•  Dance 2014
 Poland
  Polish Dance Theatre - Poznan Ballet
FORTY
Direction, choreography, stage design and lyrics: Jo Strømgren
Coproduction: Jo Strømgren Kompani
Lighting director: Hans J. Skogen
Costumes: Bregje van Balen
Assistant: Adriana Cygankiewicz
Music: Jo Strømgren, Viljo Vesterinen, George Brassens, Fryderyk Chopin, Giacomo Puccini, Francisco Tarrega, Serge Gainsbourg, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Antonio Vivaldi, Norbert Gabla, Ronan Hardiman, Ich Troje, Astor Piazzolla, Alfredo Catalani, Eleni Karaindrou, Lars Årdal
Musical arrangement: Krzysztof "Wiki" Nowikow
Rehearsal manager: Anna Gruszka
Cast: Andrzej Adamczak, Karina Adamczak – Kasprzak, Agata Ambrozińska – Rachuta, Urszula Bernat – Jałocha, Artur Bieńkowski, Adriana Cygankiewicz, Agnieszka Fertała, Paulina Jaksim, Zbigniew Kocięba, Kornelia Lech, Paweł Malicki, Marcin Motyl, Denise Josefine Patzelt, Adrian Radwański, Bartłomiej Raźnikiewicz, Katarzyna Rzetelska, Daniel Stryjecki. Paulina Wycichowska-Gogołek
”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 it’s a matter of choice, really. Of deciding which papers in which order. Our story is one of these.” Jo Strømgren The performance follows the life of a certain woman from the moment she was born in 1973 to her birthday in 2013. These four decades reflect the time of doubts, hopes, struggle, choices and unpredictable events, guided by heroic virtues – lust for life and will to survive. In this trip through chaotic Europe the main protagonist succeeds to find a compromise between own ambitions and circumstances that are forced upon her. Many layers of the performance portays not only individual strivings of one person but also becomes a synonym of a journey of a country and a Dance Theatre. Poland went through some radical changes within last forty years, what are the future prospect? 40th anniversary of Polish Dance Theatre rises 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, it’s all a matter of which details you emphasize, ignore or exaggerate.

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Performance translated into Romanian.

Performance is being created as a part of project titled ”Signs of time - to overcome borders. Artistic and educational activities in Poland, Norway and Iceland” within a framework of ”Promotion Of Diversity In Culture And Arts Within European Cultural Heritage” programme (EEA 2009-2014 Financial Mechanism).
Performance within program of MARSHALL OFFICE OF THE WIELKOPOLSKA REGION IN POZNAN “Ambassador of Wielkopolska Culture”.

Project co financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund within the Wielkopolska Regional Operational Programme for 2007-2013.

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