In 2019, as part of 'Choreographic Territories: New Paths for the Avant-Garde', audiences in Prague, Warsaw, Bucharest, Žilina, Chisinau and Plovdiv will get the chance to witness almost 20 Polish dance performances.
Choreographic Territories is a multi-annual project presenting Polish contemporary dance by some of the best Polish artists, educators and theorists of dance affiliated with the Polish Dance Platform. Organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute across 2017 to 2021, it includes performances, workshops, meetings and debates organised in the most active centres of contemporary dance in Central and Eastern Europe: in Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and more.
What makes dance unique compared to other arts or science, is that the avant-garde generation of the beginning of the 20th century was led by women – such as the icons of the history of contemporary dance (Isadora Duncan, Loïe Fuller, Mary Wigman, Marta Graham), or the numerous promoters of new ideas, thoughts and techniques, including many Polish artists and thinkers. It was through the determination and stubbornness of women pioneers such as Bronisława Niżyńska, Marie Rambert, Pola Nireńska or Irena Prusicka, that dance in Poland gained a modern nature. The artists, while rooted in Poland, after the Second World War often continued to develop the modernist thought abroad, for example in the USA. And the entire history of contemporary dance demonstrates the repetitiveness of the mechanisms characteristic of the beginning of the century – the nomadic nature of this form of art and the transformation and migratory character of modern ideas, which transferred together with artists and their practices between countries and continents.
The idea behind Choreographic Territories is to demonstrate that just like in the 1920s and 1930s, Polish artists can still be a source of inspiration and modern understanding of choreography. The project aims to reclaim and reinforce the representation of Central and Eastern Europe in the general discourse of the history of contemporary dance, which should not be limited to forcing it into the frames of international trends. Instead, it ought to strengthen local histories and offer experience and support to countries troubled by political and financial problems in their development of dance.
The first edition of the Choreographic Territories began in 2018 with the premiere of the Yanka Rudzka project Polyphonies (on 8th September in Poznań, Poland). Rudzka’s methodology was used in the performance to create a modern choreography referencing non-stylised folk culture. Artists from Poland, Brazil, Armenia and Georgia were invited to take part in the project. The performance, together with other dance productions by the 2017 Polish Dance Platform (Bataille and the Dawn of New Days by Sławek Krawczyński and Anna Godowska, Total by Paweł Sakowicz, Stalking Paradise by the Lublin Dance Theatre and Welcome/Witajcie by Aurora Lubos) were presented during a tour in Grodno, Minsk, Dnipra, Tbilisi, Yerevan and Kiev.
"Druga natura" - spektakl o Poli Nireńskiej.
Zero Point Festival, Prague, Czech Republic
- 18.07 – Zrób Siebie by Marta Ziółek (Komuna Warszawa)
- 20.07 – Second Nature by Agata Siniarska
Scena Tańca Studio, Warsaw, Poland
- 28.07 – Second Nature by Agata Siniarska
International Moldova Dance Festival CONTACT +, Chisinau, Moldova
- 14.09 – Ewa i On by Iwona Olszowska
- 20.09 – Into Me See by Dariusz Nowak
- 22.09 – Second Nature by Agata Siniarska
- 2.10 – Jumpcore by Paweł Sakowicz
- 4.10 – Second Nature by Agata Siniarska
- 8. 10 – Thriller by Paweł Sakowicz & Anna Smolar
- 9.10 – Para nr 1 by Katarzyna Gorczyca & Oskar Malinowski
- 10.10 – Stalking Paradise by Lubelskiego Teatru Tańca
- 11.10 – Second Nature by Agata Siniarska
- 12.10 – Łuczniczki by Agnieszka Kryst
- 12.10 – Slowstepper - on The Edge of Survival by Hygin Delimat
- 13.10 – Ewa i On by Iwona Olszowska & Paweł Konior
One Dance Week Festival, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
- 19.10 – Second Nature by Agata Siniarska
- 19.10 – Welcome/Witajcie by Aurora Lubos
Prague, Czech Republic
- 16.11 – Jungle by Pink Mama Theatre
Zero Point Festival in Prague
polish contemporary dance
The project Choreographic Territories is organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in collaboration with the Institute of Music and Dance, Centrum Kultury in Lublin, and the Art Stations Foundation, along with partners in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria and Germany. It is partially co-ordinated by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the international cultural programme accompanying the multi-annual NIEPODLEGŁA programme for the years 2017–2022. It is funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.