FABULA RASA

POLISH DANCE THEATRE | MACIEJ KUŹMIŃSKI

This spectacle is not to be watched. This spectacle is to be discovered.
What is there to be discovered (among other things), is that
every spectacle is always just a spectacle.
A performance description: something that is
a performance in which all gestures are only gestures.
And they are never what they are trying to show to a smaller or larger degree.

This performance is a description of the world-which-arose,
that is, the world-which-did not arise,
for the creation of the world is the eternal creation of the world.

I become in contact with You. Becoming I, I say You. Every real life is a meeting.
This performance is a meeting.

From the first second of the spectacle we set off on a disturbing, hypnotic journey into the depths of human personality, which is annihilated, in order to be reborn in a metaphysical perspective. The turning point is the moment of crossing the border of two worlds – temporality and eternity. Maciej Kuźmiński – a multi-award winning choreographer in Poland and abroad – discovers fascinating features of stage individuality and formal artistry of the dancers of the Polish Dance Theater. In portraying the condition of the individual and modern society, he draws on seemingly distant inspirations – a literary sketch of one of the Polish “cursed creators” Edward Stachura and the nationally marked musical work of Stanisław Moniuszko.

I have not encountered such an excellent choreography for a long time: from developed coherent choreographic drawings to the balanced dynamics of the dancer movement. (…) This spectacle is above all a great selection of soloists and ballet, as well as harmonizing music with dance, so that you don’t need any words or additional comments.

Katarzyna Nowicka, kulturapoznan.pl

I have not encountered such an excellent choreography for a long time: from developed coherent choreographic drawings to the balanced dynamics of the dancer movement. (…) This spectacle is above all a great selection of soloists and ballet, as well as harmonizing music with dance, so that you don’t need any words or additional comments.

Katarzyna Nowicka, kulturapoznan.pl

By changing the dynamics and other aspects of the movement, Maciej Kuźmiński obtained a clear analogy to the changing mental states of a man. In his choreographic concept, a fundamental difference is found visible in the “social body” and in the “private body.” It was virtually rendered in the “Mazurka”. Against the background of patriotically associated music we see a set of motion clichés, which can constitute a satirical image of modern society (not only Polish), repeating gestures of activity focused on earnings, rigid, stereotypical and mechanized.

Barbara Kowalewska, kulturaupodstaw.pl

The four performances made in the past year reminded those forgetful and proved to the unbelievers how impressive the skills of Polish Dance Theatre dancers’ are, creating an excellent, harmonious and trusting team. They only need choreographers able to fully use their potential. Maciej Kuźmiński succeeded in creating a successful – inspiring and exciting – spectacle by combining Edward Stachura’s prose, music and dance.

Piotr Dobrowolski, taniecPOLSKA.pl portal

FABULA RASA - ARTISTIC TEAM

photo Aleksander Joachimiak
photo Aleksander Joachimiak

Paul Bargetto
dramaturgy

photo Aleksander Joachimiak
photo Aleksander Joachimiak

Paweł Murlik
lighting design

photo Aleksander Joachimiak
photo Aleksander Joachimiak

Ilona Binarsch
set design, costume

photo Aleksander Joachimiak
photo Aleksander Joachimiak

Monika Witkowska
assistant choreographer, creation

DANCERS - ORIGINAL CAST
POLISH DANCE THEATRE ENSEMBLE
photo Andrzej Grabowski
photo Andrzej Grabowski

Adrian Radwański

photo Andrzej Grabowski
photo Andrzej Grabowski

Julia Hałka

photo Andrzej Grabowski
photo Andrzej Grabowski

Michał Przybyła

photo Andrzej Grabowski
photo Andrzej Grabowski

Agnieszka Jachym

photo Andrzej Grabowski
photo Andrzej Grabowski

Katarzyna Rzetelska
rehearsal assistant

photo Andrzej Grabowski
photo Andrzej Grabowski

Kacper Bożek

photo Andrzej Grabowski
photo Andrzej Grabowski

Emily Wong-Adryanczyk

photo Andrzej Grabowski
photo Andrzej Grabowski

Zbigniew Kocięba

photo Andrzej Grabowski
photo Andrzej Grabowski

Paulina Jaksim

photo Andrzej Grabowski
photo Andrzej Grabowski

Jerzy Kaźmierczak

photo Andrzej Grabowski
photo Andrzej Grabowski

Evelyn Blue

photo Andrzej Grabowski
photo Andrzej Grabowski

Daniel Michna

photo Andrzej Grabowski
photo Andrzej Grabowski

Sandra Szatan

photo Andrzej Grabowski
photo Andrzej Grabowski

Katarzyna Kulmińska

photo Andrzej Grabowski
photo Andrzej Grabowski

Paweł Malicki

photo Andrzej Grabowski
photo Andrzej Grabowski

Amy Basley

photo Andrzej Grabowski
photo Andrzej Grabowski

Dominik Kupka

FABULA RASA
POLISH DANCE THEATRE | MACIEJ KUŹMIŃSKI

choreography, concept
Maciej Kuźmiński

music
Zbigniew Kozub, Stanisław Moniuszko

scenography, costiume
Ilona Binarsch

dramaturgy
Paul Bargetto

lighting design
Paweł Murlik

original cast
Amy Basley, Evelyn Blue, Kacper Bożek, Julia Hałka, Agnieszka Jachym, Paulina Jaksim, Jerzy Kaźmierczak, Zbigniew Kocięba, Katarzyna Kulmińska, Dominik Kupka, Paweł Malicki, Daniel Michna, Michał Przybyła, Adrian Radwański, Katarzyna Rzetelska, Sandra Szatan, Emily Wong-Adryańczyk

assistant choreographer
Monika Witkowska

rehearsal assistant
Katarzyna Rzetelska

technical crew
Adriana Cygankiewicz, Przemysław Gapczyński, Piotr Grywaczewski, Grzegorz Potocki, Daniel Wiśniewski, Zuzanna Majewska

Polish Dance Theatr director
Iwona Pasińska

duration
70 min

premiered on
20th November 2019, Poznań, Poland
Zamek Culture Center, grand hall

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