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© Jakub Wittchen
Danspace Project
in association with
the Polish Cultural Institute

Dada von Bzdulow Theater and Leszek Bzdyl

Thursday, October 2, 2008 - Saturday, October 4, 2008, 8:30 PM

Danspace Project
St. Mark's Church, 131 East 10th Street, New York, NY
Tickets: $18, $12 members, Tel: 866.811.4111 or

...wickedly playful (...) a perfect Live Arts / Fringe experience - Merilyn Jackson, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Factor T." - an original, ironic and humorous performance - and a far cry from dance theatre as we know it - Miroslaw Baran, Gazeta Wyborcza

After its sold out run at the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe on Sept. 5-7, Dada von Bzdülöw will present Factor T., their new production, to New York audiences. This quirky and irreverent new work is based on the writings of Polish experimental filmmaker, novelist, philosopher, and poet Stefan Themerson. Factor T. is a theatrical interpretation of Themerson's theory that the eternal tragedy (factor T.) of mankind lies in the conflict between a compulsion to satisfy certain urges and an aversion toward the actions that such satisfaction may require.

Acknowledged as Poland's preeminent modern dance company, Dada is recognized throughout Europe for its intellectually rebellious flare. Factor T., directed by Leszek Bzdyl, will feature Katarzyna Chmielewska, Rafal Dziemidok, Leszek Bzdyl and Philadelphia dancer Bethany Formica in this hilarious, high-energy psychological deconstruction of the performer and his indispensable ego. The work incorporates lighting design by Michal Kolodziej, costumes by Hiroshi Iwasaki, and original music by Mikolaj Trzaska, one of Poland's best jazz musicians.

Factor T. was created as a part of Out of bounds - choreographic encounters between Poland and Philadelphia. The context for this project embraces both the performance of existing work and the application of diverse artistic practices as part of a collaborative encounter among artists in the creation of new performance material.

Out of Bounds: Choreographic Encounters Between Poland and Philadelphia was created in 2007 by the Polish Cultural Institute in New York, Dance Advance and Live Arts Festival in Philadelphia, and the Kulczyk Foundation in Poznan, Poland.

Factor T. is produced by: Philadelphia Live Arts Festival; Dance Advance, a program of the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Heritage, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by The University of the Arts; the Polish Cultural Institute in New York; Kulczyk Foundation in Poznan; Klub Zak in Gdansk. Co-produced by Warsaw Old Town Cultural Centre (SDK). With support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and City of Gdansk. It is presented in NYC by Danspace Project in association with the Polish Cultural Institute, with additional support from the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw.

More on Stefan Themerson

Factor T. - Video Production Blog

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