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At the beginning of 2013, the Polish Dance Theatre (PTT) launched its series XL. Polski Teatr Tańca wczoraj i dziś [XL. Polish Dance Theatre Now and Before], which goes back to explore PTT’s achieves, reinterpretations and artists’ conversations, allowing the audience to re-discover the most important events and shows of the past, and to learn some unknown facts from the theatre’s history. The material presented to date covered the period of 1973-84, recalling such noted works as Adagio na skrzypce i organy [Adagio for Violin and Organ],Epitafium dla Don Juana [Epitaph for Don Juan],Krzesanyor Yesterday, and offering the audience their contemporary remixes.

Currently, the theatre is working on the fourth episode of the XL series entitled Party… w cieniu [Party… in the shadow], which will premiere on 8 April (8 pm) at Centrum Kultury ZAMEK in Poznań. The newest episode will cover the period of 1985-88, which was abundant in dramatic developments, numerous personnel changes, including the resignation of director Conrad Drzewiecki in June 1987. The guest performers to appear on stage are Mirosław Różalski, long-time teacher, assistant choreographer, and PTT’s artistic director in the 1987/88 season, as well as former soloists: Ewa Sobiak and Ryszard Węgrzynek. The show features: Andrzej Adamczak, Agnieszka Fertała, Paweł Malicki, Tomasz Pomersbach and Katarzyna Rzetelska. Written and hosted by Ewa Wycichowska.

On the following day, Wednesday, 9 April (8 pm) the same venue will house the performance of one of PTT’s most successful pieces – Minus 2 in Ohad Naharin’s choreography. Praised as one of the best contemporary choreographers, Ohad Naharin was born in 1952 in Kibbutz Mizra, Izrael.His dance education started at the Batsheva Dance Company, where his talent was recognised by Marta Graham, who invited Ohad to join her ensemble. About the show he said: “Minus 2 is a form of reconstruction. I like to rework, or change, some existing fragments, create the possibility to look at them from a different perspective. This always teaches me something new about my work and produces a new composition. I used scenes from different pieces. It was like telling only the beginning, the middle or the ending of different stories which, put together, formed a whole as coherent as the original. Or even more so.”

Tickets: PLN 30 and 15 (reduced) may be bought at PTT’s artistic agency (ul. Kozia 4, Poznań), on at CK ZAMEK’s ticket offices (ul. Św. Marcin 80/82, Poznań)

Also in April, the Polish Dance Theatre will perform at the Regional Culture Centre “Fabryka Emocji” in the town of Piła. The show is part of the project “Znajdź miejsce dla tańca” [Find a Place to Dance] run thanks to the financial support of the Institute of Music and Dance. On 12 Aril PTT will present two shows: Jesień-Nuembir(choreography: Jacek Przybyłowicz) and Wiosna-Effatha(choreography: Ewa Wycichowska). On 28 April audiences will have the last chance to see PTT’s artists in action this month. They will perform Minus 2 for the second time in April during the Kielce Dance Festival (7 pm).

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