Barbara Bittnerówna - outstanding Polish dancer, prima ballerina of the Grand Theatre in Poznań, Silesian Opera in Bytom and Opera in Warsaw. She was born on 4 September 1924 in Lviv. She took private dance lessons, in the beginning with Stanisław Faliszewski in Lviv, then in a private school managed by Zygmunt Dąbrowski in Warsaw. She was regarded as “a child prodigy”, she performed at the stage of the Grand Theatre in Lviv at the age of 11. She remembers that as a child she used to run barefoot on tiptoe around the table, later, as an adult dancer, she would often not use pads or ribbons for pointe shoes. In 1939–1944 she performed in Warsaw, she survived the war by dancing for Warsaw private stages. After the war, in 1946–1949 she was the prima ballerina of the Grand Theatre in Poznań, next she became the prima ballerina of the Silesian Opera (1949–1951). In 1951 she joined the ballet of the Grand Theatre in Warsaw where she remained as the prima ballerina till 1957. Her dance partners in Warsaw were: Stanisław Szymański, Jerzy Kapliński, Bronisław Kropidłowski and Wojciech Wiesiołłowski. In the same year she won the first prize in the International Dance Competition in Vercelli, Italy. She formed an excellent dance partnership with Witold Gruca, with whom she also performed later for theatres as “a stage duo”. In 1960–1963 she performed in the Small Forms Theatre “Arabeska". In 1965 she became the prima ballerina of the Music Theatre in Warsaw, since 1970 she co-operated with music and drama theatres as a movement director and choreographer. She played the unforgettable leading role of the ballet Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev as well as many classical, demi-classical and contemporary parts. Her autobiographical book Not only about dance (“Nie tylko o tańcu"), with her memories and reflections on ballet art, was published in 2004.
2 June 2020
The current time of pandemic disruption and forced isolation was a new experience not only for the habitants of the Tri-City area. Foreigners who chose Tri-City as their place of residence also faced many new challenges. We are slowly coming back to reality, readapting to the new realities of life. In this very challenging time, there is an immense need for ideas and spaces that will allow the free contact and the reestablishment of relationships with self and others.
Project emiGRACJE is an innovative concept developed and designed for this purpose. It is dedicated for Non Polish and Polish women with or without migration experience who want to meet in a new, post-pandemic reality, experience being together in nature and make new connections: with their own physical bodies, as well as with other participants. Meetings will take place once per week, on Thursdays after 17.00 (exact time will be confirmed after the registration of participants). Workshops will last for 1.5–2 hours and will take place in a beautiful natural setting, at the Garden of Ethnography Museum in Gdańsk (Gdańsk Oliwa ul. Cystersów 19) for a period of 7 weeks, starting on Thursday, 18th June.
There will be an initial presentation meeting (which is virtual based and obligatory) on June 11, 2020 at 19.00 on the Zoom platform. Application form: here