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Poison ? the new production of the Polish Dance Theatre that will have its premiere on the 25 February, refers to medieval dance epidemics. Poison is choreographed by Marta Ziółek and Anka Herbut is responsible for the texts and dramaturgy. Choreographically, Poison refers to non-theatrical, extra-social dances (social dancing) that have the power to build physical community and physical empathy ? especially during social gatherings, protests happening in the urban space or clubs.


The premiere will take place on 25 February 2020 at 8 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Castle in Poznań. The second presentation is planned for 3 March 2020 at 8 p.m. in the same venue.




? What does dancing mean to you?

? Everything. It’s all I have. When I dance, I can afford to be someone.

? Who?

? Someone other than normal.

? Who?

? The best possible worse version of myself.

? Do you believe in paradise?

? When I dance sometimes I think I get this high.

? Your worst nightmare?

? Not being able to move, losing the ability to feel.

? What would you do if you couldn’t dance?

? I would like to disappear.


Poison refers to medieval dance epidemics, whose various forms were defined in the 19th  century as choreomania. Etymologically, choreomania combines the Greek words choros (dance) and mania (madness), thus calling spontaneous, non-canonical and inconvenient movement manifestations of bodies in public space. Historically, the ?dance plagues? took place in medieval Europe, but in Poison they are placed in the current social context. So there are references to Climax by Gaspar Noé or to the folly madness that Keith Flint ? the Prodigy frontman ? sang about in the song entitled Poison.


Choreographically, Poison refers to extra-social dances (social dancing) that have the power to build physical community and physical empathy ? during social gatherings, protests that take place in the urban space or clubs. Working with a group of dancers from the Polish Dance Theater, Marta Ziółek (choreography) and Anka Herbut (texts and dramaturgy) study dance as both a passion and an intoxication. They observe how these two aspects of dance materialise themselves in individual bodies and personal stories. They move between individual perspective and group dynamics, taking a closer look at how dance can make a group out of a bunch of individuals, thus becoming a collective experience.


Choreographer and director: Marta Ziółek

Choreographer’s assistant, choreographic cooperation: Wojciech Grudziński

Texts and dramaturgy: Anka Herbut

Music: Lubomir Grzelak

Visualizations: Rafał Dominik

Costumes: Tomasz Armada

Lighting design: Aleksandr Prowaliński

Voice: Dobromir Dymecki

Photos, video: Karolina Sobel

Assistant: Paulina Jaksim

Costume designer’s assistant: Martyna Konieczny

Choreographic cooperation on voguing scenes: Magdalena Marcinkowska

Choreographic cooperation on krump scenes: Piotr ZONTA Król

Dancers and contributors:

Amy Basely, Evelyn Blue, Kacper Bożek, Julia Hałka, Paulina Jaksim, Patryk Jarczok, Katarzyna Kulmińska, Dominik Kupka, Paweł Malicki, Daniel Michna, Michał Przybyła, Adrian Radwański, Katarzyna Rzetelska, Sandra Szatan, Emily Wong-Adryańczyk

Performance service: Adriana Cygankiewicz, Przemysław Gapczyński, Piotr Grywaczewski, Zuzanna Majewska, Grzegorz Potocki, Daniel Wiśniewski

Producer: Robert Chodyła

Production: Polish Dance Theatre

Media partners: Vogue, WTK/, /IKS, Gazeta Wyborcza

Media support:

Partner: Koleje Wielkopolskie/Wielkopolska Railway


The premiere takes place as part of the Year of Scoffs ? the Polish Dance Theatre?s programme, planned for 2020 ? which is a time of liberation through laughter and appreciation of the role of humour in life and theatre.




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