On Thursday, 18 December (8 pm) the ZAMEK Culture Centre in Poznan hosts the Polish premiere of Jewrope, a collaboration between the Polish Dance Theatre and the German collective bodytalk, whose dancers and choreographer ? Japan’s Yoshiko Waki ? were previously members of the famous Johann Kresnik Choreographic Theatre. In Jewrope we can find brutal aesthetics characteristic for Kresnik, which has been considered, besides the theatre of Pina Bausch, as the most invigorating trend in dance theatre. The creators of the performance are asking themselves one question: what happens when dance collides with reality? Narrative motifs introduced by the artists refer to the Holocaust and show that we still have a lot to do before the reflection about it is ingrained in our consciousness. Jewrope is a piece that gives rise to strong, sometimes extreme, emotions and provokes a discussion, dealing with a new topic for dance theatre, a topic that enables the international group of performers a chance to display their individuality.
Next showing: Friday, 19 December, 8 pm.
The world premiere of Jewrope took place on 18 October in Cologne, Germany, and has been broadly discussed.
?’Would you shoot two panda bears to save one Jew?,’ the actors ask the audience, who quickly come back with an affirmative answer? Yet bodytalk do not stop halfway, the dancers and musicians test the limits and perhaps even a bit further. Their new production, Jewrope, an outcome of a collaboration with the Polish Dance Theatre, makes no exception, it shows dance on the verge of pain,? reviewer Thomas Linden wrote, emphasising as well that the piece is hardly comparable to anything in German theatre.
bodytalk, based in Cologne, creates dance theatre which is deeply rooted in the community in which it is produced. Lauded by the press as ?radically local? their work has garnered (inter)national acclaim. As a a critic wrote: ?One rarely sees such intelligent rambunctiousness in independent dance… standing apart from the cultlike Berlin dance scene which playacts as adults, bodytalk displays a sincere but knowing forthrightness. Artistic directors of state and city theatres, please take care!?.
Dancer and Choreographer Yoshiko Waki and former members of the Choreographic Theatre of Johann Kresnik (Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, Opera Bonn) founded bodytalk six years ago. Since 2012 bodytalk receives in NRW the ?Spitzenförderung Tanz?. Their work was distinguished with several prizes, i.a.: Movement – Art – Prize for the best independent production of the year, Authors – and Producer ? Prize, Bremen.
Choreography: Yoshiko Waki
Production: Rolf Baumgart
Music: Damian Pielka
Set design and costumes: Petra Korink
Lights: Thomas Achtner
Cast: Kornelia Lech, Paulina Wycichowska, Urszula Bernat-Jałocha, Bartłomiej Raźnikiewicz, Paweł Malicki
Charlie Fouchier, Krzysztof Raczkowski, Mack Kubicki, Sylvana Seddig
World premiere: 18 and 19 October 2014, TanzFaktur Köln, Cologne, Germany.
Polish premiere: 18 and 19 December 2014, ZAMEK Culture Centre, Poznań, Poland.
Performance for adult audience!