Animals are the closest to humans living creatures. We love them, we enjoy their presence, and at the same time we try to dominate them without finding out what they feel and what they are really like.
What if we fully discovered their wild and surprising nature? Could we awaken our empathy for them? Could we feel respect for their autonomy, natural beauty and instinctive wisdom?
We would like to invite you to the “KoczkodanSe” performance for young viewers aged 7-11. On the one hand, the performance fits in the Polish Dance Theatre’s idiom “Man-animal" (2022), on the other hand, it is part of our new mission: we want to infect children with dance.
Children have been hearing and seeing in fairy tales for ages that animal characters feel and suffer, that they can worry and be happy, that they know how to love and hate; that their feelings are no different from those of humans. It is a pity, however, that we see this only in fairy tales.
“KoczkodanSe” tells a simple story, and yet - in addition to touching and entertaining - we hope it will sow the seeds of curiosity, love and magic that the characters in our tale have found... within themselves.
Buffalo - Katarzyna Rzetelska
Kangaroo - Jinwoo Namkung
Guenons - Julia Hałka, Patryk Jarczok
Goat - Sandra Szatan
Lion - Daniel Michna
Bear - Dominik Kupka
Parrots - Zbigniew Kocięba, Emily Wong- Adryańczyk
Penguins - Katarzyna Kulmińska, Kacper Bożek
Elephant - Evelyn Blue
Camel - Zofia Tomczyk
Giraffe - Jerzy Kaźmieczak
Co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund - a special purpose state fund and supported by the Self - Government of the Greater Poland Voivodeship.
libretto and dramaturgy: Radosław Wysocki
directed by: Iwona Pasińska
stage design, costumes: Andrzej Grabowski
music and sound design: Zbigniew Kozub, Michał Beszczyński, Zuzanna Majewska
video projections: Marek Grabowski, Edyta Pietrowska
costume collaboration, hairstyles and make-up: Adriana Cygankiewicz
production assistant: Paulina Jaksim
graphic design: Piotr Zdanowicz
co-created and performed by:
Evelyn Blue, Kacper Bożek, Julia Hałka, Patryk Jarczok, Jerzy Kaźmieczak, Zbigniew Kocięba, Katarzyna Kulmińska, Dominik Kupka, Daniel Michna, Jinwoo Namkung, Katarzyna Rzetelska, Sandra Szatan, Zofia Tomczyk, Emily Wong- Adryańczyk
with special guests:
as Director: Ewa Zgrabczyńska (Director of the Zoological Garden in Poznań)
as Director: Maksymilian Świtała (debut in a dance theatre)
Michał Beszczyński, Adriana Cygankiewicz, Artur Dolata, Przemysław Gapczyński, Zuzanna Majewską, Grzegorz Potocki, Dariusz Szych
premiere: June 1st, 2022
duration: 45 minutes