Theatre

Polish Dance Theatre B@ttle between Carnival and Lent Debrecen, Kölcsey Terem

Saturday 29 September 2007, 9:00 pm

Debrecen, Kölcsey Terem

Polish Dance Theatre
B@ttle between Carnival and Lent

29 September 2007 (Saturday), 19.00
Debrecen, Kölcsey Terem

B@ttle between Carnival and Lent
choreography: Ewa Wycichowska
music: Zbigniew Łowżył (using fragments from H. Purcella and H.M. Górecki)
keyboards: Krzysztof "Wiki" Nowikow
stage design: Bohdan Cieślak
costumes and properities: Ewa Łowżył
premiere: 25.01.2002.
duration: 65 minutes
cast:

Artists of the Polish Dance Theatre, Marcin Liber, Wojciech Wiński, Zbigniew Łowżył, Krzysztof "Wiki" Nowikow and Choir of "Collegium F" conducted by Marcin Sompoliński
It is not without reason that the title of the performance, which is readily called a choreographic-musical installation by its creators, brings to mind Breughel's famous work. In the Poznań creation we do not however find confabulations as dense in meanings as Breughel's figures. Rather than aesthetic convention, what is common is the thought about the human condition, about nature and its contradictions, about the longing for an ideal and submission to the seduction of disharmony. The sign of human fate becomes the freedom of choice, a road saturated to the same degree with freedom and imprisonment, truth and delusion, beauty and ugliness, happiness and suffering. The road with seven turns, seven principal sins, seven simple truths, which are us and which we are. Notwithstanding the fact that the Battle between Carnival and Lent, between Lent and Carnival is very modern in its choreographic, visual and musical conception, it is by way of its thematic universalism that it joins the age-old attempt to answer the question: 'where are we going?".
This performance does not pretend to the role of 21st Century morality, it answers the important question in a manner known from the ludic theatre of the Middle Ages, not shying away from joke, paradox or pastiche. Its authors remember that during the Middle Ages 'ludus' was understood to mean play as well as art. With the belief that from distance is born a greater chance for reflection than from fear, we invite you on a journey that is homely play, not free of risk, unexpected situations, and solutions entirely dependent on the spectators' decisions.
The Polish Dance Theatre was laureate of the Hetman's Bulaw Prize for best performance at the Zamość Theatre Summer 2002.

The Polish Dance Theatre - Poznań Ballet was established in 1973 on the initiative of the city authorities and local artistic circles. The job of managing it was given to Conrad Drzewiecki, an outstanding dancer and choreographer.
Drzewiecki\'s 15 years at the helm were characterised by pioneer accomplishments which placed the Poznań Ballet among Europe\'s leading dance ensembles and opened the door to international ballet festivals.

In 1988 Ewa Wycichowska took over as the manager and artistic director of the Polish Dance Theatre. Wycichowska, for many years the prima ballerina of the Wielki Theatre in Łódź, choreographer and teacher, had cooperated with numerous American, Italian and German ensembles and sat on the jury of many Polish and international ballet competitions.
Treating modern and contemporary dance as the basic movement material, Ewa Wycichowska developed an original concept of performance and choreography that aims at a synthesis of arts in which the choreographic, dramatic, musical and visual layers meet and intermingle. She also made her own contribution to the idea of individualistic theatre and invited the cooperation of many distinguished artists from all over the world.

For some years now the Polish Dance Theatre has been perceived as a unique choreography forum, which has seen original choreographies by such artists as Birgit Cullberg, Mats Ek, Örjan Andersson, Jens Ostberg, Marie Brolin-Tani, Virpi Pahkinen (Sweden), "Les Carnetes Bogouet" (France), David Earle (Canada), Toru Shimazaki (Japan), Yossi Berg (Israel) and Jacek Przybyłowicz (Poland).
The Polish Dance Theatre\'s attractive repertoire, original dance language and contemporary theatre form have attracted universal praise from audiences all over the world.

For over 30 years The Polish Dance Theatre, though based in Poznań, has remained faithful to its statutory obligation to promote the art of dancing and disseminate ballet culture throughout the country. And adding an educational perspective to its wide spectrum of interests, the theatre started organising the Contemporary Dance Workshops and the Contemporary Dance Biennale in 1994 and the International Festival of Dance Theatres in 2004.

Polish Dance Theatre
B@ttle between Carnival and Lent

29 September 2007 (Saturday), 19.00
Debrecen, Kölcsey Terem