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On Tuesday, 16 June (8 pm at ZKM, Zagreb Youth Theatre ? Zagrebačko kazalište mladih) the 32nd Croatian Dance Week Festival, held by the Zagreb Dance Centre and the Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance, will welcome “Nijinsky. The Rite of Dreams”. The piece is a new take on Igor Stravinsky’s iconic ballet, a solo performance that is a journey through Vatslav Nijinsky’s different states of consciousness. Its creators, Sławomir Krawczyński, Tomasz Wygoda and Anna Godowska, draw on Nijinsky’s “Dairy” and his art. Performed by Tomasz Wygoda.


From the creators: 


We based our work on Nijinsky’s Diary, which seemed to us a book of dreams dreamt while awake and hastily recorded. Using different techniques of working with the unconscious, we went deeper and deeper into the experiences Nijinsky described to discover their hidden sense, the underlying meaning. We approached Nijinsky’s ballet in a similar fashion. As a result, we uncovered a world which continuously verged on ecstasy and nothingness, torn by opposites, but at the same time yearning for humanity?s childhood when thought was guided by the heart and community grew from ritual, whilst contact with God was as direct as with another human being. This world has found its dramaturgic reflection in Stravinsky?s The Rite of Spring. The work seemed to be waiting for an adaptation devoted to Vaslav Nijinsky. The Rite of Spring as The Rite of Dreams.



I am God in a body. Everyone has that feeling, but no one uses it. I do make use of it, and know its results. I love its results.
Vaslav Nijinsky, Diary



Concept, libretto, direction, lighting: Slawek Krawczyński

Dance: Tomasz Wygoda

Choreography: Anna Godowska, Tomasz Wygoda / process work Slawek Krawczyński

Music: Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring , played by the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein, 1958

Costume concept: Sławomir Krawczyński, Tomasz Wygoda

Production: Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk

Premiere: 1 September 2013, Stary Browar/Old Brewery, Studio Słodownia +3, Poznań


The play uses remixed fragments of Nijinsky’s choreographies for The Afternoon of a Faun and The Rite of Spring.


The piece won two awards of the Polish Dance Platform 2014 in Lublin:for the best production and the best performer: Tomasz Wygoda. 


It was also ranked among the best pieces of dance theatre of 2013/14 by Teatr magazine. 


About the festival: 


DANCE WEEK FESTIVAL (Tjedan suvremenog plesa) is Croatia?s primary international festival of contemporary dance, movement theatre and mime. This annual festival, organized by Institute for Movement and Dance was founded in 1982 by its Artistic Producer Mirna Žagar. Its eclectic programming is a platform for encounters of diverse choreographic and artistic visions meet and stimulate dialogue across the arts disciplines. The Festival offers a context to the development of new ideas, alongside world renown names and choreographic living legends exist trend setting authors, and the space for emerging talent as well as a point for reflection on the art of dance within the overall Croatian culture and society.


Highlights of the Festival?s past programming include: Susanne Linke, Trisha Brown, Nederlands Dans Theater, Christina de Chatel, Batsheva Dance Company, PC and Emio Greco, Josef Nadj, Random Dance, CandoCo, Carol Brown, Truus Bronkhorst, Xavier Le Roy, Sankai Juku, Donald Byrd, Angelin Preljocaj, Akram Khan, Rosemary Butcher, Siobbhan Davies, Daniel Léveillé, Holy Body Tatto?to mention only some. 


The festival has promoted and produced several generations of Croatian dance artists and has created bridges for international cultural exchange and collaboration, contributing to the increasing presence of a new generation of Croatian choreographers firmly connected to European centres and working both abroad as well as within the country (Ivana Müller, Andreja Božić, Irma Omerzo, Bad Co., Marija Šćekić, Marjana Krajač?).


An integral part of each Festival edition is the ancillary programming consisting of round-table discussions, exhibitions, workshops, informal meetings and networking sessions. Participation in the festival is by invitation only.



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