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Dada Theatre

"Le Sacre"

Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” serves as a point of departure for the fortieth production of Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre. However, bypassing this milestone in the history of dance theatre, Le Sacre bases itself on the apocryphal transcript of the purported original version of the ballet, rejected by Diaghilev. The apocrypha was created by Leszek Bzdyl and Mikolaj Trzaska (music). As critics emphasise, it is the company’s most perfected performance, the most serious production, which, at the same time, does not relinquish the pinch of irony so characteristic of the Dada von Bzdülöw’s other productions. Combining dance theatre with elements typical of drama theatre “Le Sacre” is a contemporary variation on the theme of sacrifice, understood differently than in the Stravinsky’s piece. Anybody can be become a sacrifice, not just one singled out person. “Le Sacre” thickens and intensifies the theme, disposing of the Slavic entourage and directing the audience’s attention to the contemporary forms of inflicting death.

Le Sacre received Best Theatre Show of 2009 title by the votes of the board of City of Gdańsk Theatre Award.

directed by: Leszek Bzdyl and Katarzyna Chmielewska music: Mikołaj Trzaska (Igor Strawiński) libretto: Leszek Bzdyl (Mikołaj Roerich) choreographed and performed by: Katarzyna Chmielewska, Izabela Chlewińska, Tatiana Kamieniecka, Dominika Knapik, Anna Steller, Leszek Bzdyl, Radek Hewelt, Dawid Lorenc costume design: Sławek Blaszewski lighting design: Michał Kołodziej produced by: Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre & Teatr Wybrzeże/Gdańsk, Festiwal Wiosny/Poznań coproduced by: Art Stations Foundation/Poznań, Open Studio for Performing Arts in Burdąg supported by: Gdańsk City Council premiere: 17 December 2010 - Teatr Wybrzeże

Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre has been founded in 1992 by Leszek Bzdyl – a director and a choreographer, and by Katarzyna Chmielewska – a dancer and a choreographer; an independent group of professional dancers and actors. Many of today’s generation of Tri-City dancers, who at present determine the quality and strength of Tri-City dance stage, took their first steps with Dada. Dada Theatre has cooperated with many leading Polish representatives of Jazz and improvised music. Dada Theatre has organized numerous artistic events, e.g.: “A Day of Beautiful Society” (1996-2001) “Gdańsk Dance Corporation” (2002-2007), and has cooperated with many Polish cultural institutions. Dada artists have taken part in many international productions, such as: “The Rape of Europe” – Landscape X (Intercult, Stockholm 1998), “Drop Dead Gorgeous” – Vincent Dance Theatre (UK 2001-2002), “ODYS-SEAS” (Intercult, Stockholm/Gdańsk 2004), “Several Witty Observations” (Trans Danse Europe, Les Hivernales, Avignon, France 2004-2006), “Factor T” (Dance Advance, Philadelphia, USA 2007-2008). Since 2009 Dada Theatre has been in close cooperation with Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk, where it can produce and stage performances. In current repertoire are “Le Sacre”, “Caffe Latte”, “Red Grass” (presented at platform 2010), “Invisible Duets”, “Magnolia”, “so beautiful”, “Bonsai”. Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre is regularly funded by Gdańsk City Council.