Let them be helpless like children, because weakness is a great thing, and strength is nothing. When a man is just born, he is weak and flexible, when he dies, he is hard and insensitive. When a tree is growing, it is tender and pliant, but when it’s dry and hard, it dies. Hardness and strength are death’s companions. Pliancy and weakness are expressions of the freshness of being. Because what has hardened will never win. - Stalker, A. Tarkovsky
Would you really want your deepest longings to come true?
19 of March 19:00
Kiev Academic Molodiy Theatre
Lublin Dance Theatre
concept and choreography: Külli Roosna, Kenneth Flak
dance: Ewelina Drzał- Fiałkiewicz, Anna Żak , Ryszard Kalinowski, Wojciech Kaproń/ Lublin Dance Theatre, Aleksandra Łaba, Wojciech Łaba/ Physical Studio
music and video: Kenneth Flak
light: Grzegorz Polak
sound: Dariusz Kociński
time: 60 min
production: Center for Culture in Lublin, Institute of Music and Dance
Performance of "Stalking Paradise" was realized in cooperation with the Institute of Music and Dance under the program Orders choreographic 2014
In Stalking Paradise, the Estonian/Norwegian choreographer duo Roosna & Flak investigate the difficulties of belief together with the dancers of Lublin Dance Theatre and Physical Studio. What do we believe? Why do we believe what we do? How hard is it really for different beliefs to coexist?
In the performance different elements of faith are explored and questioned through movement, sounds and texts: dogmatism, flow, change, stability, adaptability. On which basis do we make our decisions? Do we act to satisfy the group norm, or do we act from a genuine individual conviction? How can we know the difference between the two—is there even a fundamental difference?
The Lublin Dance Theatre was founded in 2001 by Hanna Strzemiecka, who became the company’s long-standing choreographer and artistic director, and Anna Żak, Ryszard Kalinowski, and Wojciech Kaproń, the then dancers of the Contemporary Dance Group of Lublin University of Technology. Originally, the group had been an independent student initiative, but, over the years, it had worked out a unique style, recognised in Poland and abroad, becoming a leading Polish dance theatre. Implementing their artistic mission consistently, the leaders of the group transformed it into a professional dance theatre, based in the Centre for Culture in Lublin. In 2005 Beata Mysiak joined the company, and in 2007 Anna Kalita became its manager. Currently, Ryszard Kalinowski is the group’s artistic director. The artistic activities of the Lublin Dance Theatre focus on building a dance theatre that is a space for dialogue with the audience. The LTT’s performances are shaped by all of the theatre’s members working in close cooperation: they search for an original form of communication by creating movement based on the body’s physicality and facilitating a dancer’s individual expression.