Thu, 06/24/2021 - 10:09
Romeos & Julias unplagued.Traumstadt

The Polish Dance Theatre and the bodytalk collective from Münster have already shared successes on the stages of Berlin, Leipzig or Mannheim, the Cologne Dance Theatre Prize for the performance “JEWROPE” (2014) and the title of the “performance of the year” awarded to the Polish-German co-production “SOLIDARITOT” by the magazine “tanz- Zeitschrift für Ballett, Tanz und Performance” (2019). 

In 2021 they meet again for the premiere of  "Romeos & Julias unplagued.Traumstadt". They want to see what will happen when dance, understood as creative movement and the most corporeal of arts, collides with reality. And to create a space for reflection about the effects of the pandemic by rediscovering the love story of Romeo and Juliet as told in William Shakespeare's immortal drama. 

The coronavirus plague forces us to confront death. It imposes a physical distance, referred to as “social distance”. The trauma of isolation stimulates reflections on the transience of human life, triggering the need to redefine such concepts as contact and closeness. This begs the question: how were pandemics dealt with in the past? The Renaissance was an era in which physicality and the individuality of the human body were reborn: love, sex, the body, death, freedom, Eros and Thanatos... how did Shakespeare measure up to the experience of death caused by past plagues? The famous balcony scene evokes conversations held from a distance during a lockdown. Capuletti's masquerade ball takes on a new dimension as a result of the 2020 experience. Similarly, the conflict of generations: young Juliet, Romeo, Tybalt, Mercutio, who fall victim to the war waged by their parents. After all, in the case of the pandemic, we had a situation where the young posed a threat to the elderly, who were less resistant to the coronavirus.

Drawing on these inspirations, the playwright Rolf Baumgart and the choreographer Yoshiko Waki, want to create an image of the City.

Will the eponymous Traumstadt turn out to be a “city of dreams” or a “city of traumas”? 

The premiere of the performance will be presented as part of the Malta Festival Poznań 2021, on 20 and 21 June 20 at 8:00 P.M. at the seat of the Polish Dance Theatre at 8 Stanisława Taczaka Street in Poznań.

The performance  received the Golden Yorick Award, namely the main prize in the competition for the best Polish staging of William Shakespeare's dramatic works and pieces inspired by the works of William Shakespeare – during the 26th Shakespeare Festival in Gdańsk (2022).

“Romeos & Julias unplagued .Traumstadt” is a co-production of the Polish Dance Theatre and the bodytalk collective in cooperation with asphalt festival and the Pumpenhaus Theatre, subsidized by the City of Münster and the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the “Dance” program, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance and supported by the Local Government of the Greater Poland Voivodeship.

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Concept and choreography: 
Yoshiko Waki 

Assistant choreographer: 
Rene Haustein

Rolf Baumgart

Stage design, costumes: 
Nanako Oizumi 

Damian Pielka

Evelyn Blue, Kacper Bożek, Julia Hałka, Patryk Jarczok, Paulina Jaksim, Jerzy Kaźmierczak, Zbigniew Kocięba, Katarzyna Kulmińska, Dominik Kupka, Daniel Michna, Jinwoo NamKung, Pau Pérez Piqué, Katarzyna Rzetelska, Sandra Szatan, Emily Wong - Adryańczyk

Production assistant: 
Marcus Bomski

Costume assistant: 
Adriana Cygankiewicz

Production coordinator: 
Robert Chodyła

Spectacle service: 
Bartłomiej Baran, Michał Drozda, Przemysław Gapczyński, Piotr Grywaczewski, Zuzanna Majewska, Grzegorz Potocki, Dariusz Szych