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We are happy to inform that between 30 October and 1 November 2019, at the School of Music and Dance of the San Diego State University in California, the Institute of Music and Dance will realise the project entitled The Roots of Dance / Korzenie Tańca, financed from the funds of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland within the Inspiring Culture programme. The project, developed in co-operation with San Diego State University, will consist in conducting Polish traditional dance workshops with elements of instrumental music workshops and choreographic workshops inspired by Polish tradition. The workshops will be carried out at the Faculty of Music and Dance of San Diego State University.


For three consecutive days, Piotr Zgorzelski ? the founder of the Academy of Traditional Dance together with Anna Čemeljić will conduct the workshops entitled The Body in Traditional Rhythm: Contact, Harmony, Community, Communication, Improvisation Presented on the Example of Polish Traditional Dances.


The workshops are open for both dance and music students. During the workshops, the students will have the opportunity to learn several Polish traditional melodies from musicians from the WoWaKin ensemble.


San Diego University students will also have a chance to take part in choreographic workshops inspired by Polish dance traditions. The workshop will be conducted by Aleksandra Dziurosz.


Both workshops will be accompanied by WoWaKin ensemble: Paula Kinaszewska ? violin, singing; Bartłomiej Woźniak ? baraban, percussion instruments, banjolele, singing and Mateusz Wachowiak ? three-row accordion, bass.


For the grand finale of the project, the organisers have prepared a special concert of Polish traditional music played live by WaWoKin. The concert will be supplemented with the presentation of the workshop participants and a dance party. The concert will take place on 1 November at 7 p.m. at Dance Studio Theater and will be open to the public. All events are free of charge.


The promotion of the project is supported by its partner ? the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles.




About the worshops: The Body in Traditional Rhythm: Contact, Harmony, Community, Communication, Improvisation Presented on the Example of Polish Traditional Dances


Apart from learning specific steps of Polish traditional dances in their original un-stylised version, the main goal of the workshop is to pass on to the participants several experiences related to Polish traditional dances or, looking from a wider perspective, experiences related to the phenomenon of traditional dance in general. The dances that we will introduce during the workshop are mostly couple dances based on even and odd rhythms (e.g. polka, oberek). We will pay attention to the language of harmony, community, communication, improvisation and expression in particular dances, embodied in the way the dances are performed. We will look at the social function of dance, which, despite differences, is similar in different cultures.


During the workshop, we will also focus on the interaction with the other person and other participants of the dance event. The workshop will also bring to the surface the properties of different movement phenomena that result from the relationship between partners in a dance couple, between individuals in a group, relations formed in the community of dancers and relations between musicians and dancers as well as dancers and external observers of the dance event.


In the process of the workshops we will attempt to create a situation, in which, the ability of using the language of movement that results from incorporating the technique of the Polish traditional dances such as ? mazurek, oberek, kujawiak, krakowiak, wiwat, various forms of polka or the so-called chodzony ? will be the starting point for joint or individual movement expression, improvisation and their more frequent use in contemporary dance practice.

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