The Amareya Theatre is a theatre of movement and the body. It was founded in the year 2003 on the initiative of Agnieszka Kamińska, Katarzyna Julia Pastuszak and Aleksandra Śliwińska. From the start, the theatre has been co-operating with the Winda- Gdański Archipelag Kultury (The Lift – the Gdańsk Culture Archipelago) club. The theatre is active on three fields: artistic – original performances, theatre projects; educational – butoh dance workshops, theatre and dance workshops, voice and movement workshops, lectures, publications concerning dance and theatre, as well as on the field of culture animation.
The theatre has its own methods of working in the artistic and educational fields, based on the butoh dance technique, as well as the physical theatre techniques, modern dance, the Martha Graham technique, African dance, singing, yoga and psycho-somatic relaxation techniques. The theatre continues to improve its own artistic techniques and tries to include the current social, political and cultural contexts in its work.
In January 2010, the Amareya Theatre initiated the Gdańsk Butoh School, as part of which it organises workshops, lectures, meetings, performances, as well as invites butoh dancers both from Poland and abroad.
The Amarea Theatre has presented the following performances;
2004 – “Sen Ikara” (The Dream of Icarus)
2005 – “Tłumaczenie kobiety – dialog na 3 krzesła” (Explanation of a Woman – a Dialogue for 3 Chairs)
2005 – “Xenos”
2005 – “Mandala życia i śmierci” (A Mandala of Life and Death), in co-operation with Atsushi Takenouchi (butoh)
2005 – “Eros i Thanatos” (Eros and Thanatos) with Daisuke Yoshimoto (butoh)
2005 – “Haiku na trzy ciała” (A Haiku for Three Bodies)
2006 – “Ten ku Youran” – „Kołyska nieba” (The Sky Cradle), with Daisuke Yoshimoto
2006 – “Teatr Anatomiczny – Misterium życia i śmierci” (The Anatomical Theatre – A Mystery Play of Life and Death), with Joan Laage (butoh)
2007 – “Dream Regime – Teatr dla Wspólnoty” (Dream Regime – a Theatre for the Community), in co-operation with the Gekidan Kaitaisha Theatre, Joanna Czajkowska (Okazjonalny Theatre), and the charges of the Gdańsk-based MONAR
2008 – “Caravan Project”, with Ang Gey Pin and Anna Haracz (Kino Variatino)
2008 – “Exit – Transgresyjny Tryptodram Feminalny”
2008 – “Tribute to J.S.” – a solo peformance – Agnieszka Kamińska
2009 – “Faceless” – a solo performance – Katarzyna Julia Pastuszak
2009 – “4 dziewice z Mottlau” (Four Virgins from Mottlau), in co-operation with the participants of the “Autobutō” workshop, as part of the AurtoArt educational –artistic-research programme in Galeria LKW.
2009 – “Nie wydawaj” (Do Not Spend) – in co-operation with the charges of the ‘Sinol’ Co-operative of the Visually Impaired
2010 – “Inskrypcje” (Inscriptions) – premiere on 8th January, 2010
The Amareya Theatre has presented its performances during numerous festivals in Poland, including the KLAMRA 2007 Alternative Theatre Meetings, the Butoh Dance Festival (Gdańsk), the Gdańsk Dance Festival, the Gdańsk Dance Corporation Festival, DIONIZJE (DIONYSIA) (Ciechanów), the Tychy Theatre Meetings, “Wyjście z Cienia” (Exit from the Shadow),Gdańsk, the STTN Meetings of Tri-City Independent Theatres (Gdańsk), the Butoh Barter (Warsaw), the Theatre Feast (Parchowo), the ATENA Student Theatre Festival (Pułtusk), the TUTart Festival (Gdańsk), The Lyrical Installations Festival (Gdańsk) and others. The theatre has also taken part in the “Opening Doors III” project, organised in Vienna by the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, and performed in the Uppsala Museum Gustavianum in Sweden..
Dancers from the Amareya theatre have been taught by the Japanese butoh dance masters, including Itto Morita, Mika Takeuchi, Minako Seki, Marie-Gabrielle Rotie, Yumiko Yoshioka, Atsushi Takenouchi, Yuri Nagaoka, Seisaku, Mikami Kayo, Ko Murobushi, Daisuke Yoshimoto, and Joan Laage. They co-operatw with the Theatrical Experiments Centre in Bröllin (Germany), the Japanese Gekidan Kaitaisha Theatre run by Shimizu Shinjina, with the dancer Joan Laage and the independent musician Tomek Chołoniewski.
So far, the Amareya theatre has received honorary mentions for the graphical beauty of the “Sen Ikara” (The Dream of Icarus) performance (2005), for the originality of form in the Body Theatre for the „Xenos” performance (2007) and the second jury award for the “Exit” performance and its ability to involve the imagination of the audience in 2008, during the Tychy Theatre Meetings.
The experiments of the Amareya theatre concern the psychological and physical presence of the performer, individual, extraordinary movement techniques, the limitations and unlimited creative potential of the body, deepening the awareness of the body, expanding creativity and spontaneity, expressing one’s emotions by using movement and voice, methods of treating the body in modern societies: violence, control, objectifying the body, dehumanization of death, commenting on the reality by means of movement and body.