Wed, 01/15/2020 - 10:57

Beautiful mountain landscapes, from which the figures of dancers grow, rocks, bushes, the severity of nature and its strength, everything intertwines with each other, thus emphasizing the strong bonds between nature and man. This was the set of the latest film project of the Polish Dance Theatre entitled Toporzeł. 

The project was inspired by sculptures by Stanisław Szukalski. In the works of this artist, who causes strong emotions, the motif of the human body appears; one can see muscle tension, movement, gesture and expression. The sculpture is made of earth, of nature, of which man is a part - this was the interpretive code of the project.

The Toporzeł project could not have been created anywhere else than in the Izerskie Mountains in the "Stanisław" quartz mine in Szklarska Poręba. The Karkonosze and Izerskie Mountains hide secrets, they are a place where magic mixes with reality, where the history of the legendary Mountain Spirit is still alive.

The film and the accompanying album are further elements building the story of the Polish Dance Theatre. We hope that apart from the beauty and aesthetics of the presented shots, you will see the Spirit of Dance Theatre in these materials.


  • MOVING BODY Festival 2020, Varna, Bulgaria, November 5 - Encouragement Award (category: Experimental)
  • ROLLOUT Dance Film Festival, Macau, China, 28.12.2020 - 11.01.2021 – Special Mention
  • Utah Dance Film Festival,Orem, USA, 28.05.2021 - Award / Best Short Film
  • Play Short - International Film Awards, May 30, 2021 - Dance Film / Honorable Mention
  • 17th Annual ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival, Toronto, Canada, July 5-11, 2021 - 2nd Award (category: Best Dance Film)
  • FASS Forward, Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur, Canada, July 29th 2021 - Award - Best International Dance Film Short
  • On Art Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland, 3rd July - 9th September 2021 - 1st Award / category: Short (pro&ind)
  • ZED Festival Internazionale Videodanza, Bologna, Italy, September 22nd-29th, 2021 - Best Choreography
  • Art Film Awards - Skopje, Macedonia, November 5, 2021 - Honorable Mention
  • Athens International Digital Film Festival AIDFF, Athens, Greece, December 9-15, 2021 - Honorary Distinction
  • SHORT TO THE POINT (STTP) Bucharest, Romania , April 11, 2022 - Award: Best Dance/Musical


  • Inspired Dance Film Fest Australia, November 8 2020 - Finalist
  • European Film Festival (Mainstream & Underground), Moscow, Russia, October 2 2020 - Finalist
  • ZIEL SPRING DANCE FILM FESTIVAL, Brooklyn/New York, USA, 26.03.2021 - Finalist
  • SounDance Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain, April 30, 2021 - Finalist

Official selections and screenings:

  • ScreenDance Sztokholm 2020 (21st of April to the 5th of May) - official selection in category foreign movies
  •  EnCore: Dance on Film 2020, Georgia, USA (22nd of May) – official selection
  • RED INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2020, Eina, Norway, (3rd -10th of July) - official selection 
  • ADF's Movies By Movers 2020, Durkham, USA (June 6) - official Selection
  • Moovy Tanzfilmfestival 2020 Köln (24th to 26th of July) – official selection
  •  Dances with camera in the frame of Short Waves Festival 2020 (18th to 23rd of August) - official selection 
  • Choreoscope - The International Dance Film Festival of Barcelona, 2020 Barcelona, Spain (September the 14) - official selection
  • Portland Dance Film Fest 2020 - official selection
  • Mexico City Videodance Festival - official selection
  • Thessaloniki Cinedance International - official selection 
  • LA Dance Shorts Film Festival - official selection
  • Cinedanza Festival 2020, Modena, Włochy (festival 23 -25 October 2020) - official selection
  • Kinetoscope: International Screendance Film Festival 2020, Missoula, USA (projection the 7th November 2020) - official selection
  • Dance on Screen Festival, Graz, Austria - official selection
  • Inspired Dance Film Festival Australia - finalist 




script and direction: 
Iwona Pasińska

Henryk Mikołaj Górecki

director of photography: 
Marek Grabowski

costume designer assistant: 
Adriana Cygankiewicz

sound mix: 
Aleksandra Konik

location selection: 
Andrzej Grabowski

Stern Pictures Sterzyński Sp. J. 
Artur Schubert 
Marcin Drobniuch

Marek Grabowski

color correction and post-production: 
Mirosław Mamczur

artists-dancers of the Polish Dance Theatre: 
Kacper Bożek
Jerzy Kaźmierczak
Zbigniew Kocięba
Dominik Kupka 
Paweł Malicki
Michał Przybyła  
Adrian Radwański

production manager: 
Małgorzata Andrzejewska

set manager:
Robert Chodyła 

set security & safety:
Grupa Regionalna Górskiego Pogotowia Ratunkowego 
Grupa Karkonoska 

Hotel Biathlon Sport & Spa w Jakuszycach

The photographs were taken on the premises of the "Stanisław" Quartz Mine,
owned by Zakład Wielobranżowy HEDAR Henryk Łożyński
with its seat in Łaziska Górne, Hutnicza 3 street
The producers would like to thank the Szklarska Poręba Forest Inspectorate 
for making the shooting of the film possible 
Appears courtesy of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Limited.  

Symphony No. 4 (Tansman Episodes) 
Appears courtesy of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Limited. 


Polish Dance Theatre 2019
Institution of Culture of the Self-Government of the Wielkopolska Region