On Thursday, 19 December (7 pm) final year students of the Dance Theatre Department in Bytom, a division of the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Krakow (PWST), will premiere their graduation performance As You Like It (Dance Theatre Department’s auditorium, ul. Piłsudskiego 24a). The two-piece performance was directed and choreographed by Brian Michaels, British theatre and opera director whose work is characteristic for its universal take on the classics. Michaels created two productions to be staged in succession – one featuring solely male dancers, the other performed by females exclusively. According to the director, no other dramatic play looks at possibilities offered by love as As You Like It does. The combinations, confrontations, contrasts and configurations are limitless, still valid in our time, still exciting and surprising. It is the only Shakespeare play that uses single sex cast, and it is perhaps the first event that two single sex sets of cast representing the opposite sexes have staged it as part of one performance.
Michaels describes the performance briefly: “You are a boy playing a girl who is playing a boy playing a boy/girl whom your lover must learn to love; or you are a girl playing a girl who is playing a boy playing a girl/boy whom your lover must learn to love – or you are a man playing a man, or perhaps you have just landed on an mysterious planet and you have difficulty breathing, or you discover that the jungle you are in is not at all different from your guest room.”
Next presentations: 20-22 December, 6 pm.
Conception, direction and stage design: Brian Michaels
Creation and performance: final year students of the Department of Dance Theatre, Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Krakow (PWST)
FEMALES:Katarzyna Antoń, Karolina Gibowska, Daria Jakubik, Agnieszka Jania, Olga Korcz, Marta Termena, Angelika Tomasiak, Agafia Wieliczko, Joanna Wydra
MALES:Kamil Bończyk, Wojciech Chowaniec, Szymon Dobosik, Adrian Koszewski, Krzysztof Nowakowski, Jan Lorys, Stanisław Iwanicki, Tomek Urbański, Piotr Wach, Jarek Widuch, Mateusz Wojtasiński, Filip Wójcik
music: Agafia Wieliczko
costume design: Grażyna Żubrowska, Anna Zwiefka
photos: Bartłomiej Barczyk
graphic and web design: Tomasz Opasiński & Adrian Dudkowski
production: Department of Dance Theatre in Bytom (WTT), Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Krakow (PWST)
PWST WTT coordinator: Julia Bromberek
In association with the Makeup Artist Training College FAM