The OLD BREWERY NEW DANCE program is a “presentation in a nutshell”, covering all the major points on the yearly agenda of Stary Browar's dance studio.
Since we started the program in 2004, every year Stary Browar's Słodownia has been as a venue for versatile activities revolving around dance, including performances, lectures, workshops, productions and residencies. Adopting a multi-faceted approach to contemporary dance, we want to promote and popularize this art among as wide an audience as possible. We put special emphasis on the development of young Polish choreographers and the presentation of avant-garde trends (conceptual choreography, performance art, body art, syncretic actions on the border of visual and performing arts).
As the 2007/2008 season is nearing its end, we would like to invite our audience to a series of shows by world-famous dance artists, who have all been extremely important for our dance studio this year. The leitmotif of this year's Old Brewery New Dance program will be artistic collaboration – a re-occurring subject in the last year's activities of Studio Słodownia +3. All performances and festival events are based on the idea of creative dialog of strong personalities. Choreographers already known to our audience have invited others, previously unseen at MALTA (last year Eszter Salamon danced with her family, this year she collaborates with Christine De Smedt from the Brussels-based group Les Ballet C. de la B., Philipp Gehmacher, the most talented Austrian choreographer of the young generation, makes his few-stage performance in collaboration with three other young artists); non-Polish performers (Yann Marussich, Switzerland) appear on stage with Polish musicians (Dawid Szczęsny, Radek Dziubek), and Polish and Israeli dancers and instrumentalists meet during a series of improvisational evenings, which we've called "Blind Dates".
We will also see the British duo New Art Club, who are already well-known to the Poznań audience, as well as the success of world's festivals, a brilliant production of LISA, a choreographic collective from Amsterdam lead by director Ivana Müller. Traditionally, the spectacles will be accompanied by workshops for young Polish dancers and actions bordering on dance and visual arts - this time we invite everyone to the excellent exhibition-installation presenting films by Pierre Coulibef. The French director registered the most interesting spectacles and silhouettes of the most renowned contemporary choreographers. The program will also include the presentation of photographs by Jakub Wittchen - a seasonal documentation of all spectacles held in Studio Słodownia +3.