Art stations fundation - by Grażyna Kulczyk

CK Zamek, Sala Wielka
Dada Theatre Le Sacre perofrmance

directed by 
Leszek Bzdyl and Katarzyna Chmielewska 

Mikołaj Trzaska (Igor Strawiński) 

Leszek Bzdyl (Mikołaj Roerich) 

choreographed and performed by 
Katarzyna Chmielewska, Izabela Chlewińska, Tatiana Kamieniecka, Dominika Knapik, Anna Steller, Leszek Bzdyl, Radek Hewelt, Dawid Lorenc

costume design 
Sławek Blaszewski 

lighting design 
Michał Kołodziej

produced by 
Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre & Teatr Wybrzeże/Gdańsk, Festiwal Wiosny/Poznań 

coproduced by 
Art Stations Foundation/Poznań, Open Studio for Performing Arts in Burdąg 

supported by 
Gdańsk City Council

17 December 2010 - Teatr Wybrzeże


Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” serves as a point of departure for the fortieth production of Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre. However, bypassing this milestone in the history of dance theatre, Le Sacre bases itself on the apocryphal transcript of the purported original version of the ballet, rejected by Diaghilev. The apocrypha was created by Leszek Bzdyl and Mikolaj Trzaska (music). As critics emphasise, it is the company’s most perfected performance, the most serious production, which, at the same time, does not relinquish the pinch of irony so characteristic of the Dada von Bzdülöw’s other productions.

Combining dance theatre with elements typical of drama theatre Le Sacre is a contemporary variation on the theme of sacrifice, understood differently than in the Stravinsky’s piece. Anybody can be become a sacrifice, not just one singled out person. Le Sacre thickens and intensifies the theme, disposing of the Slavic entourage and directing the audience’s attention to the contemporary forms of inflicting death.

Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre founded in 1992 by Leszek Bzdyl – a director and a choreographer, and by Katarzyna Chmielewska – a dancer and a choreographer; an independent group of professional dancers and actors.

Many of today’s generation of Tri-City dancers, who at present determine the quality and strength of Tri-City dance stage, took their first steps with Dada. Dada Theatre has cooperated with many leading Polish representatives of Jazz and improvised music, such as: Mikołaj Trzaska, Olo Walicki, Wojciech Mazolewski, SzaZa (Paweł Szamburski & Patryk Zakrocki).

Dada Theatre has organised numerous artistic events, e.g.: “A Day of Beautiful Society” (1996-2001) “Gdańsk Dance Corporation” (2002-2007), and has cooperated with many Tri-City and other Polish cultural institutions: Gombrowicz’s City Theatre in Gdynia, The Baltic Sea Culture Centre in Gdańsk, Klub Żak in Gdańsk, Theatrum Gedanense Foundation in Gdańsk, Old Brewery in Poznań, “Zamek” Culture Centre in Poznań, Re:visions Warsaw, Body-Mind Festival, Warsaw, Teatr Nowy in Łódź.

Dada artists have taken part in many international productions, such as: “The Rape of Europe” - Landscape X (Intercult, Stockholm 1998), “Drop Dead Gorgeous” – Vincent Dance Theatre (UK 2001-2002), “ODYS-SEAS” (Intercult, Stockholm/Gdańsk 2004), “Several Witty Observations” (Trans Danse Europe, Les Hivernales, Avignon, France 2004-2006), “Factor T” (Dance Advance, Philadelphia, USA 2007-2008).

Since 2009 Dada Theatre has been in close cooperation with Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk, where it can produce and stage performances.

Reprtoire: "Le Sacre", "Caffe Latte", "Red Grass", "Invisible Duets", "Magnolia", "so beautiful", "Bonsai"

As of today Dada artists have performed in 21 European States, China, India, South Korea and USA.

Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre is regularly funded by Gdańsk City Council.