The Polish Dance Theatre will present on 29?30 April 2016 at 8 pm (MP2 Hall, ul. Głogowska 14) Kroniki czasu przyszłego. Żywa Historia. Przedmiot myśli (The Chronicles of the Future. Live History. Thinking Object), a performance choreographed by Paweł Malicki. The show and accompanying events are held within the National Centre for Culture Poland programme Baptism966. Promise 2016. The performance consists of two parts, Live History and Thinking Object.
Duke Bolesław, who later became King Bolesław Chrobry, set out with his large company for a wild land of dense woods and thickets surrounded by lakes and wetlands. Suddenly, in a place called Skulska Kępa today, the hunting dogs started to bark. After long search, the hunters found a bizarre scene. In the midst of a dense forest, they saw Holy Mother and dogs lying on the ground and whining in reverence. Duke Bolesław offered himself and his court to Virgin Mary. He had a chapel built on this holy site, followed by a settlement called Skomsk, after the Polish word skomlenie (whining), later renamed Skulsk.
Good people live here, people filled with history and faith, and connected to this special land. In this place marked by a miracle, Henryk Buszkiewicz was born, an energetic, outstanding and honourable man, the husband of Halina. He was an extraordinary fan of Skulska Kępa, as well as of local nature and history.
In times that were difficult for our Homeland, he made a heroic act. On the memorable day of 11 November 1956, he removed a five-pointed star, the symbol of the Soviet occupant, from a platform in a central location in Skulsk. He replaced it with an eagle that his father, a wise smith, had cast from iron, creating the symbol of free Poland.
Armela Kochaniecka, an enterprising, educated and energetic woman, is his great fan and eminent successor. As a local activist, she is particularly eager to spread the word among young people. She always welcomes them to the History Museum, a genuine treasury of local history, that she runs on the premises of the former parish house in Skulska Kępa. Also, she is absolutely convinced that it was here, in Warzymowo, a small village with 200 residents, in a small house next to the old castle, where Rzepicha, also called Rzepka, was born.
The excellent merits of these two people are complemented by the work of Halina Wyderska, a dignified and elegant woman, a historian by profession and by hobby. For forty years she has shared her passion with each new generation of children from Skulsk. And with her writings, she has made her extensive knowledge available to the public. A fan of Skulsk nature, she expresses this love through photography.
This is what this land is about. A little motherland. Rich in legends, traditions and stories that are alive, as they are filled with people.
(Legenda o ludziach ze Skulska / A Legend About Skulsk People, P.M.)
Objects are always all right and unfortunately, cannot be accused of anything. I have never noticed a chair trodding impatiently or a bed rearing up. Also the tables, even if they are tired, dare not kneel. I suspect that the objects do it for educational purposes, in order to constantly remind us of our instability.
(Przedmioty / Objects, Zbigniew Herbert)
now you have
more beautiful than the object
more beautiful than the space it used to take
this is a preworld
a white paradise
of all opportunities
you may enter it
vertical ? horizontal
a perpendicular lightning bolt
will strike the naked horizon
we can stop there
after all, you have created the world already
(Studium przedmiotu / Study of an Object, Zbigniew Herbert, excerpt)
Choreography and direction: Paweł Malicki
Music: Krzysztof ?Wiki? Nowikow
Multimedia: Daniel Stryjecki
Lighting: Ewa Garniec
Costumes/stage design: Adriana Cygankiewicz
Head of artistic team /assistant to choreographer: Anna Gruszka
Vocals: Złocista Jesień vocal group
Dancers and co-creators:
Live History: Andrzej Adamczak, Agata Ambrozińska-Rachuta, Adriana Cygankiewicz, Fabian Fejdasz, Agnieszka Fertała, Zbigniew Kocięba, Bartłomiej Raźnikiewicz, Katarzyna Rzetelska
Thinking Object: Urszula Bernat-Jałocha, Fabian Fejdasz, Agnieszka Fertała, Zbigniew Kocięba, Katarzyna Kulmińska, Teresa Dias Manjua, Marcin Motyl, Adrian Radwański, Sandra Szatan, Emily Wong, Daniel Stryjecki/Paweł Malicki
Production: Polish Dance Theatre
Production manager: Katarzyna Anioła
Technical manager: Grzegorz Okupniak
Lighting production: Mariusz Porada, Przemysław Gapczyński
Sound and video production: Zuzanna Majewska, Mateusz Rogaliński
Stage manager: Mariola Hendrykowska
Wardrobe assistant: Jolanta Jurak
Live History, an exhibition presenting items from the collection of the Regional History Museum in Skulsk and from the private collections of residents of Skulsk commune, a region connected with the birth of the Polish state. Exhibition days: 29?30 April and 7 May 2016, MP2 Hall at the Poznań International Fair, 7 pm
Physical activity workshops for senior citizens from rural areas, run by dance teachers Ewa Wycichowska, Paulina Wycichowska and Paweł Malicki. The classes will use movement and dance in order to help the participants get more involved in local cultural and community activities. Commune Culture Centre in Skulsk, 1 May?30 June 2016.
Tickets to premieres cost 40 or 20 PLN and can be bought at the Polish Dance Theatre office (4 Kozia St., tel. 61 858 04 56) or online at: www.bilety.ptt-poznan.pl. Admission to the exhibition is free.
The performance and accompanying events will receive financial assistance from the National Centre for Culture Poland programme Baptism966. Promise 2016.