Founded in Poznan in 1973 by the visionary choreographer Conrad Drezwiecki, its first years were constrained by the rigours of Communism, with conservative Polish audiences giving short-shrift to Drezwiecki’s progressive movement and his attempts to involve the public in performances set to scores as diverse as Chopin and Pink Floyd.
A visit to Poland by Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal in the late 1980s changed all that. The electrifying impact of Bausch’s Rite of Spring opened audiences’ minds to new possibilities in stage performance, thereby helping Polish Dance Theatre forge the new paths Drezwiecki aspired to.
Spool forward a few decades, and Polish Dance Theatre, under the directorship of the dynamic dancer and choreographer Ewa Wycichowska, is thriving; as indeed is its hometown of Poznan, now known as a lively hub for creative, avant-garde arts.
London will soon have an opportunity to experience Polish Dance Theatre innovative and experimental work, when the company brings its Forefather’s Eve_copy.Doc to the Laban Theatre.
Plugging into the current love affair between dance and science, Forefather’s Eve_copy.Doc draws on concepts of science and medicine, augmented reality and algorithms to shape its reflection on the idea of ritual and consider a body threatened by annihilation.
A study on the nature of consciousness, Forefather’s Eve_copy.Doc is inspired by the one of the greatest works of the Polish Romantic period, the poetic drama Forefather's Eve by the 19th century Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz.
The second source for this work is the American novelist William Gibson’s futuristic trilogy, Sprawl; so its scope is wide and ambitious.
It won’t be an easy viewing, but it’s guaranteed to be challenging and stimulating, and to open a window to the creative work being developed beyond these borders.
Age Guidance: 16+ Contains nudity
|What||Polish Dance Theatre, Forefather's Eve_copy.Doc, Laban Preview|
|Where||Laban Building, Creekside, London, SE8 3DZ | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Cutty Sark (underground)|
14 Mar 19 – 15 Mar 19, 19:30 Dur. TBC
|Price||£17.50 (concessions £12.50)|
|Website||Click here to book via Laban|