Fri, 02/14/2020 - 15:18

The Polish Dance Theatre together with Marta Ziółek, one of the most interesting Polish choreographers, who combines dance with everyday life practices, fashion and pop culture, is working on a performance entitled “Poison”.

The premiere will take place on 25 February 2020 at 8.00 pm in the Great Hall of the Castle in Poznań.

- What does dancing mean to you?
- Everything. It's all I have. When I dance, I can afford to be someone.
- Who?
- Someone other than normal.
- Who?
- The best possible worse version of myself.
- Do you believe in paradise?
- When I dance sometimes I think I get this high.
- Your worst nightmare?
- Not being able to move, losing the ability to feel.
- What would you do if you couldn't dance?
- I would like to disappear.

POISON refers to medieval dance epidemics, whose various forms were defined in the 19th century as choreomania. Etymologically, choreomania combines the Greek words "choros" (dance) and "mania" (madness), thus calling spontaneous, non-canonical and inconvenient movement manifestations of bodies in public space. "Dance plagues" took place in medieval Europe, but in the performance they are placed in the current social context. So there are references to "Climax" by Gaspar Noé or to the folly madness that Prodigy's leader, Keith Flint, sang about in the song Poison.

Choreographically, POISON refers to extra-social dances (social dancing) that have the power to build physical community and physical empathy - during gatherings, protests in urban space or in clubs. Working with a group of dancers from the Polish Dance Theater we study dance as a passion and intoxication. We observe how they materialize in individual bodies and in their personal stories. We move between individual perspective and group dynamics. We look at how dance creates a group from individuality, thus becoming a collective experience.

Choreographer and director: Marta Ziółek
Choreographer's assistant, choreographic cooperation: Wojciech Grudziński
Texts and dramaturgy: Anka Herbut
Music: Lubomir Grzelak
Visualizations: Rafał Dominik
Costumes: Tomasz Armada
Lighting design: Aleksandr Prowaliński

Voice: Dobromir Dymecki 
Photos, video: Karolina Sobel
Assistant: Paulina Jaksim

Costume designer's assistant: Martyna Konieczny 
Choreographic cooperation on voguing scenes: Magdalena Marcinkowska
Choreographic cooperation on krump scenes: Piotr ZONTA Król

Dancers and contributors:
Amy Basely, Evelyn Blue, Kacper Bożek, Julia Hałka, Paulina Jaksim, Patryk Jarczok, Katarzyna Kulmińska, Dominik Kupka, Paweł Malicki, Daniel Michna, Michał Przybyła, Adrian Radwański, Katarzyna Rzetelska, Sandra Szatan, Emily Wong-Adryańczyk
Performance service: Adriana Cygankiewicz, Przemysław Gapczyński, Piotr Grywaczewski, Zuzanna Majewska, Grzegorz Potocki, Daniel Wiśniewski
Producer: Robert Chodyła
Production: Polish Dance Theatre
Media partners: Vogue, WTK/, /IKS, Gazeta Wyborcza
Media support:
Partner: Koleje Wielkopolskie/Wielkopolska Railway

The premiere takes place as part of the Year of Scoffs – a programme cycle of the Polish Dance Theatre, planned for 2020 – which is a time of liberation through laughter and appreciation of the role of humour in life and theatre.