Klub Żak

12. Gdansk Dance Festival / Winter

  • Don't, kiss fot. D. Videmsek
  • O, fot. R. delli Paoli
  • Entrance, fot. G. Mart

22-23 February 2020

On February weekend of the 12th Gdańsk Dance Festival we will show three performances of artists we met thanks to the international Solo Dance Contest. Watching the work of soloists from previous years, the audience can observe directions and trends of European dance, as well as the personal development of artists. On the first day we will see three male duets. The first is the premiere of the residency with mentor Nimrod Freed from Israel. Maxime Freixas and Francesco Colaleo will be working on the spectacle inspired by the works of Bill Viola for two weeks. After the premiere presentation, we will see Don’t, Kiss duo of Jernej Bizjak and Fabio Liberti, who in 2017 took second place in the Solo Dance Contest. The evening will be complemented by the Italian Compagnia Lost Movement - Samuele Arisci and Salvatore Sciancalepore. All performances are characterized by a light, even humorous form combined with technical precision and original choreographic solutions.
On Sunday, the Krakow Dance Theater will once again dance on the stage of Suwnicowa Hall. The Entrance is result of cooperation with the choreographer Ayrin Ersoz, whom the artists met at the residence at Klub Żak in 2017. "Dancers in strong, expressive and almost forceful, physically exhausting choreography show what people, who leave their homeland and seek shelter from war and persecution, must face," wrote Luiza Nowak after the premiere.

TICKETS  for 22.02

30 PLN / 25 PLN – Culture Card* / 15 PLN – discounts* / 8 PLN – Dancers Card*

TICKETS  for 23.02

20 PLN / 15 PLN – Culture Card* / 10 PLN – discounts* / 8 PLN – Dancers Card*

*students, seniors, Big Family Card; after showing Card/Pass while buying tickets (1 ticket for 1 card/pass)




C’EST PAS GRAVE / cie MF / performance: Francesco Colaleo, Maxime Freixas / artistic cooperation: Nimrod Freed / within  residency/premiere project of Gdansk Dance Festival 2020 / 35 minutes / PREMIERE


C'est pas grave (no matter, not bad) is a consolation that disturbs all structures. Artists will look at how banal events affect our lives, how much we are burdened with the spiritual gravity of feelings and events. The inspiration for the performance is, among others, the work of Bill Viola.

Francesco Colaleo - dancer and choreographer, graduated from ballet and contemporary dance in Naples. In the years 2010-2012 he cooperated with, among others, Roberto Zappala and Ismael Ivo. Since 2018, he has been cooperating with CCNR / Yuval Pick and Center Formation Desoblique. Together with Maxime Freixas they create Compagny MF.

Maxime Freixas - choreographer, founder of Cie MF. Together with the youth ballet of Geneva he danced in the choreographies of Hofesh Schechter, Giulherme Bothello and others. Currently works with Italian and Swiss bands. In 2019 he graduated from contemporary dance pedagogy at the CND in Lyon. In 2016, he was on the board of the Crane Room with his own solo "Sindrome Di Ulisse".



O / Lost Movement Company / choreography: Nicolo Abbattista / performance: Samuele Arisci, Salvatore Sciancalepore / dramaturgy: Christian Consalvo / 15 minutes

DON’T, KISS / choreography: Fabio Liberti / performance: Jernej Bizjak, Fabio Liberti / mucis: Per Henrik Maaenpa / 15 minutes


In 2017 "Solo for Real" by Fabio Liberti performed by Jernej Bizjak took second place in the Solo Dance Contest organized by Klub Żak. "The movement, created on antinomies, was dense and expressive; small and held back; big and slow. He emphasized the sense of separateness from the world around him. A difficult topic combined with a very good performance contributed to the creation of a beautiful presentation." Nicole Bolda wrote after the performance. This time, artists will come to Club Żak with a duo whose choreography is based on one principle: you can't stop kissing.

Once again, we will also see the choreography of Nicolo Abbattista, who together with the dancer Samuele Arisci participated in the Solo Dance Contest 2018. Mirosław Baran wrote about their performance: “Arisci parodies the figures of classical ballet, he dances with deliberately excessive concentration. The performance ends with energetic, lively choreography - again to electronic music." This time we will see the duo Arisci and Salvator Sciancalepore, who after graduating from the Ballet School in Tuscany, studied contemporary dance in London and collaborated with numerous choreographers such as Roland Price, Ian Knowles and Francesco Nappa. Dancers are currently performing at the Lost Movement Company founded in 2011 by Nicolo Abbattista.



THE ENTRANCE / Krakow Dance Theatre / choreography: Ayrin Ersoz / performance: Pamela Bosak, Magdalena Skowron, Paweł Łyskawa, Eryk Makohon, Mateusz Ulczok / video: Grzegorz Mart / music: Seirgiej Maingardt / 50 minutes

The performance is built around the theme of the refugee crisis. The creators aim to transform humanitarian care into an artistic form that sheds light on - often not explicitly expressed - prejudices about refugees. The problem of Others entering foreign societies resonates with history and is invariably valid. The Entrance explores the question of this relevance, engaging artists from three countries: Poland, Turkey and Germany, and thus showing views on the same subject from three different perspectives - embedded in completely different social, economic, political and cultural contexts.

The Krakow Dance Theater was founded in 2008 by Eryk Makohon. Currently, the Theater is also co-created by Paweł Łyskawa and a group of independent dancers. KTT operates under the institutional patronage of the KTO City Theater. It has its own studio, where, apart from artistic work, it carries out the educational mission undertaken many years ago. The audience of Club Żak had the opportunity to watch their pictorial spectacle based on Polish folklore - "My | Wy" and the touching "Singulare Tantum" created as part of the Żak’s residence with Ayrin Ersoz.