“Choreographic Territories – Eastern Partnership” programme: Stage 1, Belarus

The project, realised in cooperation with experienced local cultural institutions, is a continuation of collaboration initiated at PDP 2014 in Lublin. It aims at building a platform for exchange of experiences and dialogue between the dance scenes in Poland and in selected EP countries. The program’s mission is to reclaim Central and Eastern European contemporary dance and to reintroduce it into the historic discourse and contemporary art environment. We believe that building a common dance scene across borders should not be restricted to following the well-worn trail of international trends; it should also empower local histories and give support to the countries struggling with political and financial issues.


Choreographic Territories presentations cover a large portion of the Polish Dance Platform 2014 programme and include some of the most interesting Polish contemporary dance productions in recent years, selected by experienced curators and jury members. In 2016, they will be shown to foreign audiences, who will have a chance to get better acquainted with a broad spectrum of genres, aesthetics and generations of Polish dance.


Artists participating in the Choreographic Territories are experienced instructors of dance techniques and movement composition. Their workshops, addressed to local dancers, choreographers and dance teachers, are the most efficient way for direct transfer of knowledge, experience and techniques developed by Polish contemporary dance.


Meetings with artists, symposiums, discussions

Meetings with artists, discussions between artists, and presentations of artistic achievements and knowledge in the political and historical context – all of these will provide a wider perspective and new insights into the dance shows. A series of discussions and symposiums dedicated to the local context of contemporary dance, involving dance researchers, journalists and theoreticians, will seek answers to questions regarding the process of building cultural identity through dance, the attitudes toward national and folk dance traditions, the common heritage and the different paths of development of contemporary dance scenes in Central and Eastern Europe. The project will also present the vast experience of Polish institutions and programs supporting dance, like the Institute of Music and Dance, the Centre for Culture in Lublin, the Art Stations Foundation or the East European Performing Arts Platform, with focus on the processes of creating new organisation models and a system of support for artists and dance event organisers.


The project’s first stage will be held in Belarus. See detailed programme below.


Stage 1 – Belarus

19 February (Friday)
7.30 pm – Stalking Paradise, Lublin Dance Theatre
Regional Drama Theatre in Minsk

20 February (Saturday)
5.00 pm – AKTY, Aurora Lubos
National Center of Contemporary Arts in Minsk

7.30 pm – Insight, Janusz Orlik
Room 40, Maciej Kuźmiński
Regional Drama Theatre in Minsk

21 February (Sunday)
5.00 pm – For Living in, Hygin Delimat (room no. 101)
6.00 pm – Death 24 Frames per Second or Do It to Me Like in a Real Movie, Agata Siniarska (room no. 202)
6.40 pm – Nijinsky. The Rite of Dreams, Wygoda/Krawczyński/Godowska (room no. 202)

National Center of Contemporary Arts in Minsk

22 February (Monday)
7.00 pm – Stories We Have Never Told, Lublin Dance Theatre
Regional Drama Theatre in Grodno

24 February (Thursday)
7.00 pm Stories We Have Never Told, Lublin Dance Theatre
Regional Drama Theatre in Gomel


Additional events
After, Before – performance by students of the Belarussian State University of Culture and Arts in Minsk (choreography: Maciej Kuźmiński) – 18 February, 7:00 p.m., Palace of Culture of Railway Workers

Contemporary dance workshops: Agata Siniarska, Janusz Orlik, Maciej Kuźmiński, Hygin Delimat, Aurora Lubos

Dance critique workshops: Contemporary Dance in Theory About Practice of Writing, a workshop run by Jadwiga Majewska and Anna Królica

Symposium meeting: Choreographic Territories – Eastern Partnership, run by Jadwiga Majewska and Grzegorz Kondrasiuk