In the upcoming days, dance art experts from Poland, the USA, Brazil, Great Britain, and Ukraine will participate in an international conference on the output of eminent Polish women choreographers and dancers who contributed to the evolution of dance worldwide. Scheduled for September 28-29, 2021, the event will be held online, providing an opportunity to summarize the Choreographic Territories project initiated by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in 2017, and implemented in collaboration with the National Institute of Music and Dance.

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The conference program features three main threads, devoted respectively to the role of women in the evolution of contemporary dance; the regional and transregional perspectives on the historiography of European dance in the 20th century; and the interlinks between contemporary dance and national and folk dances. The conference puts to the fore the body of work and influences of eminent dance artists: Pola Nireńska, Bronisława Niżyńska, Marie Rambert, Ruth Sorel, and Yanka Rudzka. Their artistic personalities were shaped in Central and Eastern Europe before they went on to exert influence on the development of global contemporary dance, among others in Great Britain, the USA, Canada, and Brazil. The conference will be available in Polish, English, and Russian.

During the conference, the panelists will explore 20th century Polish dance avant-garde on the examples of selected Polish women choreographers, who went on to become dance pioneers of their era and entered the annals of global dance. Invited experts will address several key questions, including the following: Did the countries situated between the political and cultural poles of Russia and Western Europe manage to establish themselves as autonomous entities in the field of dance? How did dance impact the shaping of national identities under shifting political realities? What were the overlaps between traditional and avant-garde art in the respective countries? To what degree is national dance history complementary with European and global dance history? Last but not least, how can we embed microhistorical narratives and biographies in macrohistory?

The conference will be accompanied by screenings of pieces created during previous editions of the Choreographic Territories project, including Yanka Rudzka Project: Polyphony directed by Joanna Leśnierowska, Second Nature by Agata Siniarska and Karolina Grzywnowicz, and Rambert: A Triptych by Joanna Czajkowska, Małgorzata Dzierżon and Anna Akabali.

Direct links to conference streams and presentations will be available on its official Facebook profile:

Implemented in collaboration with the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport as part of the Multiannual Program NIEPODLEGŁA 2017-2022.

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