Dance Theatre – a cultural trail between Poland and Israel
NESTING is an exceptional spectacle that will lead the audience down a cultural trail between Poland and Israel. Work on the dance spectacle was an unprecedented opportunity for the exchange of experiences, thoughts and modern ideas about “yesterday” and “today” in Polish-Jewish relations. The effects of the collaboration between renowned Israeli choreographer, Idan Cohen, with the dancers of the Krakow Dance Theatre can be seen on 21 September (Monday) at 8 p.m. at the ICE Kraków Congress Centre. The event is organised in cooperation with the Krakow Festival Office.
The NESTING spectacle is the search for the broadly understood “home”. The people in the show are like birds which, spurred on by a primal survival instinct are able to circle the globe in search of shelter. The spectacle is based on the concept of a genealogical tree and nests built out of cultural memories. Its creators are searching for an answer to questions of the source of our identity. The incomplete branches of the genealogical tree cause problems in the finding of identity. This was the case of the Jewish nation, which was forced to flee Europe in the 1940s and was told that their home was somewhere completely different than they had thought until then. The creators of the show wonder what the foundation stones of our homes have “seen” and what shaped the ground on which we walk. The spectacle will be an attempt at discovering one’s own roots and building a new language of discourse between Poles and Israelis, who still share an enormous cultural space. The dancers speak with their bodies and emotions and their sensations will be pictured in a dynamic image through movement and sound.
Dance theatre is a genre constantly discovered, and thus constantly fresh. Thanks to the innovative form, the often-discussed Polish-Jewish relations will gain a new perspective in the show. The theatre does not close its on-stage statements in an artistic monologue, and every spectacle is an attempt at a conversation with the audience. It becomes a metaphysical space for the exchange of thought by the dancers, as well as a place of liberating and developing their artistic personalities.
Tickets priced from 40 to 80 PLN are available through the Eventim.pl website and InfoKraków city information points: at ul. Św. Jana 2, at Pawilon Wyspiańskiego (pl. Wszystkich Świętych 2), at Sukiennice (Rynek Główny 1/3) and at the Tourist Service Centre (ul. Powiśle 11).
Idan Cohen was born in 1978 in kibbutz Mizra in Israel. Even before he joined the world-renowned Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company – an ensemble formed by Yehudit Arnon – he was invited by Lara Bersak to take part in a video-dance project. Idan Cohen has appeared worldwide in spectacles of famous choreographers, including Rami Be’er, Inbal Pinto and Ania Brod. As of 2003, he has been teaching, performing and creating as an international award-winning independent artist. In March 2008, he won first prize at the Solo Tanz Theatre Festival in Stuttgart, Germany, for his spectacle My Sweet Little Fur. He has presented his works worldwide – the USA, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Bulgaria, Poland, Thailand and Greece. He has been invited to collaborate as a visiting artist, choreographer and teacher at the Cullberg Ballet in Sweden, UCLA University Los Angeles, D.N.A & CPR – Theatre New York, Amherst College MA, as well as the International Contemporary Dance Conference and Performance Festival in Bytom.
Eryk Makohon is the founder, director and choreographer of the Krakow Dance Theatre, with which he has worked for almost twenty years. He is the author of almost thirty spectacles, presented on stages in Poland and abroad. Makohon is the initiator, concept creator and first director of the Krakow Choreographic Centre. He is the author of educational projects carried out in cooperation with, among others, the National Centre of Culture, the Jagiellonian University, the Mościce Cultural Centre (as part of the Scena Otwarta Festival). Eryk Makohon is also an educator with many years of experience. Since 2012, he has worked at the Faculty of Dance Theatre in Bytom and in the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Krakow as well.
The Krakow Dance Theatre has produced over 25 full-length spectacles performed at the biggest festivals in Poland and abroad. The founder and director of the Theatre is Eryk Makohon who forms an artistic tandem along with Paweł Łyskawa and a group of independent dancers. Since 2008, the Theatre has been consistently producing its own artistic endeavours. Makohon is the initiator and organiser of cyclic international contemporary dance workshops with educators from Poland and abroad, the dance competition “3..2..1..TANIEC” [“3..2..1..DANCE”], the Contemporary Dance Festival SPACER, as well as the BalletOFFFestival, organised at the Nowa Huta Cultural Centre from 2008 to 2015. Many years of Eryk Makohon and the Theatre’s artistic and organisational activities have also contributed to the creation of the Krakow Choreographic Centre. An adept Group, including over 40 dancers, also works with the Theatre. At artistic and organisational level, the Theatre has worked with such institutions as the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology, the Institute of Music and Dance, the Groteska Puppet, Mask and Actor Theatre, the Małopolski Art Garden, the Ludowy Theatre, the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts, as well as Krakow City Hall and the Marshall’s Office of the Małopolskie Voivodeship.