer and teacher Ewa Wycichowska.
Source: PAP, ed. AL, transl. szm, 22 September 2014