News from Polska – Polish performance in Bucharest

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Motion, dance and experiment will be the stars of the third edition of “News from Polska” performance arts festival due at the National Center of Dance in Bucharest during March 31-April 9, informs the Polish Institute in Bucharest, which is the festival’s initiator.

The most interesting Polish creators representing the young generation will tread the boards for the 2017 edition, entitled „The Tickler and the Ticklee”. The performances selected by curator Larisa Crunteanu use complex dramaturgies based on the inner dialogue or monologue.

Five performances are available during the festival, starting from monodramas up to more complex forms. It was important for us that the Polish artists invited to Bucharest should approach topics closed to the contemporary human being, regardless of the residence and the cultural context,” said Agnieszka Skieterska, the director of the Polish Institute in Bucharest.

The festival kicks off with the “Daughters of Lust” performance on March 31, a duet signed by choreographer Zuzanna Ratajczyk, where the artist is performing next to Eoghan Ryan. It’s a type of collaboration experiment and thus the performance of the two tires out the dance that becomes a platform for alienation, acting like a catalyst of the human expression in retort to the existential drama.

„Offering What We Don’t Have to Those Who Don’t Want It” performance by Ania Nowak will be staged the same weekend (April 1-2). The show is a theatrical interpretation of some topic belonging to a long-term research on love as political concept. Nowak will attend an artist talk at transit.ro/Bucuresti, where access is free of any charge.

Zuzanna Ratajczyk and Eoghan Ryan will also attend a workshop “New Breed Tournament” in the first weekend of April. Registration at ana.papadima@cndb.ro (maximum 20 participants), free of charge.

Piotr Wach will present his performance „Richard. A body of fury” on April 6, which is an analysis on Richard III figure inspired by Shakespeare’s and by Angélica Lidell’s „Richard’s Year”.

„Make Yourself” performance due on April 7-8 approaches a completely different topic. The show created by Marta Ziółek, with her performing next to other six choreographers and a singer, creates a futuristic universe where the characters’ voices and bodies abandon themselves to a corporate-pop will. According to the author, we are somewhere between a gym, a church and a corporation.

The festival ends on April 9 with „pURe” performance by Ramona Nagabczyńska, inspired from the Polish renowned theatre director and painter Tadeusz Kantor. The show is followed by the video screening of “The Tower” opera film, where female director Karolina Breguła presents the absurd story of a group of people who decide to build a sugar tower.

The Sunday night will end with the „Exit Promises” performance, with the Australian-born guest ZONE-L renegotiating the nature of the art space through a video and sound experiment at the border of a party and a personal development conference.

A ticket costs RON 35 (full price) or RON 20 (discounted price) and can be bought online at www.kompostor.ro, or from the National Center of Dance in Bucharest (80-82 Maresesti Boulevard) before each show.

Full programme of the „News from Polska” 2017 is available at culturapoloneza.ro. Event Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1721183388172443/.

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