Thu, 03/19/2020 - 08:47

- What does dancing mean to you? 
- Everything. It's all I have. When I dance, I can afford to be someone. 
- Who? 
- Someone other than normal. 
- Who? 
- The best possible worse version of myself. 
- Do you believe in paradise? 
- When I dance sometimes I think I get this high. 
- Your worst nightmare? 
- Not being able to move, losing the ability to feel. 
- What would you do if you couldn't dance? 
- I would like to disappear. 

POISON refers to medieval dance epidemics, whose various forms were defined in the 19th century as choreomania. Etymologically, choreomania combines the Greek words "choros" (dance) and "mania" (madness), thus calling spontaneous, non-canonical and inconvenient movement manifestations of bodies in public space. "Dance plagues" took place in medieval Europe, but in the performance they are placed in the current social context. So there are references to "Climax" by Gaspar Noé or to the folly madness that Prodigy's leader, Keith Flint, sang about in the song Poison. 

Choreographically, POISON refers to extra-social dances (social dancing) that have the power to build physical community and physical empathy - during gatherings, protests in urban space or in clubs. Working with a group of dancers from the Polish Dance Theater we study dance as a passion and intoxication. We observe how they materialize in individual bodies and in their personal stories. We move between individual perspective and group dynamics. We look at how dance creates a group from individuality, thus becoming a collective experience. 

The premiere took place as part of the Year of Scoffs – a programme cycle of the Polish Dance Theatre, planned for 2020 – which is a time of liberation through laughter and appreciation of the role of humour in life and theatre.

The performance was included in the ranking of the best performances of the 2019/2020 season, prepared by the Teatr/Theatre monthly.


CK Zamek w Poznaniu


Choreographer and director:
Marta Ziółek
Choreographer's assistant, choreographic cooperation:
Wojciech Grudziński
Texts and dramaturgy:
Anka Herbut
Lubomir Grzelak
Rafał Dominik
Tomasz Armada
Lighting design:
Aleksandr Prowaliński
Dobromir Dymecki 
Making off:
Karolina Sobel
Paulina Jaksim
Costume designer's assistant:
Martyna Konieczny

Choreographic cooperation on voguing scenes:
Magdalena Marcinkowska

Choreographic cooperation on krump scenes:
Piotr ZONTA Król

Premiere cast:
Amy Basely, Evelyn Blue, Kacper Bożek, Julia Hałka, Paulina Jaksim, Patryk Jarczok, Katarzyna Kulmińska, Dominik Kupka, Paweł Malicki, Daniel Michna,
Michał Przybyła, Adrian Radwański, Katarzyna Rzetelska, Sandra Szatan, Emily Wong-Adryańczyk

Current cast:

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

Performance service:
Adriana Cygankiewicz, Przemysław Gapczyński, Piotr Grywaczewski, Zuzanna Majewska, Grzegorz Potocki, Daniel Wiśniewski

Robert Chodyła

Polski Teatr Tańca