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The Polish Cultural Institute, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival,
Dance Advance, and Kulczyk Foundation

Dada von Bzdulow Theater and Leszek Bzdyl

Friday, September 5, 2008 - Sunday, September 7, 2008
Fri. & Sat., September 5 & 6, 8PM
Sun., September 7, 7PM

Post show discussion, September 6, moderated by Anna Drozdowski, MatchMaker and Manager of Movement

Philadelphia Live Arts Festival
Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 North American Street, Philadelphia, PA
Tickets: $20, Tel: 215.413.1318 or online at

American Premiere!

... like liquid gold, infinitely articulated, and eminently watchable - Lisa Kraus, Philadelphia Inquirer

Purposeful, energetic, sometimes sexy and funny - John Rockwell, New York Times

Entirely delightful - Helen Shaw, Time Out New York

The creators of the 2007 Live Arts hit, Several Witty Observations (a lá Gombrowicz), will present Factor T., a quirky, irreverent new work 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.

More on Stefan Themerson

Factor T. - Video production blog

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