Dance Theatre Centre in Warsaw brings together over 70 male and female artists associated with the city of Warsaw. Attempts to create a permanent place dedicated to dance in Warsaw date back to 1933 and, among others, the initiative undertaken by a versatile choreographer Tacjanna Wysocka, the Grand Theatre?s prima ballerina Halina Szmolcówna, and an outstanding expressionist dancer Pola Nireńska. Despite this, such a place has not been created over the next decades. After the political transformation in 1989, the contemporary dance circles became more active. We saw the creation of festivals such as Body/Mind Festival, International Meeting of Live Arts CROSSROADS, Zawirowania International Dance Theater Festival, Warsaw FLOW Festival, SIC! International Dance Improvisation Festival, WARSAW DANCE DAYS. Thanks to the initiative of the dance community, both from Warsaw and the whole Poland, the Minister of Culture and National Heritage established the Music and Dance Institute, which is currently carrying out a regular project of spectacle presentations and workshops in the Studio Theatre ? Studio Dance Scene. Starting from 2001, there have been many non-profit organisations that tried to create a permanent place for dance artists to showcase their craft. We saw the creation of places such as Centre in Motion, Warsaw Dance Department, LUB/LAB, Warsaw Commune. There were projects that showcased Warsaw artists, such as Warsaw Dance Scene, Warsaw Dance Platform, Dance Activism in the New Theatre or a pilot project ? Dance Theatre Centre at the Mazovian Institute of Culture. All the activities led us to where we are now: for the next three years, contemporary dance will have its home at the KADR Culture Centre under the name Dance Theatre Centre in Warsaw. The directors of the CST are Paulina Święcańska and Agata Życzkowska, with the support of 18 non-profit organisations from Warsaw.
Here is a full list of the organisation which help us create the initiative:
1. Theatre Development Foundation ?New Wave? / HOTELOKO movement makers
2. PERFORM Artistic Foundation / Warsaw Flow Festival
3. Centre in Motion
4. Burdąg Foundation
5. Body/Mind Foundation ? Body/Mind Festival
6. ?Ciało Się? Foundation
7. Movementum Foundation
8. ?Myśl w Ciele? Foundation / Warsaw Laboratory of Kinetography
9. Eferte Dance Development Foundation / Mufmi Dance Theatre
10. Contemporary Stage Foundation / Zawirowania Dance Theatre
11. Art and Present Time Foundation
12. Dance Art Foundation
13. Tradition and Art Transformation Foundation / NTF Dance Theatre
14. ?Social Skills Academy? Association/ The Theatre Limen – Butoh
15. Format ZERO Association and Art Collective.
16. Ja Ja Ja Ne Ne Ne Association / TukaWach
17. Open Space Association / Warsaw Dance Theatre,
18. New Art Association
The list may continue to grow to include new Warsaw organisations as well as independent persons and artists working in the field of art.
2017 PROGRAMME / ARTISTIC PRESENTATIONS
As part of the programme, the CST will present a broad spectrum of contemporary dance that will include such forms as dance improvisation, spectacles based on structure, installations, interdisciplinary spectacles and performance. After each spectacle, we host conversations between the artists and the audience. In 2017, the performances are taking place each Monday, from September to December. In the next years, the programme is going to be expanded with further activities, such as education, animations, dance theory and criticism.
The 2017 programme is divided into two cycles: A SEA OF POSSIBILITIES and THE EYE OF THE STORM
A SEA OF POSSIBILITIES
Presentations in this series will showcase various practices and different approaches to contemporary dance. The performances in this series will include propositions of different approaches to contemporary dance techniques, as well as premieres, performances by artists debuting in the field of contemporary dance and performance or renowned artists cooperating with artists with a smaller artistic output, spectacles and installations for children.
EYE OF THE STORM
Centre of turbulent events. Centre of important matters. Centre that is sometimes dangerous, shocking, surprising. The spectacles presented by the artists in this cycle will take up the important topics in starkly varied ways. Artists use improvisation, build tension with micro-movements, use performative techniques, combine different dancing styles and different fields of art: dance/theatre/film/music/visual arts ? they use video, build installations or act in empty spaces. One thing that all the artists’ performances have in common is that they are like the eye of the storm ? they take up themes that are important, stormy, sometimes dangerous, extreme, but close to all of us.
After each spectacle, we host conversations between the artists and the audience
We started on 18 September 2017
We invite you every Monday
Tickets / available at Kadr Culture Centre’s website: https://www.dkkadr.waw.pl/
Organised by: PERFORM Artistic Foundation, Theatre Development Foundation ?New Wave? / HOTELOKO movement makers
Project partner: KADR Culture Centre
Cooperation: Center in Motion, Burdąg Foundation, Body/Mind Foundation, ?Ciało Się? Foundation, Movementum Foundation/Warsaw Dance Department, ?Myśl w Ciele? Foundation/Warsaw Laboratory of Kinetography, Eferte Dance Development Foundation / Mufmi Dance Theatre, Contemporary Stage Foundation / Zawirowania Dance Theatre, Art and Present Time Foundation, Dance Art Foundation, Tradition and Art Transformation Foundation / NTF Dance Theatre, ?Social Skills Academy? Association/ The Theatre Limen – Butoh, Format ZERO Association and Art Collective, Ja Ja Ja Ne Ne Ne Association / TukaWach, Open Space Association / Warsaw Dance Theatre, New Art Association
Media patronage: portal taniecPOLSKA.pl, e-teatr, TVP Kultura, RDC, teatr dla was.pl, TEATR, warsawholic
The project is co-financed by The Capital City of Warsaw
Photo Marta Ankiersztejn