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Krzesany, choreography by Conrad Drzewiecki. From the collection of Dr. Jacek Luminski
Dance New Amsterdam,
with support from the Polish Cultural Institute in New York,
presents:


POLISH DANCE IN THE 1980s:
SILENCE OR REVOLUTION?

three panel discussions

part of Performing Revolution in Central and Eastern Europe

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - Thursday, January 14, 2010

Dance New Amsterdam
280 Broadway, 2nd Floor (entrance on Chambers), New York, NY

Tickets: free Tel: 212.625.8369
Hours: Mon-Sun 9 AM - 9 PM

Panel 1 (January 12): Polish Dance in the 1980s: Silence or Revolution?

Panel 2 (January 13): East and Central Europe: Revolution through Dance

Panel 3 (January 14): World Revolutions


Part of Performing Revolution in Central and Eastern Europe, a performing arts festival marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe, presented by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in partnership with key New York City cultural organizations and academic institutions, November 2009 - March 2010, the panels are organized in conjunction with the exhibition Poland in the 1980s: Searching for Revolution in Dance, on view at Dance New Amsterdam January 7 - February 14, 2010.


This series of three panels is intended to provoke discourse about Poland's late 20th-century revolution in dance. Moderated by Dance New Amsterdam's Executive Director, Catherine Peila, it will feature critics, scholars, and practitioners of dance from Poland, U.S., other Performing Revolution Festival countries, and from around the world. The first panel will focus on Poland and will feature Polish and American specialists in Polish dance and dance history, including Roman Pawlowski (chief theater and dance critic for Gazeta Wyborcza), Roman Arndt (dance historian), Dr. Agnieszka Jelewska (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan), and Dr. Jacek Luminski (Executive Director and founder of the Silesian Dance Theatre in Bytom, and Dean, Dance Theater Department State Drama Academy in Krakow), along with American counterparts George Jackson (critic and dance historian), Prof. Alan Kucharski (Swarthmore College), and Prof. Anna Peterson Royce (Indiana University at Bloomington).


The second panel in the series, East and Central Europe: Revolution through Dance, features cultural participants from other Performing Revolution countries, including Bonnie Sue Stein of GOH Productions (USA/Czech Republic), Ivan Talijancic of Wax Factory (Croatia), and American dance critic Donald McDonagh, along with guests (TBA) from Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Poland, and Germany. Tapping into a larger discussion of each country's limitations and freedoms, this discussion will address inequities and change as represented through choreography and movement vocabulary.


For the concluding panel, World Revolutions, artists and presenters from around the world (South Africa, Zimbabwe, Cuba, the Middle East and Europe) will have a round table discussion about their work, specifically the process, goals, and effectiveness of utilizing performance as a means of expression throughout their native country's revolutions. Speakers will include Sduduzo Ka-Mbili (South Africa; Choreographer and Director of JUXTAPOWER: South Africa's Dance and Song in New York City), acclaimed choreographer Nora Chipaumire (Zimbabwe), dance critic and journalist Gaby Aldor (Israel), George Jackson, and Donald McDonagh (USA).


The panels will be simulcast online with a live blog for offsite audience interaction.


Presented by Dance New Amsterdam as part of Performing Revolution in Central and Eastern Europe , a performing arts festival marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe, presented by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in partnership with key New York City cultural organizations and academic institutions, November 2009 - March 2010. www.performingrevolution.org.


Developed in conjunction with the 2009 Understanding Dance conference in Poland, which was hosted by the Dance Theatre Department of the State Drama Academy in Krakow and the Silesian Dance Theatre in Bytom. The events are made possible through generous support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Polish Cultural Institute in New York, American Express, and the Silesian Dance Theatre.


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