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"Nijinsky. The Rite of Dreams"
Sławomir Krawczynski / Tomasz Wygoda / Anna Godowska | Poland
10th May 7 PM, Lithuanian National Drama Theatre, Small Hall
Tickets: Tiketa.lt
Concept, libretto, direction, lights – Sławomir Krawczyński
Dance – Tomasz Wygoda
Choreography: Anna Godowska, Tomasz Wygoda / process work Sławomir Krawczyński
The play uses remixed fragments of Niżyński's ballet choreogrphy for „L'apres midi d'un Faun“ and „The Rite of Spring“.
Music: Igor Strawiński's „The Rite of Spring“, played by the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Bernstein, 1958
Costume concept: Sławomir Krawczyński, Tomasz Wygoda
Relevance consultation – Jadwiga Majewska
Technical implementation – Łukasz Kędzierski
Art direction – Marta Bystroń
Production: Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk
Premiere: 2013
Duration: 43 min
New staging of groundbreaking in the history of music and theatre Igor Stravinsky's „The Rite of Spring“. Solo performance as a trip into the depths of Vaslav Nijinsky's unconsciousness – recognised as a scandalous and legendary precursor of modern dance. A story about longing for the innocence when the heart was at the centre of thought. It is also a desire to turn back to the times in which community established its identity through the simple act of ritual dance and where relation with God was as direct and natural as the one between men.
We started our work from the „Diary“, which seemed to us a book of dreams, dreamed awake and frantically saved. And so we find ourselves in a world that is constantly teetering between ecstasy and nothingness, torn by contradictions. It is quite amazing that a piece that particularly accurately and deeply relate to this situation, is the "Rite of Spring" by Igor Stravinsky - the ballet, to which the first choreography was created by Nijinsky. This work, giving us a picture of the volcanic forces that are fighting for their formation in the world, puts us almost directly to the reality which was Nijinsky’s an everyday experience. Psychiatric diagnosis should not obscure the nature of these experiences. They are a mysterious process that even today brings us a message. In his ballets and in his „Diary“ – consciously or unconsciously – Nijinsky posed questions about the nature of our existence.
During the Polish Dance Platform 2014 in Lublin „Nijinsky. The Rite of Dreams“ won two of the three Special Awards of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland: for the best production (performance) and for the best performer – Tomasz Wygoda.
The premiere was produced within the frame of „What's with the Dance?“ project co-financed by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
Sławomir Krawczyński is a theatre director, dramatist, scenarist and author of short films. He co-founded – together with Anna Godowska – Bretoncaffe Theatre (2001) and was its art director. He initiated and carried out a research project entitled Dances of a Dreambody (since 2004) inspired by the methodology of Arnold Mindell’s process-oriented psychology (POP).
He is a multi-award winner at theatre festivals in Poland and film theatres in Poland and abroad. In 2013 he formed „The Rite of Dreams Project“ which is a continuation of his research and artistic work, focused on the issues concerning psychology and spirituality in theatre and dance.
In educational projects, Krawczyński has presented to participants his methods of artistic work using process-oriented psychology.
Anna Godowska is a dancer, choreographer, contemporary dance teacher, co-founder of Bretoncaffe Theatre. In 1995–1997 she was a soloist of Kielce Dance Theatre. In the next years she created solos and participated in international projects, among others in Germany and Paris. She was in residence of Choreographisches Zentrum NRW in Essen (2000), Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw (2002), Centre National de la Danse in Paris/Pantin (2005), Maison folie in Mons (Art Centre, Belgium, 2010) – the two latter together with Sławomir Krawczyński.
In 2001 she founded Bretoncaffe Theatre together with director S. Krawczyński and a musician Dominik Strycharski. In this group she has worked mainly as a choreographer, taking also part in most performances. She has created group choreographies (stage and outdoor performances) in cooperation with Scena 96’Association. She has co-operated with artists from different fields of art.
While exploring dance Godowska goes beyond pure physical body work technique. In her art and education work she combined inspirations and elements of methods from other fields, such as psychology, psychotherapy and spiritual practices. In her view dance is a unique way of spiritual expression, but also a way to discover spirituality.
Tomasz Wygoda is a dancer, actor, choreographer. He graduated from the Faculty of History of the Education School in Kielce. In 1997–2003 he danced for Silesian Dance Theatre in Bytom. He performed in USA, UK, Germany, France, Canada and Italy.
He collaborated with Warsaw Bretoncaffe Theatre. As an actor, he regularly collaborates with Stary (Old) Theatre in Cracow. The artist created choreographies for most of the operas produced by the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in Warsaw, including „The Fall of the House of Ushers“, directed by Barbara Wysocka, „Oresteia“ directed by Michał Zadra and for several Mariusz Treliński's productions (including foreign co-productions): „Boris Godunov“ by Mussorgsky (Vilnius Opera and Ballet Theatre/TW – ON, 2009), „Orfeo et Euridice“ (Bratislava Opera / TW – ON, 2009), „Traviata“ by Verdi (2010) and „Turandot“ by Puccini (2011).
Moreover, together with Mariusz Treliński he worked abroad on „La Bohème“ by Puccini (Washington Opera) and „King Roger“ by Szymanowski, „Aleko“ by Rachmaninoff and by Iolanthe Tchaikovsky (Marian Theatre in Petersburg). In Petersburg Marian Theatre he created stage movement for „Der Ring des Nibelungen“ by Wagner directed by Valery Gergiev, George Tsypin, Alexander Zeldin.