On September 12 of this year, the 50th anniversary of its founding, the Polish Dance Theater was awarded the Gold Medal for "Meritorious Service to Culture Gloria Artis."
The honorable mention is given to individuals and institutions that contribute to the development of culture and art in Poland through artistic creativity, cultural activities or the protection of national heritage.
The medal was presented during the inauguration of the 50th anniversary season at the Polish Dance Theater(PTT). The program for the inaugural evening included the presentation of a documentary film entitled "My Theater" directed by Radek Wysocki and the premiere of the performance"Out of the Hat" choreographed by Jo Strømgren..
- One should give thanks for this beautiful time marked by outstanding figures," Marek Woźniak, Marshal of the Wielkopolska Region, stressed in his speech. - It is appropriate, while thanking for these 50 years to all those who have contributed to them, to wish that the next 50 years and the next will be equally wonderful, revealing, full of innovation, inspiration, multimedia, interdisciplinary, because that is what they are today and I think that they will be in the future," said Marshal Woźniak.
The next 50 years and the next will be equally wonderful, revealing, full of innovation, inspiration, multimedia, interdisciplinary, because that is what they are today and I think that they will be in the future," said Marshal Woźniak.
On behalf of the head of the Ministry of Culture, the Gold Medal "Meritorious for Culture Gloria Artis" was presented to Iwona Pasinska, Director of the Polish Dance Theater, by Beata Maszewska, 2nd Deputy Governor of Wielkopolska. In her speech, she noted that the Polish Dance Theater "has been bringing together lovers of the art of dance and music for generations". - I wish you that the gold medal presented to you today, awarded in recognition of your efforts to enrich the national heritage in an extremely creative way, will bring you fulfillment and justifiable satisfaction. May this honor be a source of creative inspiration for the years to come," she said.
In a congratulatory letter to the Theater, Øystein Bø Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway, expressed his delight that the celebration of the unique anniversary of the Theater's 50th anniversary began with the premiere of the play "Out of the Hat," directed and choreographed by Jo Strømgren, one of Scandinavia's best-known choreographers. - Today's performance proves that a different language, cultural area, tradition can be a driving force for cultural exchange and dialogue, the Ambassador wrote. He also wished the Polish Dance Theater 50 years, ending the letter with a phrase taken from Norwegian: gratulerer med dagen (happy birthday).
Congratulations to the entire Ensemble were also expressed by Waldy Dzikowski, MP, Małgorzata Waszak - Klepka, Chairwoman of the Wielkopolska Region Assembly, Jacek Jaskowiak, Mayor of the City of Poznań, and Paula Lis - Soloducha, Director of the National Institute of Music and Dance.
We will remind you that September 12 was the inauguration of the Polish Dance Theater's anniversary season, which until the end of June 2024 will be filled with cyclical and special events, which in various ways are part of the theater's 50th anniversary.
And what lies ahead? On October 25, the world premiere of "Out of the Hat" will take place at the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, while the Polish premiere will take place on November 25 at the Grand Theater in Warsaw.
Four more premiere performances await us as part of the anniversary season celebrations: "Republic of Dreams" directed by Igor Gorzkowski and choreographed by Iwona Pasinska (16.11.2023), a performance - a gift for the 50th birthday of the Polish Dance Theater prepared by friends and theater enthusiasts (1.01.2024), "A Midsummer Night's Dream" - a co-production with Bodytalk (23.04.2024), and "Death or Liberation" choreographed by Emil Wesolowski, 1st soloist with the Polish Dance Theater company under Conrad Drzewiecki (15.06.2023). In this, the last of the theater's anniversary productions of the season, we will see artists from the former and current lineup together on stage..
December 16, during the 5th International Festival "1 page - 1 look - 180 seconds". - organized since 2017 by the Polish Dance Theater, we invite you to the premiere of the next choreographic film project of the Polish Dance Theater titled "The Living Record. "Living Record," directed by Iwona Pasinska.
In a series of monthly exhibitions, we will present archival materials and works inspired by the repertoire and characters of PTT Artists - paintings, poster graphics, press publications, works by the winners of the "1 page - 1 look - 180 seconds" contest, and in subsequent installments - works by costume designers, photographers, a map of artistic journeys and a special installment dedicated to Theatre founder Conrad Drzewiecki. The series of exhibitions will conclude with presentations of guests and awards of the Polish Dance Theater..
During the author's meetings of co-founder and first deputy director of the Polish Dance Theater Slawomir Pietras entitled "Characters of the 50th Anniversary of PTT", legendary figures associated with the Theater - Conrad Drzewiecki, Teresa Kujawa, Emil Wesolowski, Pawel Chynowski, Piotr Voelkel, Roma Juszkat, Przemyslaw Sliwa, Krzysztof Pastor, Ewa Wycichowska, Iwona Pasinska - will be recalled..
All events taking place at the Polish Dance Theater in Poznan are accompanied by the exhibition "50 Years of PTT History", which welcomes theater audiences already in the foyer..
On the occasion of the anniversary, a two-volume, bilingual, monumental publication has also been prepared (according to the concept of Iwona Pasinska and the graphic design of Ryszard Bienert), including 3600 photos by Andrzej Grabowski, portraying the history of the theater, the process of work on the performance and the Artists of the Polish Dance Theater in different ways. The publication also includes recollections of Persons connected with the Theater who have not yet been told, including Slawomir Pietras and Iwona Pasinska, and - in the chapter "microhistories" - employees of the Polish Dance Theater..