Polish Dance Theatre invites to its first show created within the Year of the Cursed 2019. Promised Promised Land is a staged epic, depicting the Earth deteriorating into a place cursed by the human rase. The performance was created by Katarzyna Raduszyńska (theatre director and playwright), Artur Bieńkowski (dancer and choreographer currently working at ROZBARK Theatre) and Paweł Walicki (set and costume designer) – the winners of the competition for a premiere project to be realised at the Polish Dance Theatre within The Year of the Cursed 2019 programme.
In the span of the 200 000 years of our presence on Earth we – the human race – have come to create outstanding, good and highly valuable things, but we have also done plenty of evil, too. Exclusion, denoted in the past as natural selection, has become one of the primary rules that govern the world in which we live today. We, the homo sapiens race, are indeed the most developed species that has ever inhabited our planet. However, we have forgotten that our obligations walk hand in hand with our privileges. Forgetting this, we continue to eagerly draw benefits from our privileges, that very often take such grotesque forms as exploitation, slavery, racism, censorship, discrimination, hierarchy, discipline and punishment, deportations and many more.
In the attempt to understand why the human race has always been so strongly driven by pride in itself and why people have always been so strongly convinced of their own omnipotence, the authors of Promised Promised Land present the concept of exclusion not only from the point of view of the excluded, but above all, from the point of view of those who exclude.
What underpins all of these actions? The latest performance of the Polish Dance Theatre is staged epic, depicting our history as the history of continuous exclusion that has started with the Big Bang and continued into 2019 – from a single atom all the way to the artificial intelligence. Promised Promised Land provides the audience with a unique opportunity to have a very close look at Man and his doings in the context of broadly understood rights. At what standpoint have we found ourselves today? Is it in the most appropriate standpoint for our species? Do we still have time? Are we in the middle of the end of time? Or maybe we should puncture the balloon of fake concepts about human race, the balloon that we have all clung to in order to fly and feel superior to all other beings that inhabit the Earth. Are we really that much better than those who stayed below? What can we see from above? Will we see the “promised land promised” or a utopia turned inside out and distorted?
Direction and script: Katarzyna Raduszyńska
Choreography: Artur Bieńkowski
Set and costume design, video, light design: Paweł Walicki
Music: Grzegorz Wierus, Wojtek Zralek-Kossakowski
Cast: Amy Basley, Evelyn Blue, Julia Hałka, Paulina Jaksim, Victoria Kennett, Katarzyna Kulmińska, Katarzyna Rzetelska, Sandra Szatan, Emily Wong, Kacper Bożek, Jerzy Kaźmierczak, Dominik Kupka, Pawel Malicki, Brage Nordang, Michal Przybyła, Adrian Radwański, Dominik Więcek
Light technician: Przemysław Gapczyński
Sound technician: Zuzanna Majewska
Audience management: Daniel Wiśniewski
Stage manager: Grzegorz Potocki, Andrzej Przybyszewski
Production manager: Robert Chodyła
Graphic designer: Piotr Zdanowicz
Production: Polish Dance Theatre – the cultural institution of the Wielkopolska Voivodeship
Tickets are available on www.bilety24.pl, in the Cultural Information Centre (ul. Ratajczaka 44) and in the Artis Hall - one hour before the show (ul. Kutrzeby 10).
Katarzyna Raduszyńska – theatre director and playwright. She graduated from the Acting Department at the Stanisław Wyspiański National Academy of Theatre Arts in Cracow and from the Directing Department at the Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw. She worked as assistant of such directors as Krystian Lupa and Robert Wilson. She created more than a dozen theatre performances including: Twelfth Night, or What You Will in Kazimierz Dejmek Nowy Theatre in Łódź, based on Shakespeare’s play; The Marriage of Figaro, or the Follies of the Day in The Witkacy New Theatre in Słupsk, based on Beaumarchais’ play; and a number of other performances based on her own texts. Her most recent play entitled Promised Land Hotel was published in Dialog in February 2016 and translated into Romanian. Raduszyńska was granted a number of scholarships, including a research scholarship in Sofia, the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage scholarship for dramatic literature and the Visegrad Fund’s scholarship for artists that encompassed an artistic residency in Bratislava, where she worked on her novel about Lower Silesia, entitled Czarnula.
Artur Bieńkowski – gained his dance experience at many dance workshops in Poland and abroad, among others in Israel, USA, France. In the season 2008/2009 an actor of the Musical Theatre in Gdynia. In the season 2009/2010 he worked for Powszechny Theatre in Radom and Art Project Ballet in Warsaw. He created performances presented at many music festivals in Poland, such as: Open’er Festival in Gdynia, Audioriver Festival in Płock. Since 2010 he works as a dancer in the Polish Dance Theatre. He danced in PDT’s performances choreographed by Ohad Naharin, Jo Strømgren, Ewa Wycichowska, Thierry Verger, Nadar Rosano. In the season 2015/2016 he started his cooperation with ROZBARK Bytom Dance and Movement Theatre, where he performed in choreographies created by Anna Piotrowska and Ivgi&Greben duo. Since 2015 he cooperates also with Erez Zohar from Israel. He participates in workshops of GaGa technique on a regular basis (led by: Yoshifumi Inao, Noa Zuk, Sharon Eyal, Erez Zohar, Bossmat Nussan, and many others).
Paweł Walicki – set designer, animation film director, film-maker. Graduated from University of Fine Arts in Poznań and postgraduate studies of set design at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts where he worked on his diploma under the supervision of prof. Andrzej Kreutz Majewski and as his final project created the set design for Swan Lake performance in Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in Warsaw. Walicki’s film entitled How god Maior Lost His Throne has received numerous prizes. Furthermore, in 2014 Walicki received Złota Maska prize for set design for Bobiczek directed by Łukasz Kos and created in the Zagłębie Theatre in Sosnowiec. He created more than twenty set designs for theatre performances and films. Most recently, Walicki worked in Bayerische Staatsoper on the set design to the opera entitled Kannst du pfeifen, Johanna?, directed by Łukasz Kos. Currently Walicki is occupied with creating a feature-length animation film entitled Kill It and Leave Town directed by Mariusz Wilczyński.
Wojtek Zrałek-Kossakowski – artist working on the crossroads of theatre and music. He is a highly acclaimed dramaturg, screenplay writer, director and music maker who works both in Poland (Studio Theatre in Warsaw, Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk, Nowy Theatre in Poznań) and Germany (Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin). He also created a number of highly acclaimed radio dramas in cooperation with Marcin Lenarczyk, Marta Malikowska and Marcin Masecki. As curator and culture animator he developed the music line-up for such festivals as 7. Berlin Biennale, The Łódź of Four Cultures Festival, as well as for the Cultural Centre – Nowy Wspaniały Świat in Warsaw. Member of Krytyka Polityczna team. Translator, publicist and DJ.
Grzegorz Wierus – since 2012 he has been working as conductor at the Stanisław Moniuszko Grand Theatre in Poznań. Since 2010 he has also been cooperating with the Artur Rubinstein Symphony Orchestra in Łódź. He conducted also for Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra and Choir of the Academy of Music in Krakow, Szeged Symphony Orchestra and The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra. Both contemporary, alternative music, and music theatre projects play an important role in Grzegorz Wierus’s artistic work.
More info about the Polish Dance Theatre artists: http://www.ptt-poznan.pl/pl/team/pracownik
The Year of the Cursed 2019 aims at analysing the theme of exclusion from various perspectives.
The Polish Dance Theatre wants to inspire the audience to reflect on the exclusion of different historical and fictional figures, ideas and objects, in order to understand the reasons for this state. Undertaking the theme of exclusion can be done either from the perspective of the excluded, or from the standpoint of the one who excludes. Such complex analysis of exclusion offers the audience a unique experience of emotions related to the state of exclusion. The Polish Dance Theatre hopes to provoke numerous artistic, aesthetic and intellectual ripples in the audience, and to trigger a fruitful critical discussion.