several witty observations

The Annex
November 16 - 26, 2006
Thursday - Sunday 7:30pm
*No performance on Nov. 23rd
Tickets $20

Dada von Bzdulow Theatre
Based on the writings of Witold Gombrowicz
In association with the Polish Cultural Institute

Dada von Bzdulow Theatre for the first time in the US with their stunning dance production, Several Witty Observations. The production will be presented in association with the Polish Cultural Institute, with support from the City of Gdansk and the Office of the Marshall of Pomorskie Voivodeship. 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.

Witold Gombrowicz (1904-1969) is recognized by international theater artists and scholars as one of the 20th century’s greatest playwright/novelists. Under the Communists much of his work – novels, plays, and diaries written mostly during self-imposed exile in Argentina and France – could not be published in Poland for decades. With biting humor Gombrowicz attacked the restrictions of social convention. His works rankled the establishment with their irreverent, dissident views and homoerotic content, serving up a lively blend of religious satire, class struggle, and scatological humor. From the viewpoint of philosophy, Gombrowicz is intriguing as a thinker whose concepts show the beginnings of philosophical ideas and methodologies popular during the second-half of the twentieth century – from existentialism to deconstruction.  “…unbeatable sources of absurdist adrenaline” - Charles McNulty, The Village Voice and “eccentric genius” - Louis Begley, The Washington Post.

Created 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 is a brilliant integration of dance and music. Trzaska is a saxophonist, bass clarinetist and composer, and one of the founders and major representatives of the yass scene in Poland.  Considered one of the best Polish jazz musicians, he performs all over Europe.   

Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre was founded in 1993 by artistic directors Leszek Bzdyl and Katarzyna Chmielewska. The company’s performances have their origin in the theatrical tradition, while their basic language of communication is rooted in contemporary dance. Dada von Bzdülöw has produced more than 30 performances. The company has partnered with City Theatre in Gdynia since 1995.  From 1997-2000, Dada created a cycle of artistic events called A Day of Beautiful Society. From 1998-2001, Dada participated in projects at Baltic University of Dance, co-creating and performing in such choreographies as In the Body, Zaspa by Avi Keiser (Germany), and Papugai by Tatiana Baganova (Russia). The company members have also worked in international productions in Germany, Belgium, Sweden and England -- most notably Piotr Cieplak’s The Rape of Europe – Landscape X (Intercult, Stockholm, 1998). From 2004-2006, Dada participated in the Trans Danse Europe project. Since 2000, the company has been affiliated with Klub Zak/Gdansk, where the company initiated a new contemporary dance festival called Gdansk Dance Corporation.  Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre has toured internationally to England, Belgium, The Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Russia, Slovenia and Switzerland. Upcoming engagements include performances in Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Ireland, Iceland, Slovenia, and Switzerland.

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"A tremendously spectacular performance"
M. Maran, Gazeta Wybotvxs

"A piece worth watching many times over"
T. Skutnik, Dziennik Baltycki



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