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The Polish Dance Theatre of Poznań and bodytalk of Münster are pleased to invite everyone to the German premiere of their new piece SOLIDARITOT I Solidar-noc, which will take place on 12-13 December at 8 pm. The premiere will be hosted by Theater im Pumpenhaus in Münster (Gartenstraße 123).


About the piece:


With reference to the latest life disturbances, the Polish Dance Theatre of Poznań (Poland) and bodytalk of Münster (Germany) wish to contemplate the following question: what does it mean to us all?


August 1980 saw the beginning of the Polish summer of love. Children couldn?t wait to be awakened. In their sleep, they were dreaming of working for the shipyard as crane operators and electricians. The newly launched ships were about to depart for freedom. As they conquered the heart of Europe, did they touch POLar cold?


The following day, poets ? including those great ones ? were crying bitterly. The fall was greater than ever before, plunging them in the depths of silence. And then, the word disappeared, and the language remained that no longer contained it: SOLIDARITY.


The piece was co-choreographed and co-directed by Yoshiko Waki, who has worked in Berlin with the originator of political dance theatre Johann Kresnik, and the director Rolf Baumgart, he co-founder of bodytalk. The piece marks the second collaboration between the Polish Dance Theatre and bodytalk after Jewrope (2014).


The Polish premiere SOLIDARITOT I Solidar-noc will take place on 18 December 2018 at the Studio Theatre in Warsaw as part of the Studio Dance Stage programme Piąta strona świata/Fifth Corner of the World (curators: Anna Królica & Adam Kamiński), followed by the Poznań premiere of the piece on 20 December at the ?Zamek? Culture Centre.


About the authors:

Born in 1965 in Japan, Yoshiko Waki graduated from the Faculty of Dance and Dance Pedagogy at the State Conservatory of Music and Dance in Heidelberg-Mannheim in Germany in 1985/86. Since then, she has danced and developed choreographies in a number of venues around the world, form Hamburg through Hong Kong. Her main collaborations included several independent companies in Germany; she also spent 2 years as a dancer with the City Contemporary Dance Company in Hong Kong. A participant in the projects of the Municipal Theatre in Münster and the State Theatre in Darmstadt, she then moved to work with the Volksbühne

in Berlin, where she joined Johann Kresnik?s company, working with such artists as, among others, Christoph Schlingensief. She then worked with the Bonn Opera, collaborating with such choreographers as Johann Kresnik and Susanne Linke. Together with the Berliner Philharmoniker and in collaboration with Vivienne Newport, she also developed the choreography for the social dance project ?Launen der Natur? (?Freaks of Nature?) by Jean-Philippe Rameau.


Direction, choreography, dramaturgy: Yoshiko Waki and Rolf Baumgart

Live music: Damian Pielka
Stage design: Mirosław Kaczmarek
Lighting: Klaus Dilger
Production coordinators: Maximilian Körner and Robert Chodyła

Coproduction: Theater im Pumpenhaus Münster


Starring and co-created by: Kacper Bożek, Julia Hałka, Paulina Jaksim, Katarzyna Kulmińska, Dominik Kupka, Volodymyr Makovskyi, Paweł Malicki, Michał Przybyła, Adrian Radwański, Katarzyna Rzetelska, Sandra Szatan, Dominik Więcek, Emily Wong


Lighting design: Przemysław Garczyński

Sound engineer: Zuzanna Majewska

Performance engineer: Daniel Wiśniewski

Stage manager: Grzegorz Potocki, Andrzej Przybyszewski

Graphic design: Piotr Zdanowicz

Duration: ca. 60 minutes

Performance restricted to audiences over 18 years of age.


bodytalk was founded in 2008 by Yoshiko Waki and director Rolf Baumgart following the liquidation of the dance section at the Bonn Opera. The company?s credo is ?what happens when dance collides with reality?? bodytalk is supported by “Spitzenforderung Tanz” (High-Peak-Funding) in North Rine Westphalia, frequently performing as the artist in residence with Theater Pumpenhaus in Munster. A laureate of numerous prizes, bodytalk has previously collaborated with the Polish Dance Company on the development of the award-winning piece Jewrope, awarded the Kölner Tanztheaterpreis for dance theatre companies (2014).  


Damian Pielka is a Warsaw-based composer, multi-instrumentalist and musical producer, founder and leader of Japoto, with whom he is about to release their first album titled ?Japoto.? Pielka composes scores for films and theatre performances. He has collaborated with bodytalk several times before, including during the development of their piece Jewrope.


Polski Teatr Tańca i bodytalk ?Solidaritot I Solidar-Noc? - belka logotypów (miniaturka)

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