Gdansk Dance Festval – 23-24.02.2019
In February, the 11th Gdańsk Dance Festival, we will show four unique performances by artists whom we met thanks to the international competition Solo Dance Contest, which not only shows directions in European dance and promotes young artists, but above all combines and enhances creative fervour. Here’s who will dance for us: last year's winner - Leila Ka, who won the hearts of the Gdansk audience with extremely precise and endearing PODE SER; Dominik Więcek, several finalists, also audience awards, Federica Bottini, whose scenic development we could observe over several years, in a duet with Laura Guy; and this year's resident - Sarah Bleasdale, who made the audience laugh at SDC 2016.
The performances oscillate around the stereotype of masculinity, permissible behaviours. They ask about how much truth we show about ourselves, and how much we realize it. Each performance uses a different technique and means: from disguises and laughter in INNERMAN - the premiere residency spectacle, through the brilliant irony and emotions of BROMANCE, to the surprising, eye-catching choreographic layer UP STAY UP and NO CHÃO.
BROMANCE / concept, direction, choreography and performance: Michał Przybyła, Dominik Więcek / music: Przemek Degórski / dramaturgy : Anna Królica / realized as part of the residency competition NOWA GENERACJA / production: Centrum Rezydencji Teatralnej SCENA ROBOCZA / 50 minut / premiere: 5.10. 2018
"The most beautiful part of Bromance is the tango scene with the swirl of complex figures, which both performers hyper-professionally present joined together" body into body ". Only that every now and then, in this filled with indispensable passion and mutual fascination mood, sneaks in some strange, mischievous "game of feet", carried out quite seriously - they both tumble over their hands so strong, that it hurts. And then again, as if nothing had happened, they are returning to a dance-filled formation full of passion. " wrote Juliusz Tyszka after the premiere. The critic Julia Niedziejko sums up: "The Bromance performance, in a thoughtful and unpretentious way, fills the gap that has been empty for too long. Dominik Więcek and Michał Przybyła commented on a topic that on Polish soil has long been demanding artistic expression as much as a thorough examination. "
UP STAY UP / concept and choreography: Laura Guy, Federica Bottini / 30 minutes / premiere: November 2016
What happens if we bring out what we keep inside, hidden behind smiles and layers of pretended certainty?
How many hesitations, doubts, vulnerability, truth, desires, feelings are allowed to be showed?
The performance is another result of meetings at the Gdańsk Dance Festival. Laura Guy and Federica Bottini got to know each other during the Solo Dance Contest 2016 competition and decided to cooperate. UP STAY UP was created during a residency at Lake Studio in Berlin and was presented at festivals at Skopje Dance Fest and ACT Fest in Bilbao in June 2017. Laura currently dances at the Ephemera Dance Company and after training in India she also conducts yoga classes. Federica specializes in several dance styles: ballet, hip-hop and even capoeira. She participated in the Solo Dance Contest competition three times and she became known to the audience as a vibrant and spontaneous personality.