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This coming November will mark the 9th edition of the annual Dance Days at Teatr Wielki ? Polish National Opera. The review will take place on 10-26 November, showcasing the latest performances by the Polish National Ballet as well as a presentation by the Łódź Grand Theatre, as well as the first visit to Poland by the world-famous Dance Theatre of Harlem, topped by a presentation by Balletto di Roma at the Polish National Opera Chamber Music Hall.


The festival will begin with the premiere presentations of Polish Ballets by the Polish National Ballet (10, 12 and 14 November). A ballet night based on the music by three illustrious Polish interwar composers, Polish Ballets present new stage interpretations of those compositions created by three up-and-coming Polish choreographers. Robert Bondara casts a new, contemporary light on Eugeniusz Morawiecki?s long-forgotten Świtezianka [The Nymph of Lake Świteź] based on Adam Mickiewicz?s Romantic ballad. Jacek Tyski revived Sextuor, a completely obscure ballet by Aleksander Tansman, offering a piece of ballet wit titled Na pięciolinii [On the Staff]. Jacek Przybyłowicz choreographed the beautiful Violin concerto no. 2 by Karol Szymanowski, showcasing a range of the company?s top dancers. 


Apart from the preparations for the new performance, the Polish National Ballet will also present its riveting Chopiniana/Bolero/Chroma night (21-22 November) and a hugely popular new version of Swan Lake (24-26 November) choreographed by Krzysztof Pastor.


One intriguing current in the festival programme will be the American choreography showcase. Beginning with the now-classical piece by the godmother of American modern ballet, Martha Graham, through Stravinsky?s The Rite of Spring and Wojciech Kilar?s Krzesany (19 November) choreographed by Henryk Konwiński (both presented by the Łódź Grand Theatre), the festival will also include a choreographic explosion in the form of the outstanding African-American Dance Theatre of Harlem (New York). On 16 and 17 November, the company will take to the stage, presenting two diverse programmes featuring as many as eight pieces choreographed by Robert Garland, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Dianne McIntyre, Ulysses Dove, and the classic of American contemporary dance José Limón.


The guest performances by the Dance Theatre of Harlem are sponsored by Siemens.


Partner: American Embassy in Warsaw



This year?s edition of the festival will also feature the intriguing Italian company Balletto di Roma, who will present a contemporary version of the popular Romantic ballet Giselle, choreographed by Chris Harning and Itamar Serussi Sahar (15 November). Thus, the festival promises to cater to diverse predilections, offering a plethora of shows to choose from.


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