Polish Dance Theatre performance in Transylvania's most beautiful city
For the first time in Romania, on 11 and 12 November 2022, the Polish Dance Theatre will present the performance “Let the living bury the dead”, directed by Aleksandra Dziurosz and Tomasz Szczepanek, on the stage of Centrul Cultural Ion Besoiu.
The performance of the piece from the repertoire of the Polish Dance Theatre will take place at the invitation of the Sibiu Ballet Theatre (Teatrul De Balet Sibiu). The Sibiu Ballet Theatre has existed since 2008; it is organised by the City of Sibiu in Romania, which held the status of European Capital of Culture in 2007, together with Luxembourg. The Romanian theatre company has around 40 members coming from all over the world. It organises, among others, the International Competition of Classical and Contemporary Dance.
The Polish Dance Theatre, as part of its collaboration with Sibiu Ballet Theatre, presented the performances “Harvest”, directed by Igor Gorzkowski and choreographed by Iwona Pasińska, and “45”, choreographed by Jacek Przybyłowicz, in 2019.
The performance “Let the living bury the dead” is an attempt to tame the process of dying, pushed to the margins of collective consciousness by modernity. In a dialogue with the second part of Adam Mickiewicz's “Dziady” (“Forefathers' Eve”), its creators reflect on what death means to us, the living, for us as individuals and for us as a society. The intersection of two perspectives – group and individual – prompts another question: what can we, the living, know about death?
The Polish Dance Theatre's 2017 production received the Reporters' Prize at the 25th Jubilee Festival “Zderzenie Teatrów” (“Clash of Theatres”) in Kłodzko (2019).
The Centrul Cultural Ion Besoiu (until recently the Culture House of the Trade Unions) was established in 1973. It is an important and significant cultural space; major festivals such as the Sibiu International Jazz Festival are organized here.
The project to present the performance by the Polish Dance Theatre in Romania received funding from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the “Ambassador of Culture” program run by the Self-government of the Wielkopolska Voivodship.