Philadelphia Live Arts Festival,
Dance Advance and
Kulczyk Foundation present
Witold Gombrowicz and Dada von Bzdulow Theater
SEVERAL WITTY OBSERVATIONS (a la Gombrowicz)
Wednesday, September 12, 2007 - Saturday, September 15, 2007
Wed.-Sat., September 12-15, 8 PM
Fri. September 14th: Post-show discussion
Philadelphia Live Arts Festival
20 North American Street, Philadelphia, PA
Tickets: $15, Tel: (215) 413-1318 or online at www.livearts-fringe.org
Purposeful, energetic, sometimes sexy and funny - John Rockwell, New York Times
Entirely delightful - Helen Shaw, Time Out New York
DADA VON BZDÜLÖW THEATRE, after its successful US debut at La MaMa E.T.C. in November 2006, comes back to the US with its acclaimed dance-theater work, Several Witty Observations (à la Gombrowicz), to present it at the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and take part in the project Out of Bounds - choreographic encounters between Poland and Philadelphia, an outcome of which will be Factor T., a work-in-progress presentation that will take place on September 28.
Directed by Leszek Bzdyl, Several Witty Observations explores some of the eccentric themes from the writings of celebrated Polish author Witold Gombrowicz, creating very much in his spirit a world that confronts the everyday with a poignant sense of fearless abandon. Presented as a series of intriguing character portraits, Several Witty Observations delves into a subversive display of the human condition. Inspired by Gombrowicz's writing, Bzdyl's interest here lies in the writer's obsession with paradoxes - how self-identity is formed through the eyes of others, the complex nature of the adult self embracing immaturity, and the ideologies, conflicts and contradictions that define the individual in the world. The highly charged, idiosyncratic dancing is imbued with emotion and wry humor, as the dancers navigate a mischievous playground of confrontation and alienation in search of human connection. Several Witty Observations is choreographed and performed by Leszek Bzdyl, Katarzyna Chmielewska and Rafal Dziemidok. The work incorporates lighting design by Michal Kolodziej, and an ascetic, modernist set that consists of inflatable props by designer Maciej Chojnacki. The original music by Mikolaj Trzaska, one of Poland's best jazz musicians, is a strong point of the project as well, thanks to its brilliant integration with dance.
Dance Advance is 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 presentation of Several Witty Observations was made possible in part through a grant from the Trust for Mutual Understanding. Special thanks to the City of Gdansk and the Office of the Marshall of Pomorskie Voivodship.
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