A co-production between Jo Strømgren Kompani and Polish Dance Theatre (PL).
An evening of contemporary dance to popular Polish music from previous decades, associated
with the mid-life crisis of a woman. This blend of nostalgia, retrospective scrutiny, and
a fearful gaze at the future is also the celebration of Polish Dance Theatres 40th
aniversary. The production is part of a long-term collaboration between the two companies,
triggered by JSKs continuous presence in Poland thoughout the years.
Life is like a book, they say. But life is not a book. Life is written on thousands
of loose sheets. You can tell a story, yes, and say this story is the truth. But its
a matter of choice, really. Of deciding which papers in which order. Our story is one of
The performance follows a woman, from her birth in 1973 to her birthday in 2013. The
timespan of 40 years reflects a period of doubts, hopes, struggles, choices, and unforseen
events, driven by herioc virtues the lust for life and the will to survive. On her
journey through a chaotic Europe, she manages to find a compromise between her own
ambitions and the circumstances that are forced upon her. The multiple layers of the
performance aims to portray not only the quest of a single individual, but also the one of
a country and a dance company. Poland has changed radically the last 40 years, what are
the future prospects? The 40th anniversary of Polish Dance Theatre raises the same
question. As a piece of artwork, the performance does not delve into facts and figures. A
fictive viewpoint, and even the view of an outsider, may just as well provide the
necessary distance to communicate on an associative level. The truth is never the truth
anyway, its all a matter of which details you emphasize. Or exaggerate.
The premiere of Czterdziesci is a part of a bigger project of Polish and
Norwegian collaboration, titled Signs of time overcoming the borders.
Artistic and educational activities in Poland, Norway and Iceland.
Lenght: approx. 80 minutes, no interval
Touring: Poland, Norway, Russia
Premiere: Poznan, Poland, June 15th 2013
02/10 Stavanger Konserthus, Stavanger, Norway
17/10 Kielecki Teatr Tanca, Kielce, Poland
19/11 Opera Baltycka, Gdansk, Poland
28/11 Oskard, CKiS Konin, Konin, Poland
01/02 2014 Teatr Imca, Warsaw, Poland
14/02 2014 Opera Nova, Bydgoszcz, Poland
Choreography, text, set: Jo Strømgren
Performers: Polish Dance Theatre
Costumes: Bregje van Balen
Lighting design: Hans Skogen
Music: Jo Strømgren, Viljo Vesterinen, George Brassens, Fryderyk Chopin, Giacomo Puccini,
Francisco Tarrega, Serge Gainsbourg, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Antonio Vivaldi, Ronan
Hardiman, Ich Troje, Astor Piazzolla, Alfredo Catalani, Eleni Karaindrou, Lars Årdal
Production set, costumes: Polish Dance Theatre
Producer: Polish Dance Theatre
Co-producer: Jo Strømgren Kompani
Supported by:: Norsk kulturråd, EEA Grants.
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