From the beginning "Zawirowania" was designed as an event where artists from countries without any great contemporary dance tradition can meet with leading artists representing the genre.
Dance theatres from Poland, Slovakia, Russia, Spain, Israel, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Estonia, Italy, Cyprus, Hungary, Germany, Belarus, and the United States will perform during the fifth "Zawirowania" (Whirls) European Dance Theatre Festival held in Warsaw on 21 - 28 June 2009. From the beginning "Zawirowania" was designed as an event where artists from countries without any great contemporary dance tradition can meet with leading artists representing the genre.
Touch the Dance, source: www.zawirowania.pl
This year's festival will open with Touch the Dance by Dance Studio from Slovakia, a combination of precise choreography and improvised movement. Dance in this performance is an experiment with space, inspired by its aesthetics, reflecting its history and absorbing its atmosphere, communicating with the environment and standing face to face with the audience. The creative process is born right before the spectators' eyes, and the dancers create movements and images inspired both by their own reflexes and stimuli from the surroundings.
On 21 June the Russian group Monkey Production will present My Body Is a Mobile Phone. Choreographer Olga Dukhovnaya sees the computer as being part of the classic love triangle, with which the characters try to interact. On the same day, Spanish dancer Daniel Abreu will present the show Undressed.
Poland's representatives at the festival include the Polish Dance Theatre from Poznań; this group will present Trzy siostry - wyobrażenie / Three Sisters - Depiction. The characters in this production by Andrzej Adamczak are borrowed from the play by Chekhov. Though he was inspired by Three Sisters, Adamczak explains that he didn't translate the drama into the language of movement, but was interested mainly in the psychological aspect and it was this relation with the dancers that he focused on.
Three Sisters, source: www.zawirowania.pl
On 25 June the Lublin Dance Theatre will present Kosmos / Cosmos, a production directed by Wojtek Kaproń. This show was inspired by the paintings of Wassily Kandinsky and his theoretical texts, especially Point and Line to Plane.
Cosmos, source: www.zawirowania.pl
The leading event of this year's "Zawirowania" festival will be Chopin w plenerze / Chopin Outdoors, an international project involving dancers from the Zawirowania Dance Theatre and from other groups they are friends with. The participants will use the space of the rebuilt Royal Castle Arcade to present choreographic / visual excerpts from works by different artists, including Georg Blaschke, Szymon Osiński, Wojciech Mochniej, Ramona Nagabczyńska, and Elwira Piorun. Successive elements of the performance will be linked by a parade of dancers also involving the audience. The entire event, partly in the form of a happening, will be accompanied by the processed music of Fryderyk Chopin.
The festival concludes on 28 June with the show Blind Questions - I See You Me Neither by the Mouvoir group from Germany. Blind Questions is built around misunderstandings and merges a live show with film projections. The project is the work of Cologne choreographer Stephanie Thiersch and her international group of dancers, actors, and vocalists.
This year's "Zawirowania" festival will be accompanied by Taniec w fotografii / Dance in Photographs, an exhibition of photos by Janusz Matuszewski.
The festival's organizer is Teatr Tańca Zawirowania - Fundacja Scena Współczesna. The festival events will be presented at Stara Prochoffnia, in the Old Town Square, at Centralny Basen Artystyczny, and at the Collegium Nobilium theatre.
A detailed programme is available from www.zawirowania.pl.
Source: PAP, www.zawirowania.pl