6th Days of Dance

This year’s Days of Dance begin with a premiere by the Polish National Ballet and end with a performance by the Boris Eifmana company.

This is already the sixth edition of the event, each attracting more and more viewers. Reserve dates from 15 to 23 November! 

For starters, the Polish National Ballet will debut its triple bill titled 1914, comprising pieces by Kurt Joossa (The Green Table), Jiři Kylián (Soldier’s Mass) and Robert Bondara (Nevermore…?). The prodcution will be shown on 15, 16 and 18 November. On 21 November the Warsaw company will present another triple bill — Obsessions bringing together choreographies by Krzysztof Pastor (Adagio & Scherzo and Moving Rooms) and Emil Wesołowski (Returning Waves).

But the festival’s highlights will undoubtedly be its guests. The ballet of the Grand Theatre in Poznań will present Cinderella on 20 November. We will see the popular ballet fairy tale set to Sergei Prokofiev’s music reworked by Canada’s Paul Chalmer, who used the classical technique to devise a show featuring a considerable dose of bitterness and dejection, and thus targeted rather at adults than children.

The audience will be treated to a completely different dancing style in Engagé & Rust (19 November), a collaboration of Elwira Piorun of Warsaw’s Zawirowania Theatre and Ido Tadmor, Israel’s leading dancer and choreographer. The two choreographies tell two tales of a mature couple’s relationship. The first was created by Tadmor, the other by Britain’s Rachel Erdos, who has been collaborating with Tadmor for a few years now. Engagé & Rust premiered last year in Tel Aviv. 

The festival’s last guest does not need recommending. The Ballet Theatre of Boris Eifman of Saint Petersburg will show Beyond Sin. The production, although not new, has never before been staged in Poland. 

‘Almost 20 years ago I put on The Brothers Karamazov,’ says Eifman. ‘The show was successful, also in Poland. Now, I’ve done new Brothers Karamazov, because the subject is still close to me, but I feel it needs a different rendition. I suspect that the audience needs it all the same.’ 

The new ballet version of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel will be shown on 22 and 23 November.

Jacek Marczyński


15, 16, 18 November 2014 
Polish National Ballet (Warsaw)


Ballet triple bill:
World premiere
Choreography: Robert Bondara
Music: Prasqual, Paweł Szymański, Steve Reich
Conductor: Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski
Set design: Boris Kudlička
Costumes: Julia Skrzynecka
Lighting: Maciej Igielski

Soldier’s Mass
Polish premiere
Choreography: Jiří Kylián
Music: Bohuslav Martinů
Conductor: Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski
Set and costume design: Jiří Kylián
Lighting: Kees Tjebbes

The Green Table
Warsaw premiere
Choreography: Kurt Jooss
Music: Friedrich A. Cohen
Staging: Jeanette Vondersaar
Costumes: Hein Heckroth
Lighting and masks: Hermann Markard
Lighting designer: Jan Hofstra

19 November 2014 (Small Stage)
Elwira Piorun & Ido Tadmor (Warsaw – Tel Aviv)


Ballet double bill:

Choreography: Ido Tadmor
Music: Fryderyk Chopin, Giuseppe Verdi, Leo Cow

Choreography: Rachel Erdos, Ido Tadmor
Music: Frank & Nancy Sinatra

20 November 2014

Ballet of the Grand Theatre (Poznań) 

Choreography: Paul Chalmer
Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Set and costume design: Anna Kontek
Lighting: Marek Rydian

21/11/2014 (Small Stage)
Polish National Ballet (Warsaw)


Ballet triple bill:
Adagio & Scherzo
Choreography: Krzysztof Pastor
Music: Franz Schubert
Set design and visual projections: Małgorzata Szabłowska
Costume design: Marta Fiedler
Lighting: Maciej Igielski

Returning waves
Choreography: Emil Wesołowski
Music: Mieczysław Karłowicz
Set design: Boris Kudlička
Costumes: Irena Biegańska
Lighting: Maciej Igielski

Moving Rooms
Choreography: Krzysztof Pastor
Music: Alfred Schnittke, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki
Costumes: Oliver Haller
Lighting: Bert Dalhuysen

22, 23 (x2) November 2014

Ballet Theatre of Boris Eifman (Saint Petersburg)

based on „The Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Choreography: Boris Eifman
Music: Modest Mussorgsky, Sergei Rachmaninov, Richard Wagner
Set and costume design: Viacheslav Okuniew