From 2nd to 15th November 2020, Chinese viewers will have a chance to watch the Polish Dance Theatre's performance 'Initiation' shown as part of the special online programme of the Beijing Fringe Festival. The coronavirus pandemic prompted the organisers to search for an alternative form of presenting foreign performances at this year's thirteenth edition of the Festival - as a result, they will be available on Chinese online video platform Youku.
Initiation is an experimental music film directed by Iwona Pasińska, in which every black and white frame is a separate, picturesque composition. Together they tell an oneiric story about an attempt to enter reality, in which the viewer's perception is strongly influenced, in addition to dancers' movement, by austere stage design created by Andrzej Grabowski, hypnotic music composed by Jacek Sienkiewicz and the motion of the camera which periodically returns to the same place.
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It is worth noting that the upcoming presentation is not the first time the Chinese audience will be able to enjoy a show by this Poznań-based dance company: in 2018 the Polish Dance Theatre participated in China Shanghai International Arts Festival where they presented Igor Gorzkowski's production The Harvest.
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This year's presentation at the Beijing Fringe is the result of the long-term collaboration between the Festival and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, dating back to 2013 when three Polish dance performances were staged in Beijing.
Source: promotional materials, edited by ZG, 30 Oct 2020