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On 11-27 October Tarnów-Mościce will host the 3rd International Festival of Dance Theatres “Scena Otwarta”, or Open Stage. This year the festival will be the place of dialogue and an attempt at understanding the identity and artistic sensitivity of artists coming from different cultural backgrounds but sharing the same passion for dance theatre. The event will feature eight theatre ensembles from different parts of the world, constituting a multicultural meeting and a confrontation of different theatrical techniques, “national characters”, workshops and artistic visions. The audience will be treated to performances of Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt and Jo Strømgren Kompani of Norway;Cie Hervé KOUBI (France); Compagnie Thor (Belgium); Maria Kong Dancers Company (Israel). Poland will be represented by the ballet of the Silesian Opera, Teatr Wielki [Stanisław Moniuszko Grand Theatre] in Poznań and the Impart Art Centre. The programme will also include theatrical workshops and dance film competition.

Artists of a given country, rooted in its culture, customs, history and religion, talk and describe the world in a specific way. But they also speak the language of dance which does not need words. The festival’s third edition asks how technique is influenced by cultural identity. Searching for the answer, the audience will attain a higher level of cultural competence and dance education, while the dancers, choreographers and directors from Poland and abroad will exchange valuable mutual experiences.

The festival is financed by the EEG funds 2009-2014 provided by Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway, the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, as well as the Małopolskie province.

The 3rd International Festival of Dance Theatres SCENA OTWARTA will feature:

Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt (Norway) –Praeambulum

Jo Strømgren Kompani (Norway) –A Dance Tribute to the Art of Football

Cie Hervé KOUBI (France) –Ce que le jour doit à la nuit

Compagnie Thor (Belgium) –Clear Tears / Troubled Waters

Maria Kong Dancers Company (Israel) –Open Source

Ballet of the Silesian Opera (Poland) –Romeo i Julia [Romeo and Juliet]

Teatr Wielki in Poznań –Święto Wiosny [The Rite of Spring],Sacre

Impart Art Centre –Prometeusz [Prometheus]

The festival’s ambassadors:

Ewa Wycichowska– choreographer, teacher, dancer, professor of musical art, head of the dance department of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, director of the Polish Dance Theatre

Jacek Przybyłowicz– Polish dancer and choreographer, deputy director for ballet of Teatr Wielki im. Stanisława Moniuszki [Stanisław Moniuszko Grand Theatre] in Poznań.

Accompanying events:

Dance workshopsfor young dancers to bring their contemporary dance technique to a higher level run by Norwegian choreographer Hege Haagenrud and Polish dancer and choreographer Iwona Pasińska, to complete with a performance and documentary film depicting the passion for dance and emotions accompanying the production of the performance


TV Magazine “Open stage”: a showcase of film presenting all the dance theatres and productions of the festival aimed at raising the audience’s competence as regards the reception of dance theatre through defining, or redefining, the term.

Film festival “Dance My Life and Love ” A showcase of different film forms: feature films, etudes, documentaries, full-length animation and reportage.

Internet platform “Multimedia dance track” An interactive database for uploading and downloading information on theatre and dance, initiating international cooperation, exchange between theatres, choreographers and artists, co-created with Norwegian partners. The users will keep track of the cultural heritage of respective countries, showcasing the multiculturalism and diversity of dance theatre’s history.

Exhibition of dance photographyFeaturing photography of Norway’s Knut Bry, the exhibition focuses on movement as an impulse, creative force, trigger of transformation or destruction, that is a work which captures the emotions of a moving body. An exhibition catalogue will be published.

A book presenting dance theatre as a demanding discipline that draws inspiration from contemporary cultural developments but is accessible to a wide range of the public.

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The festival’s programme

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