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photo by Ewelina Konior Słowińska

Gdańsk/Polish Dance Platform 2019: Bartosz Ostrowski "Babel. The resonance of language"

8 September 2019 | 16:30 | Gdańsk: ETNO, Ethnography Department of the National Museum, ul. Cystersów 19

performance presentation

As part of the Polish Dance Platform 2019 Bartosz Ostrowski will present his performance Babel. The resonance of language.


About the performance:


Comment réalise-tu que tu connais une langue?

How do you know that you know a language?

How do you recognise it in you?

Does it get born in your body as a new organ?


The performance is a choreographic experimentation with the physical features of speech. In reference to the George Lakoff’s prinicples of embodied cognition,the artist is exploring the somatic potencial of language knowledge. He is trying out the ways through which the body is capable of translating/traduire.


concept and performance: Bartosz Ostrowski

dramaturgy: Rocio Berenguer Roldan

production: Ethnography Department of the National Museum in Gdańsk within the framework of the exhibition entitled Original Sounds; supported by the artistic residency grant of the Adama Mickiewicz Institute

premiere: 8 September 2019, ETNO, Ethnography Department of the National Museum in Gdańsk

duration: 30 minutes


Bartosz Ostrowski –graduate of the Academy of Theatre Arts in Cracow, Warsaw Dance Department and PACAP in Forum Dança Lisbon. Recently based in Paris. His works are characterised by the coexistence of speech and dance in a direct dialogue with the audience. Author of walkie_talkie, Praga Street View and REFUGEE TALKS. Founder of dotcompany, with which he created Secondhand’68, Individual Concert and Seagull: five seconds of Chekov, awarded on the Young Direction Forum in Cracow. At the moment he is preparing a project BoardingGateSeatFromTo: in which on the basis of own experience he is exploring the modern nomad lifestyle.




The Polish Dance Platform aims to seek out and promote the most interesting original dance productions made in Poland or by Polish choreographers. The finale of the forthcoming edition of the Polish Dance Platform will be held on 5-8 September 2019 in Gdańsk.


For the first time, the Polish Dance Platform will also feature the Kids Dance Platform – a showcase of dance performances dedicated to young audiences. The programme of the Kids Dance Platform encompasses performance presentations, a panel discussion and accompanying events. The Kids Dance Platform will be held on 30-31 August 2019 at the Miniatura Theater
in Gdańsk


The Polish Dance Platform is organized by the Insitute of Music and Dance and co-organized by Teatr Dada von Bzdülöw Association and Polka dot Foundation. The main partner of the event is the Institute of Adam Mickiewicz. Co-financed by the City of Gdańsk.


Partners of the project: European Solidarity Centre, Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre, City Culture Institute, Miniatura City Theatre, The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre, Baltic Opera House, Wybrzeże Theatre, Club ŻAK, Gdynia Film School, Colony of Artists, POLsail, Janina Jarzynówna-Sobczak Ballet School, Twoja Stocznia, 100cznia.


Media partners: "Didaskalia. Gazeta Teatralna", Magazyn "Presto",,, Radio Gdańsk S.A., "Gazeta Wyborcza Trójmiasto//Co Jest Grane 24", TVP Kultura, TVP2.





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