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On the last Sunday of February (26 February, 7 pm) the Żak Club in Gdańsk will host the premieres of performances produced as part of the Residency/Premiere 2017 Competition and the 9th Gdańsk Dance Festival. Supervised by the coach Marc Vanrunxt, young artists:  Natalia Rytelewska- Chilczuk, and the duo of Daniela Komędera and Dmytro Grynov will present their new pieces, Obieg człowieka w przyrodzie [Human Circulation in Nature]  and I GOINDEEPE/ANDANCE, respectively.


About the pieces:


Human Circulation in Nature


Coal is a fundamental building material of organisms. Our energetic economy is based on coal, and coal burning vitally contributes to air pollution. Do we live in a coal-dominant world? Does the circulation of coal in nature overlap with the cycle of human life? Can we escape from industrialization and return to nature? The idea of the piece was born during a year-long scholarship in Germany, which took Natalia 1000 m below the ground to follow the work of miners extracting hard coal. Her dream is to stage dance performances in former electric power plants and coal mines such as the Zeche Zollverein in Essen.


concept/choreography/performance: Natalia Rytelewska-Chilczuk

artistic collaboration: Marc Vanrunxt

produced as part of the Gdańsk Dance Festival 2017

duration: 15 min. 


Natalia Rytelewska-Chilczuk is a student of the Aleksander Zelwerowicz Theatre Academy in Warsaw and a graduate of the Inter-Faculty Environmental Studies and Cultural Studies at the University of Warsaw. Her works focus on the links between the environment and culture. A participant of the Creative Site Specific Dance and Performance online course, she has honed her dance skills at ballet schools in Gdańsk and Warsaw, as well as at the International Contemporary Dance Conferences and Dance Art Festivals in Bytom (workshops with Jacek Łumiński, Slava Krichmariev, Victoria Fox, and other pedagogues).





Does the event in which you participate make you feel independent? Are you a pan on someone else?s chessboard? Do you impose your will on the body, or does Your will belong to someone else? Freedom is the only word with which I can get carried away. The project involves a collaboration between artists representing two Slavic countries: Poland and Ukraine. It is a genuine attempt to examine the current cultural and political circumstances, which the artists experience in the process of independent expression of their thoughts and feelings, both on stage and in personal life.

concept/choreography/performance: Daniela Komędera, Dmytro Grynov

artistic collaboration: Marc Vanrunxt


costumes: Patrycja Piwosz

Stage design: Małgorzata Iwaniuk

produced as part of the Gdańsk Dance Festival 2017

duration: 35 min.


Daniela Komędera ? as a student, she danced in Jacek Łumiński?s pieces (Kocham tylko i wyłącznie całym sercem nie-rozłącznie Magdalenę [I love Magdalena only, with my whole heart, never apart from Magdalena] (diploma piece)) and with the Lublin Dance Theatre (The Rite of Spring), and co-created Heimsuchung/Nawiedzenie in Munich (awarded the Marshall of the Silesian Province prize) and Zrabowali mi składaka [They Stole My Folding Bike] at the residency in Gdańsk?s Klub Żak (Rezydencja/Premiera 2014), presented at Festival Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, among others. She danced in Maciej Kuźmiński?s Room 40, awarded the audience prize at the Polish Dance Platform, as well as in Różnica i Powtórzenie [Difference and Repetition]. She collaborates with the Amareya Theatre and the Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre. She was awarded scholarships from the Ministry of Science and higher Education and the Mayor of Bielsko-Biała.


Dmytro Grynov has danced with Polish, Russian and Ukrainian companies; he is also active as an independent performer. In the recent years, he has collaborated with dancers and choreographers linked to such companies and institutions as the Batsheva Dance Company, Gothenburg Operans Danskompani, Ultima Vez, Korzo, including Erez Zohar Yaniv Abraham, Guy Shomroni, Jim de Block, Jasper van Luijk, Zebastian Mente Maligna. He has also studied Dutch pantomime, physical theatre, Countertechnique?, acting, ballet and contemporary dance styles. His pedagogues include the former dancers of the Nederlands Dans Theater (Ivan Perez Joerri DUBB, Marina Mascarell, Sarah Murphy, Karolina Mancuso).





The Competition is organised to seek out a performance project in broadly defined contemporary dance. The goal of the Competition is to support and promote contemporary dance/contemporary ballet. Selected projects will be developed at the Żak Club from February through April 2017. The artists who qualify for the project will receive funding to develop the submitted piece, along with technical assistance (sound engineer and lighting engineer), pre-premiere publicity, rehearsal space, and coaching supervision  from an esteemed dancer and choreographer.




TICKETS (valid for both shows)
PLN 20 / PLN 15 – Karta Do Kultury card holders* / PLN 10  ? high school and university students*, seniors / PLN 5 ? Karta Dużej Rodziny card holders* / PLN 3 ? Karta Tancerza card holders*

* upon presentation of a valid student ID and CARD when purchasing tickets (only one reduced ticket can be purchased using a given document)

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Contact:; phone no.: +48 58 344 05 73 or +48 58 345 15 90 ? extension 117 / Tickets may be paid for in cash, by credit card or bank transfer (upon prior arrangement with the ticket office).

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The number of tickets in each pool is limited. Purchased tickets and books of tickets are non-returnable. All prices are VAT-inclusive. Viewers who are late to the show will not be admitted to the audience and will not be entitled to refunds for unused tickets. Please be advised to arrive on time.

The number of seats for each show is limited, and the seats are numbered. As per venue policy policy, the events hosted by Club Żak cannot be recorded or photographed (this includes concerts, performances, films and workshops). Club Żak reserves the right to change the repertoire.



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