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
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
Polski Teatr Tańca | Maciej Kuźmiński
- choreography, concept
- Maciej Kuźmiński
- Zbigniew Kozub, Stanisław Moniuszko
- scenography, costiume
- Ilona Binarsch
- 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
- 70 min
- premiered on
- 20th November 2019, Poznań, Poland, Zamek Culture Center, grand hall
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