September 2019 

Poznań/“Forefathers’ Eves: A Cycle of Premieres”: Polish Dance Theatre “Dziady_kopia.doc” [Forefather’s Eve_copy.doc] – chor. Tomasz Bazan

25 May 2017 | 20:00 | Poznań: Aula Artis, Collegium Da Vinci, ul. Kutrzeby 10. | Premiere

presentation in the series

Forefathers’ Eves is a cycle of premieres presented as an agon. Developed in three different instalments, the triptych covers the same theme, featuring performances choreographed by the artists invited by the Polish Dance Theatre: Kaya Kołodziejczyk, Tomasz Bazan, and Aleksandra Dziurosz in collaboration with the director Tomasz Szczepanek.


Presented in three instalments, the theme of Adam Mickiewicz’s Dziady (Forefather’s Eve) creates a unique platform for artistic competition, enabling the audience to triple their artistic, aesthetic and intellectual experience, and inviting them to join in the discourse on the contemporary reinterpretations of the work and the traditions it addresses.






From the choreographer:

To me, Adam Mickiewicz’s Forefathers’ Eve is a modern reflection of the idea of ritual. The world of rituals, which strives to open up unknown spiritual dimensions, entails contact with a reality that transcends our perception; it is a contemporary human attempt to “gain” alternative knowledge and expand the capacities of one’s body and mind. Dziady_kopia.doc is a modern-day confrontation between the human being in search of the logos of infinite knowledge, on the one hand, and time and non-material world expressed through the language of futurological technologies. Above all, Forefathers’ Eve is a narrative about the body threatened with annihilation, and an attempt to put the unknown (which contemporary culture expresses by searching for new human sciences and a deconstruction of ideas) in order


Forefathers’ Eve is a choreography that attempts to transgress itself: its codified structures and clearly delineated sequences. It is a pact with the impossible, which—as a result of a risky, liminal game with its own body – becomes somewhat tangible. Contemporary science and medicine know similar mechanisms, which take place in the human body, and are capable of empirically examine them in an increasingly more complete and understandable way. The research on serotonin neurotransmitters and, consequently, the expansion of the actual, short-term muscle strength, have contributed to the unique surge in the development of a number of Olympic disciplines owing to training plans developed with near-computer-like precision.


The achievement of a higher degree of consciousness, the experience of catharsis, spiritual rapture, conscious dreaming, ruptures in the structure of consciousness, conscious out-of-body experience – these effects have been achieved across cultures through certain psychophysical practices. Perfected through the ages, they have become a natural way to expand human capabilities, both the spiritual and physical ones. In today’s world, it seems that this role is gradually being overtaken by the Internet and the rapidly development of science. One of the most intriguing among these phenomena is the evolution of augmented reality, within whose confines the human being can almost infinitely expand the scope of their body and its cognitive capacities, depending on the algorithms of the pre-programmed device.


Direction: Tomasz Bazan

Choreography: Tomasz Bazan and Kornelia Lech, Michał Przybyła, Paweł Malicki, Dominik Więcek

music: Marcin Janus

multimedia, technologies: Grzegorz Kaliszuk

dramaturgical collaboration: Anna Królica

makeup artist, costume designer: Adriana Cygankiewicz

producer: Natalia Gorzelańczyk

produced by: Polish Dance Theatre in Poznań, as part of The Year of Sorcerers; Tomasz Bazan

cast: Paweł Malicki, Dominiki Więcek, Kornelia Lech, Michał Przybyła, Adriana Cygankiewicz

Inspired by Adam Mickiewicz’s Forefathers’ Eve and William Gibson’s Sprawl Trilogy.


Due to scenes of nudity, the performance is available solely to adult audiences.




Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.


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