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 November 2018 
Poster project: Adam Żebrowski

Polish National Ballet to perform Chopin on the centenary of Polish independence

13 November 2018

Polish music has dominated the recent repertoire of the Polish National Ballet. Since November last year, the company has presented ballets featuring the music of Eugeniusz Morawski (Świtezianka), Aleksander Tansman (On the Stave), Karol Szymanowski (Violin Concerto No. II), Mieczysław Karłowicz (Returning Waves), Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (Moving Rooms and And the Rain Will Pass...), Stanisław Syrewicz (Pupa), and – most of all – Fryderyk Chopin, whose pieces have reverberated in Mikhail Fokin’s Chopiniana and John Neumeier’s The Lady of the Camellias. This time, the director of the Polish National Ballet, Krzysztof Pastor, ventures towards new, choreographic interpretations of both piano concertos in the ballet night titled Notre Chopin. Collaborating with Pastor will be the esteemed English choreographer Liam Scarlett, who has created over a dozen original choreographies for the world famous Royal Ballet in London. Scarlett eagerly agreed to contribute a new choreographic rendition of Chopin’s Concerto in E minor for the Polish National Ballet. The second piece presented as part of Notre Chopin is Concerto in F minor choreographed by Krzysztof Pastor.

 

The world premiere of Notre Chopin will be presented at the main stage of Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera on 17 November, followed by repeat performances on 18, 20 and 21 November 2018, and 27, 28 and 30 April 2019.

Warsaw: Anna Nowicka’s premiere in the „Expanding the Field” cycle

6 November 2018

As part of the Expanding the Field choreographic programme by Nowy Teatr and the Art Stations Foundation, Anna Nowicka will premiere her new piece, This is the Real Thing (Wednesday, 7 November, 8 pm, ul. Madalińskiego 10/16; repeat presentations have been scheduled for 8-9 November at 8 pm and 8:30 pm, respectively). On the third night, Nowicka’s performance will be accompanied by a presentation of a previous piece developed within the frame of Expanding the Field, i.e. You Are Safe by Agata Siniarska, which will also be presented on 10-11 November.

 

“this is the real thing,” or “this is it / this is the real thing” is a piece where the body is at the centre of the performance. A single dancer creates and deconstructs her environment, playing in the landscape of visual meanings and possible references. Her own body flickers and transforms, remaining in the process of continuous becoming. Various qualities, textures, fragments of emotions, associations, situations, intentions, characters, actions, become embodied, but none of them is fixed in the form of a visual object.

Maciej Kuźmiński. Photo: Warsaw Dance Department.

Maciej Kuźmiński Named Guest Pedagogue with Rotterdam’s CODARTS Conservatory

30 October 2018

We are pleased to announce that Maciej Kuźmiński has been named Guest Pedagogue With the CODARTS contemporary dance conservatory in Rotterdam. Kuźmiński’s first meeting with freshman students will include artistic methodologies and a class in composition. In the subsequent period, the pedagogue will conduct an extensive, two-week workshop in floor work for junior students. The Codarts Hogeschool voor de Kunsten is Holland’s foremost artistic conservatory, And its Contemporary Dance Departament is considered one of the best in the world. The school places emphasis on technical training, enabling its alumni to find engagements with major dance companies such as Nederlands Dans Theater, Akram Khan Company, Cullberg Ballet or Carte Blanche. Since 2004, many Polish dance artists, among other Jakub Mędrzycki (currently with Norddans), Izabela Orzełowska (Pink Mama Theatre, freelancer), Filip Wągrodzki (Scapino Ballett Rotterdam), have completed their training at Codarts, which had also hosted Anna Majcher in that role before.

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